Purple Tote with Coin Purse

Project Description

What are you most proud of? It is magic making buttons for my handbags and totes. Several weeks ago I bought a large amount of purple coarse weave upholstery fabric, and before I started cutting the fabric to make bags, I sat down and made 50 pieces or so of purple/green polymer clay beads and buttons. Look at the two buttons on the front placket, purple with green accent--I added a spiral design from a slice of transparent and white polymer clay. The transparent is rolled to a thin sheet, then roll a sheet in white. Laying one sheet on top of the other, roll them up like a jelly roll. With a thin blade I cut thin slices and patted them on the top of the purple green polymer clay. Afterwards I used a wood skewer to make buttons holes. The beads and buttons were baked in my oven 275 degrees F, for 30 minutes. What advice would you give someone starting this project? COIN PURSE: Add a removable little purse inside your bag. It is a great way to use up scraps as your are cutting out your bag project. POCKETS: Think about dividing larger pockets into smaller sections. HANDMADE POLYMER CLAY BUTTONS: If you haven't tried your hand at making polymer clay beads and buttons--it is a great hobby to share with your kids or grandchildren. I highly recommend Donna Kato's books--showing step by step how to make beautiful polymer clay beads, buttons, and other projects. Have a great week sewing!

What you will need

  • Purple Coarse Weave Upholstery Fabric Exterior
  • Printed Purple Cotton Lining
  • Scraps of Colorful Cotton for Accents; Coin Purse made with cotton fabric scraps
  • velcro
  • hot pink zipper
  • handmade polymer beads for front faux placket
  • red and pink cording for couching accents
  • magnetic snaps
  • lobster claw key fob
  • and the kitchen sink.

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