I Got My Craft On This Weekend

I have a craft program next month at my library, and since I’ve never done the craft, I figured it’d be a good idea to try it beforehand so I know what I’m doing.  So……here’s my new tote bag!

It’s made from a t-shirt!  I should have taken a picture of it in t-shirt form.  Oh well, you’ll just have to believe me.  The design came from a book called Simply Sublime Bags.  There was NO sewing involved, which is good because I don’t know how to sew.  You just use staples and duct tape!

The book has a ton of other great no-sew or low-sew projects.  My cousin is getting married next weekend, and I found a pattern for a cute black clutch, so I decided to try that one too.

I am SO proud of this!  I can’t believe I made it myself.  It was totally worth the HOURS of work and frustration.  The design’s not especially complicated;  I just couldn’t wrap my head around some of the instructions.  It was another no-sew project – ribbon, duct tape, and staples.  The outside is made out of 3″ black satin ribbon.  When I was done, I glued on black flowers and added a button to keep it closed.

When the flap is open, you can start to see the duct tape.  The inside lining is all duct tape but it’s black and aside from the shiny, you don’t really notice.  Plus, who really looks inside your purse besides you?  Oh, and I almost forgot – there’s a ZIPPER!  You can kind of see it in the above picture.  (It starts on the left.)  To me, a zipper says that this is a REAL purse.

I inherited the craft gene, and I’ve done lots of crafts before – crocheting, cross-stitching, card-making – but never anything like this.  So I think if I can make a purse, you could too!

Nerdgirls, you’ll probably get a chance to see it in person sometime this fall, if not before.  I think it’ll become my fancy purse to use for important events like weddings.  🙂

– Jill


3 Responses to “I Got My Craft On This Weekend”

  1. 1 ngtlindsay June 21, 2010 at 11:12 am

    You are so crafty! Man you guys all make such cute stuff! I am totally going to try and make that black ribbon purse!

  2. 2 ngtjennifer June 21, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    That black purse is amazing!!!!! I love the t-shirt bag too!

  3. 3 ngtjill June 21, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Thanks! You should both definitely try to make these. If you try the black one, keep going even if the directions sound weird. It’ll make sense later. 🙂

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