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Posted on:8/1/06 10:58 PM
Last Updated:8/2/06 8:35 AM
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Muria said... (8/3/06 10:49 AM) Reply
The salesman at the hardware store probably recommended clearcoating so that the stain wouldn't rub off onto your hands while you're carrying the bag (if your hands get sweaty, it can happen). I don't know whether the stain you used will have this problem or not, but it's something to consider (that you may have to restain and clearcoat it if you have trouble). Cute purse though!
ncegbu said... (8/2/06 1:04 PM) Reply
Great bag. As for the handles, you can cut the dowels a bit shorter, stick one end in (either right or left side as you look at the bag), continue the stitching on that end to close the channel, then stick the other end in and stitch that channel closed. Be sure to cut off enough dowel to give you space on the ends to sew, but not too much that it won't stay in the channels. It is probably easiest to use a zipper foot to do the sewing with the dowels inserted.
Deepika said... (8/2/06 12:47 PM) Reply
This purse is for my sister-in-law to be (brother's fiancee). I sure hope that she likes it. Thanks everyone for such nice comments.

Ann, I didnt topstitch around the flower and I hope that the glue stays on :). However since I glued the entire bag to the lining leather with the rubber cement I can confidently say that it didnt gum up the needle while stitching the bag together. I love this stuff. The bottle comes with a handy applicator brush.

drsue The book recommends a 3/8" dowel but I used one slightly thicker. The dowels do slide out still, but I am thinking of putting a dot of hot glue on the dowels and then inserting them in the channels quickly. That should fix this problem.
drsue said... (8/2/06 12:16 PM) Reply
That purse is adorable, and your tips on leather sewing a great! I'm curious about the dowels as purse handles: do they slide out?
mistrydesigns said... (8/2/06 12:04 PM) Reply
Very cool bag Deepika! Great tips too!
PVA said... (8/2/06 10:47 AM) Reply
Thanks for a great review -- love the bag! I'll have to look for this book. MY DGK's would enjoy a bag like this one.
milwaukee_kelly said... (8/2/06 10:44 AM) Reply
Great bag, Deepika!
bunz said... (8/2/06 10:35 AM) Reply
That is one sharp looking bag!! I love your fix for what would have been sharp inside edges, and thanks for all the leather tips.
Mary Stiefer said... (8/2/06 9:35 AM) Reply
Fabulous bag. Great idea with the the cut outs for embellishing. As usual, another job well done.
carolynw said... (8/2/06 9:24 AM) Reply
Just beautiful!! Really neat work.
JDpenelope said... (8/2/06 8:13 AM) Reply
Amazing project and execution -- for someone who isn't handy....! Ha! Did you use a leather needle or any special thread?
GorgeousFabrics said... (8/2/06 7:26 AM) Reply
I remember that leather! I love your bag. Question - did you sew around the cutouts too? If so, did you find that the rubber cement made the needle gunky, or was it okay? -Ann
Katharine in BXL said... (8/2/06 5:11 AM) Reply
Ooooh... dig it! The color and flower make it funky. You don't see that style of bag very often, much less in leather so your bag is a real piece of envy. *Nice*
stitchwitch said... (8/2/06 4:28 AM) Reply
Your bag is very chic!
Cecile Owens said... (8/2/06 2:35 AM) Reply
Lovely! and I remember your buying the leather in New York...and I like your new picture, too-(sans glasses, I notice) AND a new hairdo, too?? All of which are lovely. I don't know how you have time to sew. It's always a pleasure reading your reviews. thanks
jnamcd said... (8/1/06 11:57 PM) Reply
Cute bag and excellent review!
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