Thursday, March 1, 2012

Striped 'Mariana' Purse- Part 2 of 2

Centering a leather loop for fastening...


...and stitching it on.


Fashioning two re-purposed shopping bag handles into a single purse strap...


...and stitching on four leather 'washer' reinforcements.


The finished purse front (sorry for the washed-out photo)...


...and back.


Flat leather shoulder section of the handle.


The finished bag.

While I was thinking about making a strap for this purse...

...I found a paper department store carrying bag with braided nylon handles in my stash.

It occurred to me that I could cannibalize the two straps...

...if I could think of a way to connect them in a subtle manner.

Because I was using leather for the flap fastener this time...

...it seemed logical to cut a flat rectangle of leather for the strap connection as well.

Not only would it coordinate with the other leather and tan-colored nylon strap...

...but it would make carrying the purse a bit more comfortable, as well!

I decided to reinforce the area of the bag where the straps entered and exited, too...

...and I did that by cutting out four small leather circles, and trimming a small central hole in each.

I think it's fun, sometimes, to try to look at things with fresh eyes...

...and utilize pedestrian objects to make something new. :)

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15 comments:

Terrie said...

Another great design. Good idea of to repurpose the strap. The bright strips blue and yellow have a look of spring (with lots of sunshine !)

Laura said...

Love the stripes! And the bit that gets pulled through the leather loop!

Heather Woollove said...

Terrie--You're right...I think I must have been craving warmer weather when I made this sunny bag!! :)
Laura--Thanks! I think the new shape of this flap worked better than trimming it into shape like in the Valentine Swap one.

Rachel said...

It looks great, sunny and practical too!

Nicole Erfan said...

Heather you are so creative!! This is awesome, I love the color combo, too!

Angela said...

great idea for the handle Heather

Heather Woollove said...

Rachel, Nicole and Angela--Thanks!The friend that I gave it to lives in Texas, so I hope that she'll get to use it before it gets too warm to want to carry a wool bag! :)

vilterietje said...

great result!:)

Heather Woollove said...

Riet--Thank you!

Vivian said...

Love the irregular stripes! This year's Stitches West had a lot of felting related stuff. I bought some fiber and a felting needle, will be playing with those on my knitting. Can't wait!

Heather Woollove said...

How exciting, Vivian!! Be careful, though...you could easily fall into the 'felting vortex' with the rest of us! :)

Melissa Plank said...

I love the cheerful colors and the way you re-purposed the handles, it's so nice looking, your friend will love it!

Heather Woollove said...

Melissa--Thank-you! I want to try another 'Mariana' layout again, sometime. :)

FeltersJourney said...

Brilliant Heather! This looks lovely and summery - a seaside purse!
x

Heather Woollove said...

Deborah--I'm glad you like it! :)