||Stitch Magazine:Dahlia purse (Accessories)
||This purse was designed entirely around the idea of 'upcycling'. The outside of the purse is constructed from a 100% wool boucle fabric that first started life as a extra large sweater cardigan that was sorely out of style. Found in a local thrift shop, I felted/fulled it until the fabric was of moderate coatweight density, which I found would hold the structure of the pattern nicely. The lining for the purse began as an olive green brushed twill cotton men's shirt, found at the same thrift shop. (And no doubt, purple and green are just one of my favorite color combinations ever anyway!) The buttons and handles for the purse were thrift shop salvages as well. Interfacing used includes fusible Peltex for the wool, featherweight fusible for the lining, and Ultrafirm plastic grid additionally added to the bottom of the purse. I also added purse feet to the bottom and a large magnetic snap to the inside top for closure. Not only did 'upcycling' thrift store finds add an extra layer for me in terms of using my creativity, but kept my expenses much more reasonable. All told, the purse cost under $20 in materials (the interfacing and hardware being the most expensive items), which I'm pretty darned happy with as well.
||8/15/12 8:56 PM