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Altering a RTW bag part 2 (Tip/Technique)
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Posted on: 6/1/09 4:35 AM
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I want to share another bag alteration with you. (altering a RTW bag part 1) There are so many advantages of doing this:
-you get a bag you like w/o a tiring shopping experience;
-your bag is unique, with a 'designer' touch
-you use your creativity to your satisfaction
-by recycling you help to reduce the greenhouse effect;
-and last but not least, you save money

Now this bag is 7 y.o. First I liked it, then decided it was too simple and boring. The bag was quietly resting in the back of the wardrobe because it felt it had a potential to turn one day into something more exciting.

Well, that day came when a pair of stilettos with a beautiful embroidered front got worn out. I decided the embroidered motif was too beautiful to be thrown out. I carefully cut around the contour of the butterfly, removed the backing and cleaned. Also found a few beads of similar color. beginning

For this project I again used a Teflon foot, a leather needle, and a spool of Gutermann upholstery thread ( to hand stitch the beads). To stitch the motif to the front of the bag I used a Sulky metallic thread to match the original thread of the butterfly. Blending made the stitch less visible. All from my stash. accesories

There are steps I took:
1 Undid partially the lining.
2. Pinned the motif. Using the Teflon foot, a straight stitch with the needle in the far left position, slowly stitched app. 1 mm from the edge around the motif (Janome 6260 has a speed regulator). here
3.Beads are hand stitched
4. The lining stitched back up closing the hole. lining

Again it was a very quick project (stitching only took a few minutes, plus preparation work half an hour). The bag has a more cheerful look now, and will serve as a summer bag. Deciding on what where and with is always the most challenging part of any craft project, but at the same time most interesting and rewarding!

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dollieo said...
6/1/09 12:38 PM
Patzee said...
Love it!
6/2/09 3:08 PM

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