| This was originally posted on Blooms and Bugs. Anshu and I did a blog swap, my first! Here's my post, I didn't change a thing:|
Hello! My name is Rikka J. and I am visiting from the blog Ricochet and Away! I am a small town girl from rural Montana who loves to sew handbags. I first met Anshu when I came across her cute Military and Lace Dress. Anshu has a real handle on sewing knits--something I've always shied away from. But she was very helpful and suggested a using a walking foot on my sewing machine. I'm going to try it out. Fingers crossed because my last attempts at sewing jersey were abysmal! Anshu and I are swapping blogs for a day. How exciting! So be sure to head over to Ricochet and Away! and check out what she is posting today.
For my post today, I tried to come up with an idea that would compliment and not duplicate any of the terrific projects Anshu has already created. So I thought I'd share with you all a simple flower embellishment tutorial. I placed the flower on a purse, but I think it would be great as a broach or added to a headband. I hope you like it! (Remember you can click on any photo to see it larger.)
My cousin was married last month in a beautiful outdoor ceremony in rural Montana. I bought this
| Here's a look at the thrifted purse "before". It was in perfect condition. I loved the structured design, and the size was just right. I could fit my wallet, keys, cell, lip gloss, AND a pair of those disposable slippers for my aching feet. (I've never conditioned my body for wearing heels so every time I dress up, I pay for it!) The price on the purse was $2.99, but I dickered it down to $1.25. Well, the dickering consisted of me saying I'd take 4 purses for $5. Another example of how buying in bulk saves you money!
Problems with the purse? Well, upon bringing it home, I discovered it's not the correct shade of purple to match my dress. And of course, there was the
Leather is so expensive, but I love to use it in my crafts. To make
it more affordable, I turn to thrift stores and garage sales. For this
project I used some green suede that came from a garage sale, a
lavender suede that was from a thrifted skirt, and some darker purple
suede that came from a pair of thrifted trousers. Now who would give up a perfectly decent pair of purple suede pants to a charity shop?
LOL, lucky for me they did! If leather isn't an option for you,
I suggest felt or vinyl because they have a stiff quality and
you won't have to worry about fraying.
List of Supplies:
|The next step was to glue the daisy onto the rest of the flower. Here's a good look at the front and back.|
|The original button popped right off and I glued the suede flower right on the flap.|
|And here it is all finished. I love it!|
I hope you all were inspired to try out this simple technique. And while I'm here, I hope you don't mind if I shamelessly plug the Retro Pillow Challenge. The challenge is in it's voting stage this month (Oct 2011) and I'm sure all 12 of the participants would love for you to check out their creations and vote for your favorite: