I was inspired by a purse I saw at A Little Bizarre Shop in Midland, Texas. The lady that owns that place created a beautiful little purse out of newpaper and contact paper. So that started me on a mission for the weekend. Of course, I had to do some research, and I found a few places on the internet that were helpful. In particular, this site had really good instructions:
with pictures that I could understand. This is my little first try at this purse. My critique is a little harsh, but, it helps me see where I can improve next time. After reading several other blogs and internet sites about this particular type of purse, I have decided next time, I will use vinyl instead of contact paper (which I happened to have on hand). I think it would be heavier and better protect and strengthen the newspaper that is so thin. After all the bending and sewing and work I did on this piece, it appears wrinkled to me. So, maybe the vinyl will be stronger and look crisper.
I did not want my purse to be like all the other "magazine" type purses. I liked Debbie's at that little shop! So, I do like the newspaper...but it is so thin. Maybe I will use magazines next time but I must color it up some and maybe add some other stuff like stamps...etc.
I did not have any cord to make the strap so I crocheted the straps. I will have to study some other purses to figure out my favorite technique for straps. Plus, I will use this purse to check it out for durability-to include the durability of the strap. If you are looking for a funky and different type of tote, this one is for you! You can make it as big or as small as you like. Your first one is your "prototype".
In my journey to find the perfect magazine purse/handbag pattern, I found some other interesting purse patterns on the internet. The one that I want to try after I perfect this technique (ha ha-like I can maintain my attention on this one type of purse for more than two purses)...is the duct tape tote bag. Apparently, they are all the rage! Here is one of the better instruction links to creating that type of purse! http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/cda/article_print/0,1983,DIY_13751_4595364_ARTICLE-DETAIL-PRINT,00.html
I will keep you posted on updates in the purse world! Oh, also, I got out my "Haute Handbags"magazine by Somerset Studio this morning and browsed through it and really got inspired. I guess it is a purse frenzy! Oh, well, it's fun!