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Upcycled purses from fabulous home decor sample fabrics.

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I love it when I can use my creativity to explore and create beautiful new colors! Usually I make custom orders to my patrons specifications, or I make a repeat of something I have made before, and don’t get me wrong, I LOVE making that perfect bag for each client, but every once in awhile I have a little time in between, and some beautiful fabric that ignites that vision!

Lately I have been going through some fabrics I got from another wonderful artist! I have had the pleasure in making bags for a wonderful interior decorator and she has provided me with last seasons sample home decor fabrics to use if i want. Some of these are absolutely gorgeous! And they have been really fun to work with!

When working with these I usually have to do something small as the pieces are sample squares, and never duplicated but sometimes can coordinate. It is fun to look at a small square of fabric and visualize how this will become a beautiful purse with straps and lining and pockets etc…

My first choice to work with was this beautiful dark gray/brown linen with a maroon embroidered design on it! Being an embroiderer myself I love the details and elegance in this fabric and wonder how beautifully regal a full size drape might be, but I am satisfied with my 20″ by 20″ square and begin to cut.
I found a matching satin for the top of the purse which brings out the shininess of the embroidery thread adding glamor to the otherwise dullness of the gray linen. For the interior I found a glittery maroon damask fabric I have which is also very elegant. Custom fabric button and some leather straps for finishing touches and this chic, one of a kind, small ladies purse is ready for listing!

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My next exploration was another embroidered piece of fabric. This one was narrower and long and I was able to use it in 3 pieces (2 pieces folded as front and back, and the other 3rd as a pocket inside) to create this beautiful kisslock wallet clutch. I am very pleased with my kisslock wallet clutches, as are many customers on etsy 🙂 and this one is especially beautiful with the way the embroidery is centered in the frame. It has an off white linen and the thread is silver so it has a very beautiful bridal quality to it. These wallets are smaller and thinner than clutches, so I would not consider them to be a full clutch, but they do fit all your cards, cash and in some cases a phone. I do make card pockets inside but the pockets for this one are limited, since the turquoise I used for the lining was also one of the sample fabrics. This has got to be my favorite shade of turquoise though (how many shades are there?) It’s vibrant and beautifully paired with the silver on the outside!

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Sometimes when I go through fabrics I immediately visualize what it will become. That was the case for these 5 squares of fabric with a coral design. Each was a different color and I wasn’t sure how it would come together, but I knew it had to be beach bag of some sort. After matching colors that look good together and pairing it with a neutral chevron print it all came together perfectly!

 

 

 

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Here are some more fabrics soon to be fabulous purses!

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Months later…

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Some more finished bags and my display shelf at our local store Buy Nevada First Gift Shop and Info

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Ring bearer pillows and flower girl baskets to go with those clutches!

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I now make flower girl baskets and pillows to go with your bridal clutch! Include embroidery on the ring bearer pillow to have a beautiful and memorable little pillow to decorate your new home!

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I can make several styles, with piping on the edges, center flower, sash, sash and flower (as shown), or if you see something you like I may be able to do it!

The flower girl baskets are beautiful and match very well with what the bridesmaids use as clutches (if you order everything with me), but the baskets are fabric baskets so keep in mind they are not hard, but they are hard enough to stand on their own. The young girls will love to keep these for play and dress up! They can be as simple or as elaborate as you like?

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And for the whole set, looks fabulous!

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Velocity girl bag, pattern tested

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Here is another bag I tested for sewsweetness. f.
This pattern is a little more of a basic bag to the untrained eye but one of my favorites. It has 3 pockets on the front, that are tight so things won’t fall out too easily. 1 pocket on each exterior side which is wider at the bottom and narrow at the top so they are also fairly secure. The tops of the pockets have a beautiful trim detail. Inside are 3 more large pockets, one zippered, and a key chain clip. I used fabric from Joel dewberry’s new line, Notting hill. This bag is for sale here. velocity bag on etsy

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Sunrise wristlet pattern tested

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I am one of the many lucky pattern testers for a pattern creator called sewsweetness
This specific pattern was a lot of fun but a bit daunting to start since I have never paper pieced before but it is always fun to learn something new, and this one specifically turned out beautiful! This sunrise clutch is a beautiful and creative design!
Here is my version, and the first paper pieced sewing I ever did.

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With inset zipper and detachable strap. More details here. .

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Convertible Diaper bags

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I have now made quite a few of these adorable diaper bags with an extra feature, detachable back pack straps! Yes, that’s right! You can have a messenger bag, over the should, adjustable straps, lots of pockets etc… But then what happens when your baby wants to be carried? Put your bag on your back and then you have your hands free for what really matters!

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I make these with embroidery so your bag is your own unique one of a kind, whether it’s a design you like or a name?

I also do this with your choice fabrics and can include extras, such as changing mat, diaper clutch, coin purse, and any (reasonable) number and size of pockets.

The main strap is adjustable. The back pack straps are detachable.convertible diaper back

There can be 2 side pockets on the outside, great for sippy cups and bottles. One large back pocket to store the changing mat, papers, or soiled clothes/diapers.

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There are also styles for Dada!

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Tablet cases and stands

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Since getting my own iPad, I decided to venture in making cases for tablets and readers. I have several different styles. Some are tablet keepers with a Velcro closing belt that can be turned inside out and propped up as a stand. These keepers have a hard insert inside to keep the form stable so that it stands on its own and doesn’t slide under the weight of the e-tablet. This also works to be a hard cover protective layer for your electronic. I can make a pocket for your tablet so it is extra protected without the worry of sliding out, or for the stylus, keyboard, or notes. On the opposite side is either elastic a or fabric corner pockets, or both, to keep your stylus in place while propped up standing. The style is both practical and beautiful!

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My other style is a case, or sleeve, with a kisslock closure. This is a new and stylish way to make a padded and protective sleeve for your tablet. The sizes vary depending on the metal frame. I have a 6″ frame which holds minis, kindles, nooks, and small tablets up to size 5 1/2″. The 8″ holds iPads and other tablets up to size 7 1/2″ but it is too tight for any keyboards or protective covers. I also have a 9″ frame which will be roomy enough for the keyboard, and I have a 10″ if you need more room? These are usually about 12″ long (the larger version), so that your tablet clears the metal part of the kisslock frame. I usually like to decorate these with a ruffle or flower which is nice to look at. Anther fabulous option is the detachable chain. If you feel it would be more practical to store it in a hanging position, or to carry it around by a strap, then that option is always available in this style.20130127-150326.jpgDSCN5433SparrowsIpadmini (5)DSCN5430