Monday, May 9, 2011

From a graphics transfer to a purse!

Okay, this project started out with the whole grain sack idea and kind of morphed into something a little different.  The grain sack piece will be down the road a bit.  For now, I found a graphic I loved at the Graphics Fairy.  The words are in French and look so romantic - but don't be deceived.  It's actually an advertisement for window hardware of some sort.  Humorous.  I have an ad for hardware on my purse.  I guess not too many people will catch that . . . but in case you're interested, it says,
Not so romantic after all . . .
 I just kind of made this up as I went, and learned a lot along the way.  Next time I'll change a few things.  I took the 8 1/2 x 11 printed piece that went through the printer and cut an identically sized piece for the back of the purse - then two side pieces.  I sewed them all together to make a tube.
 Then I searched through my fabric piles of which I have many.  Only my best friend has seen my fabric stash.  I don't think my husband even knows how much I have - but he probably does now since he reads every post!  I found a nice canvas-weight black and white piece that was perfect.  I added a tube of that onto the bottom of the purse - about 7" wide.  After sewing it all together and putting a nice stiff piece of heavyweight mat board in the bottom of the purse (for shaping), I sewed on some store bought handles and a loop and toggle for the closing.

And it's done!  I like it!

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Aroura said...

Good grief! I love it!!!

Theresa said...

I have often wondered when I use Karen's graphics that are in french, what I'm actually putting on a pillow or bag! That's funny, but I would still use it too! xoxo

Nook & Cranny said...

Love the bag.
Thanks for sharing.

saltbox treasures said...

Hi. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love your handbag! You made it look easy.
Have a great rest of the week.
~ Julie

fairyrocks said...

Gorgeous work!!
Keep smiling and creating

Blue Creek Home said...

coming over from DIY Party to tell you how much I love your purse!
I make pillows using graphics - I made a purse like you making it up as I went!!, but there has to be an easier way. I may just tackle another one now!
I have a Thursday treasure hunt party - join in some time.

Sweet Young Journey said...

Love your bag! Super cute!
Visiting from Freckled Laundry.
: ) Cheryl

Pieces From The Past said...

love the purse!!!



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