FAKE ART CANVAS HANDBAG
I like many of the unique items featured at the Anthropologie site. No way will I be purchasing any of their goods because:
1. It doesn't come in my size.
2. It's out of my budget.
Thankfully I don't have to join their site just to look. A lot of other sites are snobby that way. Their handbags are impressive. I saw this one and admired it. It was on sale for ~$80.
They also have another tote style that runs close to $400.
I got to work trying to figure out how I could make something similar to the envelope clutch.
|Holding the rolled print in place with cans from the pantry.|
White canvas fabric before staining.
The fabric and print were stained with several coats of brown acrylic paint mixed with decoupage medium. I still wasn't pleased and so I added a little strongly brewed coffee to the decoupage. The weather was pleasant and so I hung it outside on the fence to dry between coats.
Before putting in the lining I attached a pocket. I know it's shabby but I wasn't that interested in making it perfect. This is a test. All of the materials used except the art print were scraps or pieces I had in the closet that were either left over from other projects or never used and part of my stash.
These pictures are a little out of sync. This should have been above. I should have put the pocket on before
sewing the lining to the top. After attaching the pocket , I attached the lining with fusible web. It worked like a charm.
This was the hardest part, sewing in the gusset. When it came to the curve of the purse, I was unable to position things so that I could sew it so I ended up gluing the curved area down from the inside.
|The open purse|
|No, the stitches aren't straight and uniform but I'm still pleased with it.|
Not perfect but I'm pleased with it. The bead at the closure was made with scrap from the print. I have been experimenting with paper bead making.
There are flaws which I expected. Overall I succeeded in what I wanted to accomplish.
THAT'S IT ***