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Monday, October 14, 2013

Purse-Palooza 2013


 Here it is. My Entry for Purse Palooza 2013! I have named it The Bulldog Bag.Why?

Well, as I was picking out the fabric, I wanted a classic look that would look good this fall, so I went with this grey twill. I love twill for making bags! It is a great weight of fabric and I feel like it will stand up to much abuse and I think It might even hold a kitchen sink :) which I may or may not carry in my bags:))))))))))))))))) Anyway, grey and crimson are my old high school colors. Benjamain Bosse High School is where I graduated So I'm a Bosse Bulldog. This is the exact grey, so I thought hey, what a great name. It wasn't until I was almost finished with the bag before I realized how much the lines of the bag actually sorta kinda mimic a bulldog face. It was then I knew that is what the name should be.






In preparing for this challenge, I came across a bag that I absolutely loved by Michael Kors. This particular bag goes for $995.00. No way would I ever pay that no matter how much I love MK. I pretty much recreated this bag. You can look here and see how I did. I looked that bag over carefully and drafted a pattern.





I'm a sucker for well made hardware and Emmaline Bags added this new little blingy thing to her stock. I think it really polishes the bag!

I didn't go with crimson for the interior. I does have pockets although it may be hard to tell with that print!

This is the first time I have added purse feet. Love them!

The handle was a challenge to say the least. I tried a couple others that just weren't doing the bag justice. I wish I would have taken a photo, but they had hardware on them and , well, I cut the hardware off before I thought to take a photo. I did a simple flat strap with the same round studs I used as feet. It looked to limp for the bag. Next I tried a thick corded handle. I cut my fabric on the bias for it, but the handle wanted to flip one way on one side, and the other way on the other side. When I straightened out the arc for how it should sit, there were ripples all the way through. The only thing I can figure is I didn't cut on the TRUE bias. My last ditch attempt, I saw a ready made handle at Joanns I thought I could re-create. You can see it here. But after I got it almost made, I decided it too, was to wimpy for this bag. Then my brain started storming with this one grey cord in my hand, I I thought, what if I double up and twist them together???? So I went for it! I think It was pretty perfect for this bag! And really, it was easier to make then it looks! So easy, I made a longer one in case I want to swap it out for a shoulder strap



I know it looks kind of goofy with this long strap standing up, haha! Let me know if anyone is interested in a tutorial of this strap! It's looks complex, but really, it's not!!!

So there you have it. I will be working on another variation of this bag in a more fun fabric for this challenge.I can't wait to see all of the bags at Purse Palooza 2013 with Sara from Sew Sweetness!

59 comments:

  1. Very nice! At first glance I thought it was leather, but when I realized it wasn't I thought it even cooler. :)

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    1. thank you! I thought about using pleather, but for a first run, I thought fabric was more forgiving in case any ripping was needed!

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  2. Love it! Your work is so professional - wow! I like your bag better than the Michael Kors bag - I like the longer handle! And I'd enjoy knowing how to make it. ~Jeanne

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    1. Awe, thank you! That's so nice of you to say, but I love me some MK bags! I have one that I got a TJ Max for about $90. Not bad for a REAL leather bag. I can't stand the pleather stuff,although I would use pleather to try out a design!

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  3. This bag is looking awesome! Great job! I still haven't ventured out into handbags yet. Someday!

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    1. Thank you, and WARNING, it's addicting!

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  4. I LOVE this bag. I would really be interested in a tutorial on how you did the strap too.

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    1. Thanks! I'm working my second bag. I'll make sure to take pics for the strap tut!

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  5. OMG!!!...you are so awesome at this bag-making, in fact I am blown away. This bag definitely does not look handmade...what a fantastic job.

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    1. What a nice thing to say!!!! Thank you thank you!

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  6. You bag looks even better than the $995. one, I can't believe people spend that amount on purses, unbelievable. Would love a strap tutorial, looks so professional.

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    1. I know, seriously! You can buy a refrigerator for that kind of money. Some people have money to burn. I just don't know them:)

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  7. This is a Great Bag! Fantastic re-creation. I also love the handle; would enjoy seeing a tutorial of it. I love bags with one strap/handle. When bags have two straps, one of them keeps falling off my shoulder!

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    1. I feel the same way! I will work on a tutorial-thanks!

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  8. Please Please Please create a tutorial of this bag!!! I am completely in LOVE. You did a fantastic job!!

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    1. the whole bag might take a little long to do a tutorial, but I would be glad to do one on the strap:) Thank you so much!

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  9. Great bag! It looks stuning! The color makes it very elegant. The handle is perfect for the bag.

