Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Polka dot purse/bag

So I am so inspired by all of you wonderful, amazing, crafty talented creative people.  I only wish I could sit and create all day and have oodles of money to buy all that I want and think I need.  I have really been loving all the fabric flowers I have seen and wanted to find a way to use them.  I apologize I do not know who's blog I saw these on or if I even made them they way they said.  I have a vague (let's just say I'm over 40 so everything is getting vague) memory of how these are made and so I took that and just winged it.  If  I got my idea from you, apologies, really... would love to give you the credit.  I will say I love what Jen at Tatertots and Jello has going on and the feel of her former blog layout ( love the new one too Jen) and so that was kinda the feel I was going for!  I know enough rambling!


So as you can see I cut out some circles, nothing special here, they gradually get a little bigger starting with the floral working up to the red. Some pinked some not.


I folded the circle in half and found the half way point and took a couple of stitches about 1/4" from the fold. Then I folded it in half the other direction and did the exact same thing. This gives it a bit of a pucker.
See how it isn't flat any longer.  I did this to all of them and then stacked them on top of each other and sewed them together with 4 or 5 stitches to the center.


Ok peoples, this is one of the funnest little tools around, I just love making these and they look so professional, but there is nothing to it.  You can pick them up for 2 or 3 dollars. Simply follow directions on the back and wala you have....


I glued this to the center of the flower.  I could have sewn it because it has a little eye to sew it on but I am a fan of hot glue, I mean getting done quickly!


Hmmm, isn't she cute??? Oh and I thought it needed a little "sompin sompin", so I took a strip of the black fabric about 5 inches long and 2 inches wide and just took a basting stitch on one side, until I had this cute little fan, that suppose to look like a leaf, and then took a few stitches and hot glued it to the back of the flower.  Do you see that little polkadot background.  I had the perfect thing to add these flowers to.


Isnt' it so cute?  I found this bag at Hob Lob.  They sell them for 7.00 I think.  I got mine half off.  I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it, but I thought it needed something, so I added these flowers. Hey notice the chair, she is growing up!


You can't see well, come a little closer my dear! I really am happy with it, I'm not sure if I will use it as a purse, I prefer a longer handle, still considering if I want to change that out. But I love it, burlap and polkadots, what's not to love I ask you!!!! Oh I almost forgot check out the inside.


I cut a piece of that plastic canvas to fit the bottom of the purse and covered it in coordinating fabric.  It helps give it a little more stability and a pop of color on the inside!


Here is a pic of the canvas, it's that stuff you sew on with yarn.

Anyway, I am glad summer is almost over and I get back to blog land and all you spectacular, brilliant artist/crafter/decorator types.

Speaking of creating, check out this amazing sunset we had this evening.  So glad I keep a camera with me! 


Now isn't that BEATUIFUL!!!



~toodles~ Laura

4 comments:

Country Mouse said...

Super cute bag...love what you did with it!!!

kathie said...

Hi Laura! I love your buttons, those are so fun! You asked about the glaze I used on my turquoise tables~ it is a Ralph Lauren glaze tinted in Tobacco. I had to order it online since HD no longer carries it in the store, so I got it from ace hardware online. I hope that helps! Thanks for visiting my blog :)

kathie said...

Hi Laura! I love your buttons, those are so fun! You asked about the glaze I used on my turquoise tables~ it is a Ralph Lauren glaze tinted in Tobacco. I had to order it online since HD no longer carries it in the store, so I got it from ace hardware online. I hope that helps! Thanks for visiting my blog :)

Moogie said...

Great blog! I'm your newest follower.

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