Sunday, June 7, 2015

WOOHOO...MY NEW HANDBAG!


It took a while (more on that in a minute), but it is finally finished.  I. ABSOLUTELY. LOVE. IT!

I cannibalized the handles and the heart from old purses.  Additionally, I pulled out the magnets from my old purse and used them as the closure on this purse.  They are STRONG magnets and the purse stays closed wonderfully.  Using that type of closure, however, required a bit of "improvising" on my part...but it was well worth it! 


You can't really see it in this photo, but the silver handle clasps that I took from my old purse are peeling.  I put those parts of the handles in the back and will look for replacements.


The inside of this bag has a TON of pockets!  Oops, just spotted some threads that need clipping!  Tomorrow I hope to make a zipper pouch out of the same fabrics to hold all of my medications securely.  The pouch I have now is quite beat up.

In the face of "true disclosure", LOL, I did make two mistakes in sewing...which I didn't notice until I turned the bag inside out.  I fixed the missed areas with Liquid Stitch.  All in all, not bad for my first try at making a handbag.


12 comments:

  1. Love it, Lin. I've been waiting to see it. It's great.
    RedRobin

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    1. Thank you, RR. I loved making it!

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  2. Very nice Lin! I love blue and this purse is a winner. I love the "recycling" aspect as well! Good Job!
    Carrie W.

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    1. Thank you, Carrie. I really had fun and can see myself making this handbag over and over again, hopefully without the two little mistakes, LOL. fortunately I could fix them and will try very hard not to make that mistake again. This was a GREAT learning experience.

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    1. Thank you, Connie! It was FUN to make!

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  4. Beautiful bag and how fun to use parts for other bags.

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    1. I have decided I will be going to a lot of garage sales and thrift stores to buy cheap handbags to cannibalize for future "makes"!

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  5. Great purse!! You did wonderful on your first-they do get easier the more you do. I have made tons over the years. A fantastic idea to use parts from an old purse too!

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    1. Thanks, Vicki. I am sure I am going to make this handbag over and over again. I LOVE it, and I have never had a handbag that held all of my "stuff" so neatly and accessibly! It was actually my hubby who brought up using the parts from old purses! A year or so ago the handle on one of my favorite handbags broke. I was lamenting to him how I hated to get rid of my "favorite". He suggested I look at the thrift store and see if there were any handbags with handles I could use. Oh My Goodness...lightbulb moment! Since then, I have cannibalized my worn out handbags and even shoes (I love the little buckles). I can do a LOT of cannibalizing as I am unbelievably hard on shoes and handbags, LOL. Now I just need to start looking at garage sales and thrift stores whenever I come across one.

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  6. You did a great job, pretty fabric choices.

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