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    1. Awe, I'm glad you said that. I was worried grey would be boring. Thanks!

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  10. Well done! That looks really professional!

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  11. Beautiful bag! I really like the twisted handle - it's perfect :)

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  12. What a beautiful purse, you do great work!

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  13. What a cool bag! I love the lines and handle, you did a fantastic job of recreating it!

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  14. What a crazy fab bag - so well impressed, amazing :D

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  15. I think you did an awesome job with this bag! I hope you will link it up to our Bag Brag Tuesday linking party as I think it is definitely worth bragging about! :)
    http://blog.chriswdesigns.com/linking-parties/
    Christine
    ChrisW Designs

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    1. Thanks for the heads up! I got linked up before Tuesday was over....barely!

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  16. FABULOSITY at it's best! KUDO'S to you!!! Wonderful wonderful wonderful. I love this bag and how professional it looks. I think you are a WINNER!

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    1. What a sweet thing to say! I sure wouldn't mind winning;))))))))))))))))))

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  17. Oh my goodness, I love this! Great lines, awesome hardware, and I love the handle!

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  18. This is an awesome.. you did a great job on recreating.. I'm truly impressed. I have to giggle though as I am slowing working on a bag for purse palooza too and there are a few similiarities.. I'm using the same bag bling.. also trying to recreate a manufactured bag (Coach) and I have a veritcal zipper on exterior.. !

    Your handles are great too.. awesome work!

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    1. Well, how does that saying go.....Great minds think alike, LOL!!! Thank you so much:)

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  19. Hi saw your bag on the Sew Sweetness Purse Palooza entries. Fantastic job! It looks awesome. A tutorial on the handle would be great. I am curious how you keep the handle from unwinding? Again, great job! :)

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    1. Hi, and thanks for stopping by! I will be doing a tutorial hopefully sometime this coming week. I'm in the middle of making a second bag, so it's coming, I promise! And No, It won't unwind. :)

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  20. Also, I love the hardware you used. Would you mind sharing where you found those cool zippers/pulls?

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    1. I got my hardware at Pacific Trimmings, and Emmaline Handbags. The Zippers I got at Joanns's. They are probably the most expensive zippers they carry at about $8.95-but I ALWAYS use coupons there!!! They are the silver zippers they carry with silver zipper tape. I think they have gold too:)

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    2. Thank you for sharing! I was so inspired by your bag that I finally gave in a took the Brett Bara Crafty handbag course this afternoon! I'm addicted to making bags ;) but have been in a sort of 'rut' lately. I am loving all the inspiration from Purse Palooza and all the talented bag makers out there! Looking forward to your tutorial. Good luck with that! Some sort of video/tutorial is also on my future 'to accomplish' list. Thank you again for sharing! :)

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  21. I saw your bag in the submissions list at Sew Sweetness and had to come peek. It's lovely! I like it better than the MK inspiration bag. Any chance that you sell your patterns? I'd love to make one.

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    1. I actually thought about that. I never made a pattern before so there would be all that research and working that out. Also, I need to use the bag (to see if those grommets hold up)& there are a few more things I need to work out first with the lining. But I will definitely keep it in mind. I'm making my second one right now so hopefully I'll learn some more from it!

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  22. I saw your bag in the Sew Sweetness list and wow its amazing. Love, love, love it :)

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  23. Wow :O
    I love it. You made a great job !!! It looks so professional, I'm jealous jijiji
    A pattern would be fantastic
    Kisses

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    1. thanks! I'm really thinking hard about making a pattern, but that would be new territory ventured for me:)

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  24. Beautiful Bag! Congratulations on your win!

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    1. Thanks!!!! You are how I found out I won!!!!! You just made me so happy today:)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

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  25. This is awesome! I want a pattern for the bag AND the handle lol! It looks really great!!!

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    1. I second that! Congratulations on your win!

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  26. Congratulations on your win on Purse Palooza! Very well deserved!! Are you making a happy dance?!!

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    1. Heck ya! I'm so excited! you should be dancing too! You make some beautiful bags!

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  27. Congrats on the win! I am thrilled that you used the Emmaline "handmade" label on this bag. It looks gorgeous, but the bag is just stunning!!! Janelle

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    1. Thank you so much! I love your handmade labels!!!! I'll be needing more soon;)

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  28. Everything about this bag is AMAZING! Congrats on your win! YES!!! I'd love to see a tutorial on the handle! :) GREAT JOB!

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    1. Thanks! And I did the tutorial. here is the link http://freshoffthespool-danih03.blogspot.com/2013/10/twisted-cord-purse-handle-tutorial.html
      I would love to see you make one!

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