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Hand Bags and Purses

Hello and welcome, I was doing some more stitching and embroidery onto handbags last week. I also did a little recycling as well 🙂  The first project of the week was this awesome tote bag. I found the pattern ..free..on allpeoplequilt.com  It’s about 15″X 15″ and 6.5″ deep ( 38cm x 38cm x 16.5cm ) And its actually the pattern that inspired me to look for this fabric. Its not identical to the pattern but it was close enough and of course I added some machine embroidery. I love these wonderful stamps and post marks and text (that I used in a previous project) from Urban Threads

The recycled part of this project is the handles, the bag bottom, the little top corner pieces and the tab for the latch hook. These pieces are from used Carhartt work pants. I picked out the best pieces of the legs and used the fabric inside out since the outside of the pants were faded and had a couple of grease spots and spots of paint that wouldn’t wash out 🙂

I used a black polyester fabric for the inside ( I didn’t get photos ) and I used a magnetic snap closure.  Its going to make a great travel bag. I never seem to have enough room for all the necessities 😉

Large Tote

Large Tote

 

Embroidered stamps

Embroidered stamps and text

I added lots of embroidery designs to this one. I wanted it to look well traveled 🙂

Large Tote

Large Tote

I added a small latch hook to keep keys and little things like that handy.

The second project of the week was this lovely handbag. Back in September of 2013 I won a draw over at SusieDDesigns. My Prize was the  pattern for the Amelia Pleated  Handbag. Its taken me a few months to get around to making it…huge surprise eh?  lol I had to order buckles and closures for the bags and well I got busy while I waited for the parcel to come. But what better time for a new handbag or two is spring time? I loved the fabric from the large tote so much that I used it to make a matching handbag with the pattern. This pattern was a dream to work with. The instructions are very well written and the diagrams are right on, step by step. The handbag measures about 10″ X 12″ ( 25.5cm x30.5cm)

Handbag

Handbag

I added a large stamp and post mark embroidery design to either side of the handbag, its adds a nice texture too.

I also lined the handbag with the same black polyester fabric that I used inside the large tote. I used fusible web on both lining and outer fabrics, the woven kind, and I found this to be the best that I have used. It kept the slippery polyester from shifting as I was sewing with it.

Fabric Purse 1

Handbag

 

This lovely Batik fabric went into making this handbag from the Amelia Pleated Handbag pattern.  I had made this one about 3 weeks ago , but I have been waiting to post about it since it was a gift for my daughter and it had a long way to travel in the mail 🙂 I lined this one with a tan colour cotton fabric and used brass coloured buckle and closure.

Fabric Purse 2

Batik Handbag

I hadn’t used magnetic closures before so I popped over to SusieDDesigns’ blog and read her very helpful tutorial on how to attach a magnetic snap closure. After that I had all the info I needed and I think I did a pretty good job on my first try.

Fabric Purse 2

Batik Handbag

I already have a request for another handbag. These were so easy to make and it doesn’t take very much fabric. For the size of it, I can really get quite a bit into it… I never seem to travel light lol

Thank you to SusuieDDesigns for creating such lovely patterns and thank you for dropping by…happy stitching

Izz

 

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April 22, 2014 · 8:53 AM

Handbags and Gladrags

Hi there, its time for spring cleaning and a little refashion of a few old handbags.

I have a few left that I had tucked safely away until I knew just how I wanted to “revamp” them. That’s my word lol but I’m from another time in space anyway lol Its the popular thing to do isn’t it?  ..revamp, recycle, up cycle and refashion?

Red Wool Tote with embroidered horse design on front   12" X 12" / 24" handles

BEFORE –   Red Wool Tote with embroidered horse design.

 

This is the Before photo of the Red Wool Tote. As you can see its a “primitive” style and that was my intention at the time. Its lined with a medium weight satin fabric. But it just didn’t sell at the markets.

I took seam ripper in hand and began to remove the embroidery floss that I had embellished the edges and handles with. I also removed the button and button flap. I removed the lining to resize it and took the gussets off the bag as well. All that was left was the horse and pony design. I trim the main bag to a 12 X 18″ piece. I folded it in half and lined up my ruler with a couple of large pins for “stops” and cut a slit with the rotary cutter for handles about 1-1/2″ from the top of the bag. (properly felted wool fabric won’t unravel at the edges) I sewed the side seams, and was ready for the lining. I cut the lining to the same size as the outer bag and allowed for the lining to be folded down below where the handles were. Inserted the magnetic closure and  hand stitched the lining into the bag.

AFTER

AFTER

Lining and closure

Lining and closure

 

For the next bag. I not only took it apart like the did the red wool bag, but I picked the embroidery design off of it too. It was an “airy” design so it only took an hour and it came off fairly easy.

Brown Wool Tote  BEFORE

Brown Wool Tote BEFORE

I gave the wool a good steam press with a hot iron to freshen it up after having the old embroidery design on it. Trimmed up the wool fabric  to 12″ X 18″ like I did for the red bag, and stitched a new embroidery design onto the front. This  design is a Jacobean Bloom. I think it turned out quite nice. (The pictures really don’t do these designs justice). I replaced the lining which was a poly/ cotton fabric with a pretty Batik fabric and added a magnetic closure to this bag too.

I love working with the wool fabric. Dense embroidery designs stitch so nicely onto it because it is a sturdy fabric, and wool wears so well. Wool also washes well without fading over time.

Inside of brown wool bag

Inside of brown wool bag

AFTER - Brown Wool Bag

AFTER – Brown Wool Bag

Im very happy with the results, and the size of the bags.12″ X 12″   A cute size to hold your wallet and cell phone with plenty of room. I have a few more bags that need to be  “revamped” and they will be ready for the market. 🙂

Thanks for dropping by…happy stitching

Izz

 

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March 24, 2014 · 2:52 PM