Tuesday, February 22, 2011

My first attempt at purses!



Onto my latest project...purses!  I've always been a bit chicken to try anything bigger than accessories that you put inside a purse, but decided to try my hand at it.  In fact, it wasn't as hard or scary as I thought it would be.  I looked at a purse I had and kind of backwards engineered it in my head.  First I made a brown and yellow bag out of this globe print that I'm a little bit in love with!
The best part about this bag?  It's reversible!
Did you notice my new Eye Spy DIY label on the front of the bag?  I had some fun making waaay too many sew in labels this weekend!

After finishing that purse I decided to make another, with the red gingham and denim.
Here it is with the denim side out?  I can just imagine someone carrying this to a 4th of July picnic!
 And here is a shot with my new label, this one is in red.
The labels were so simple to make.  All it takes is a roll of ribbon, some iron on transfer paper, a printer, and an iron.  I used GIMP, a free online photo editing tool, to make the labels look how I wanted them, then inverted them so the text was backwards (that step is important).  I was able to get about 50 labels off of one sheet.  Then I printed it on the transfer paper and ironed it onto my ribbon.  So easy!

27 comments:

  1. Wow! I'd never guess this was your first attempt! These are beautiful....especially love that first one! The sew in labels are great too!

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  2. LOOVVVVEEE these! I really need you to show me how!

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  3. I loovvee the purses and the labels!! I am excited to see labels done in a way I can make some!! Can't wait to try it. Did you use a pattern or come up with your own way of making the purses?

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  4. Great job on the purses - adorable!!! Thanks for sharing!
    Missy & Kimi
    ificould-ificould.blogspot.com

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  5. These are so cute Katie! And I saw some of your makeup bags in an earlier post, totally adorable!
    -Hannah

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  6. Super cute! I especially love the brown and yellow one. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Hmm, I didn't realize making labels were so easy. The bags are adorable!

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  8. Super cool - especially the reversible part!

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  9. I love the easy tags, so cute and fun!

    ladybirdln.blogspot.com

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  10. awesome job on those purses! I have been making them too, its so fun, isn't it? I need to try those labels, they're cool.....

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  11. Cute bags! Can't believe it was your first time making bags. They look great. Beware bag making gets addicting!
    Christine

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  12. Great job~ your bags turned out wonderfully. Best wishes with the shop adventure.

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  13. Fabulous job! Nothing to be scared of! Thanks for linking up!

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  14. Wow! Awesome purses! I can't believe you just whipped those up! Please add this to my weekly linky party every Wednesday! It's still up today!
    www.seaminglysmitten.blogspot.com
    Jenny

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  15. Great idea! I am going to have to try this!

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  16. This definetly doesn't look like your first attempt. They look great! Thanks for linking up to Creation Mondays @ ~The Life of Me~!

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  17. These are really cute! I love that they're reversible to mix it up!

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  18. Thanks for linking up to Craft Couture Monday. Love that it's reversible

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  19. Cute! Love that they are reversible. I used to sew bags all the time - such fun. Cannot wait to see what else you come up with.

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  20. I love it that they're reversible! 2 tote bags in 1! just lovely! thanks for sharing! I hope to see you link-up again this week ^^)

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  21. Love your creativity, thanks for linking up to my blog bash K.I.S.S. @ The Tattered Tag. Please link up more of your great ideas tomorrow. :)

    Drop by The Tattered Tag

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  22. Great purses! And I love the tag idea - I've been trying to think of a good way to do these. Thanks for linking up at I Made It! Monday. Come link up this week at Ninth Street Notions.

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  23. Katie, I love your color combinations and fabrics! Beautifully done! Thank you so much for linking up to another "A Little Birdie Told Me..." at Rook No. 17! Best, Jenn

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