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I've had an old sweater from Goodwill lying around and I've literally NEVER worn it. I realized the only reason I kept it was because I LOVE the fabric. So I decided to make something out of it.

I made this cute purse by hand (my sewing machine's tension is off and I can't for the life of me figure out how to fix it) and it didn't take long at all!


I cut the strap off of an old lunch box that I never used and it's perfect! I love adjustable straps.


The inside lining is just an old black t-shirt.



It looks better when there is actually stuff inside of it, haha :)
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Date: 2011-05-27 05:23 pm (UTC)
spaceoperadiva: little jellical cat in a sink (Default)
From: [personal profile] spaceoperadiva
That is an awesome cute purse! It turned out really well, and kudos for the lunchbox handle reuse.

If you want, you can sew on something white with dark thread and then take front and back pics and I'll kibbutz on what's up with your sewing machine tension.

Date: 2011-05-27 05:24 pm (UTC)
spaceoperadiva: little jellical cat in a sink (Default)
From: [personal profile] spaceoperadiva
Your handsewing is about 1000x better than mine, so please don't take that offer as any critique of your cute purse!

Date: 2011-05-27 05:46 pm (UTC)
spaceoperadiva: little jellical cat in a sink (Default)
From: [personal profile] spaceoperadiva
If the bobbin thread is coming out nicely when you pull on it when you're not sewing, then the next thing to consider is if you need a new needle. Weirdly enough, dull needles can make the bottom/bobbin thread turn to snarls. You think that would cause the top to screw up, but not so much. Try putting on a new needle.

If the bobbin thread is acting up on its own when you're not sewing, but also when you pull on it, something is going on in the bobbin case and that assembly under there. First make sure there's no stray thread or fluff stuck in the works. If that doesn't fix it, some bobbin cases have a tiny little screw adjustment on them.

Date: 2011-05-27 05:40 pm (UTC)
herlander_refugee: My tattoo'd back to the world (Default)
From: [personal profile] herlander_refugee
That is nice. I like to buy old sweaters from Goodwill and felt them to make things!

Date: 2011-05-27 06:00 pm (UTC)
brisus: (Default)
From: [personal profile] brisus
Very cool!

Date: 2011-05-27 06:08 pm (UTC)
weaverbird: (Sewing)
From: [personal profile] weaverbird
Very nicely done!

Date: 2011-05-27 06:47 pm (UTC)
seryn: skein of green yarn (yarn)
From: [personal profile] seryn
It's got POCKETS! That's so awesome.

I'm thrilled for you that you were able to take something you loved for the fabric and make it into something you could actually use. And to do so without spending the cost of buying a whole purse on just the straps is stellar. You win an extra star sticker for creative reuse of materials!

I love how you took advantage of the hem texture to make your edges more decorative.

Nice job attaching the lining too. (I agree with the other commenter that your handsewing is much better than mine.)

Now, if you did it again, would you still use a black lining? [I'm constantly adding pens to my bags because I can't see them against the black lining and think someone's borrowed it and not returned it. Then periodically I dump the bag out looking for lost stitch markers or whatever tiny items and am astounded to find I have 8 pens.] Did you add a closure for the top that we can't see in the pictures or does it mostly just hang shut because you designed it well? If you added those magnetic snap things, were they hard to sew in by hand? (I've only done it once and they fell off.)

Congratulations. I think your bag is really nifty.

Date: 2011-05-27 10:12 pm (UTC)
corrvin: "this space intentionally not left blank" (Default)
From: [personal profile] corrvin
I sense a future Make magazine article about "install tiny LED lights in the bottom of your purse." :D

Date: 2011-05-27 10:25 pm (UTC)
seryn: flowers (Default)
From: [personal profile] seryn
I'd beta-test that!

Date: 2011-05-27 07:47 pm (UTC)
havocthecat: the lady of shalott (Default)
From: [personal profile] havocthecat
How lovely!

Date: 2011-05-27 10:13 pm (UTC)
corrvin: "this space intentionally not left blank" (Default)
From: [personal profile] corrvin
Awesome strap re-use! And nice sewing-- I love the hem of the shirt/sweater becoming the opening.

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