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Posted on:9/7/05 11:35 PM

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frogs2 said... (9/9/05 10:08 AM) Reply
Deepika, wonderful clutch! It looks very "Coach" style in red leather. Nice job!
FitttingTips said... (9/9/05 7:31 AM) Reply
Deepika, cute bag. Adding flowers should be easy. You can do flat ones or shape them a bit by pinching the petals at the center. Look at the leather flowers on the Onion site...that should give you a starting point for your imagination. There is also an article in the latest issue of Threads showing how to shape ultrasuede flowers. It should work with a heavier leather too as long as it isn't really stiff and it sounds as though yours is not.
Deepika said... (9/9/05 7:03 AM) Reply
Thank you all for such nice comments. This is the best thing about PR! I am hoping to get some more sewing this weekend too!
PVA said... (9/8/05 11:41 PM) Reply
Thanks for this review, Deepika. I'm so glad you've been able to get in some sewing for yourself & reviewing for us! I love the bag & am tempted to try that. I have some DGDs who would love a version of yours with the charm bracelet.
candyo said... (9/8/05 8:57 PM) Reply
That is really cool! Thanks for the tips on sewing with leather, and for letting us know about this book! I'll have to see if my library has it. My cousin and I were just admiring those new chains at joann's last weekend!
Jennifer shaw said... (9/8/05 7:25 PM) Reply
Wow, this turned out great Deepika! Thank you for encouraging the big chicken in me. I wish I had more time to sew, with your great projects as inspiration. :)
Maychi said... (9/8/05 1:51 PM) Reply
Very cute! I love it! Great job, Deepika!
licarritc said... (9/8/05 8:45 AM) Reply
I may have to actually sew my leather bag for PR weekend now, I'm so jealous of yours!!!
Patti B said... (9/8/05 8:39 AM) Reply
Sooooo cute! Great job, Deepika. Now I'll need to make one from the book too. Love the red leather.
PhyllisC said... (9/8/05 8:34 AM) Reply
I love the chain - and you may want to stop into Toho Shoji at PR weekend this year - they stock tons of cool chains just like this in every size.
Meguiar said... (9/8/05 7:21 AM) Reply
Cute bag - great use of that piece of read leather! I still haven't done anything with mine - but your review is inspiring me to get busy.
Peggy L said... (9/8/05 7:03 AM) Reply
Too cute! Great idea using the charm bracelet. We are going to have to dub you the "Handbag Queen" - to add to your list of titles around here.
Danvillegirl said... (9/8/05 5:50 AM) Reply
Thank you for taking the plunge on sewing a bag in leather. I am inspired to try. I would suggest if you add a flower somehow make it detachable. I think the look you have now is great but adding a red flower will change the look thus having options would be great.
Katharine in BXL said... (9/8/05 4:57 AM) Reply
You did it again! Too cool. Congrats on sewing w/leather & inserting a zipper. The lining and wristlet are very cute. I like the flower idea--it is a little plain. Try Mamamaia's option or a removable silk flower if you find one that's suitable.
mamamaia said... (9/8/05 2:33 AM) Reply
Love your handbag. I would go for the flower. Just cut out 2 flowers and a heart and sew only the middle. I hope this makes any sense. I hope to sew myself a handbag soon, but with all these great reviews, it's getting harder too choose a style :-)
Tina Rathbone said... (9/8/05 2:29 AM) Reply
Wow, what a gorgeous bag! I love the shade of red that it is. And the bracelet idea is novel and very cute. Good job!
Asa Hagstrom said... (9/8/05 2:11 AM) Reply
What a cute bag, Deepika! Your reviews always inspire me to make bags, just wish I had more time :) I think a leather flower (maybe a darker red?) would look great (on the lower part of the bag when it's held), but personally I might remove the charms from the bracelet to "balance" the decorations in that case. Just a thought.
joan said... (9/7/05 11:45 PM) Reply
Another first accomplished! This site is so great for pushing us to try new things. Your wristlet looks great and what better way to make it a wristlet than by using a bracelet....ingenious.
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