|Find the tutorial for this purse here.|
Alas, my good friend Kristy has moved away. :*( We have many states between us now, but thanks to cell phones and facebook we can still bug each other throughout the day! Kristy has many virtuous qualities that I appreciate dearly, but in one aspect, she is my "crafty-enabler-friend". She got me hooked on die-cutting and card-making, 2 things that bring me so much satisfaction! Kristy always has an extra craft store coupon to share, and she sends me links to the coolest crafty shopping sites. Kristy has been a Stampin' Up demonstrator for a while now, so when I received an extra Stampin' Up catalog in the mail last month, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.
I have been fooling around with paper weaving for the last few months and really wanted to figure out how to make a purse using this technique. I was inspired by this fab purse made out of the Sunday funnies that I saw on BurdaStyle:
And then I found this tutorial on how to weave a paper basket:
And then I made these little guys:
They turned out cylinder-shaped, which is OK if you're making beer cozies and pencil cups. However, I wanted a purse. I needed something decidedly not cylinder-ish, but more envelope-like. So instead of looking up another tutorial online, I decided to figure it out on my own. I had a few paper cozies under my belt, so a wider-flatter shape shouldn't be too hard, right? Wrong. The shape I desire still eludes me, but I did happen upon this very peculiar shape instead:
What would you call this shape? It's kind of like a 3-D hexagon with the top cut off. But whatever you call it, I feel it made cute little conversation-piece handbag. I made it out of the Stampin' Up mailer catalog to personalize it for Kristy. I gave it a few coats of Mod Podge to toughen it up a bit. The red alligator is from a thrifted purse. I attached the flap and handle with leather studs.
I'm happy with the finished product as is Miss Kristy. If you would like to try some paper weaving, I have made a tutorial for the weaving portion of this purse here. You will also find there other links to more paper weaving tutorials I've encountered on the web.
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As always, happy crafting and big hugs from Montana,