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Friday, August 16, 2013

It's time to accessorize...check out these purses

I've been on a crochet kick lately, especially purses.  Or as they say down here, handbags. :-)
I have 2 listed on The Craft Star so far...
I had an old pattern cut from a magazine of a large summer beaded bag and about 18 or 20 years ago I had made a red one for me, a white one for my step-daughter, and a brown (I think) one for Amanda.  When I "re"found the pattern, I modified the pattern some to create this lilac beaded handbag.  I shortened the size of the bag, and the strap.  Then I reinforced the strap with a cord inside.  I made the back longer then the front to create the flap, and added a scalloped edge.  Then I lined the bag with pretty light purple cotton fabric to stop anything from poking through the stitches.  This purse is listed in my Craft Star shop.
I found some left over bright yellow yarn in my stash and after a little searching, I found the pattern for this small bag on the Lion Brand website.  But instead of a crochet strap, I used some cool acrylic handles I purchased at Hancock Fabric.  Of course, this one is lined also.
This last bag I made when I saw the new neon yarn for sale at Michaels.  And I had a 40% coupon, whoohoo.  I used the same pattern as the beaded bag, but without the beads.  It was a bit of a pain since each row is a different color, so there was a lot of ends to weave it, but I love the finished product.  So much  so that I kept this bag for myself. :-D
If you like these bags, but maybe in a different color, I can do that for you, just let me know.
And because I don't like to hog the limelight all to myself, and I love to promote handmade, here's a few other bags I discovered on my favorite sites, The Craft Star and Handmade Artists.
duct tape handbag
Honolulu vintage clutch


felted sweaters shoulder bag













sunshine and rain bag
mens tie purse









Aren't they all wonderful?  Click on the links in the captions to go and visit the individual shops.
Be blessed,
Debbi

18 comments:

  1. GREAT bags, so much creativity! Your lavender purse is just wonderful. Oh, heck, they all are. Thank you so much for including my sweater purse. Very flattering to be in such outstanding company!

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    1. I love that purse...and that they are "recycled" from old sweaters makes them even cooler.
      Debbi

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  2. I love the lilac bag! I know how to crochet, but have never attempted a purse - I might have to give that a try!

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    1. it's actually quite simple, just a square or a rectangle, the sew up the sides. The most difficult part is the lining, cuz then I have to lug out the sewing machine. lol
      Debbi

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  3. Really great post! Lots of beautiful handbags. Thanks for featuring our leather tote!

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    1. why you're welcome. I do love your bags!
      Debbi

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  4. Wonderful blog post!! I really enjoy purses! thanks for showing off my vintage clutch!

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    1. you're welcome....that clutch is darling...women dressed with such class back in the day. :-)
      Debbi

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  5. Love all of these, so many beautiful designs!!!

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    1. aren't they great? there are so many talented people out there...
      Debbi

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  6. Wow, just love that purple purse, Debbi! The beads make a great addition, and think all the others you've done are lovely too. Gave up crochet a long time ago - just too much counting involved, especially as one got interrupted so often in mid row (both knitting and crochet!) Toys are much easier - btw thanks for the comment. I love happy endings too, which is why I really enjoyed posting this one!

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  7. Debbi, that one at the very top is gorgeous! Love the colors. =0)
    ~Kim

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    1. I tried to pin it from the craftstar, but it won't work. =(

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  8. I am loving your crocheted handbags Debbi! Especially the yellow one. The color is amazing. The other talented crafters you show did amazing too. The duct tape is so neat!

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  9. Love your crocheted purses especially the first one with the beads it is so pretty.

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    1. thank you Donna...and thanks for stopping by. I love meeting new people.
      Debbi

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  10. love the lilac one. its beauuutiful!!! the beads make it extra beauuutiful :-) what stitch does it use ? I would love to make one.
    Thanks!!
    Ranjitha
    www.hookingtheyarn.blogspot.com

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