Although coat season is going to be winding down soon (or is it?), purse and accessory season has no end! Ideas for clever coat/purse hangers are in season, and this one is no exception.
This week we're giving ourselves a bit of a break after a hectic and awesome finish to 2011. We've dug out some oldies but goodies from the Curbly archives that you may have missed. Today; check out this fun upcycling idea: making a purse from a secondhand book!
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I feel better about myself when my handbag is tidy. You know the drill: the old receipts and expired coupons have been dealt with, used tissues and wrappers tossed, bills in order (small to large) with the heads all facing the same direction. Even though I practice periodic handbag organization, there is, apparently, some rules we can apply to the activity.
According to the American Chiropractic Association, our handbags should weigh less than 3 pounds. This means
I do my best to shy away from any extra keyring accessories: no decorative keychains, fobs, or extras for me. When offered a discount or loyalty membership, I always opt for the credit card sized version rather than the keychainable one.
Recently, a bunch of small, local businesses banded together to create a great program that I'm excited to support, and the only way to access it? Keychain card. I tried storing it in my wallet, but it would...
For those who fear the sewing machine, Scoochmaroo, over on Instructables, shows your how to make a beauty of a Hello Kitty zippered pouch held together with only duct tape and staples. How she figured that out, I don't know. See her complete step by step tutorial, plus another tutorial from the Queen of Duct Tape showing
"This Solarjo Power Purse packs more than just good looks. Appearing at first like any designer handbag, this classy clutch is studded with enough solar cells to charge a cell phone battery in just two hours....The purse has a battery tucked away inside its lining with an attached USB cable that can be used to charge just about any device."
Designed by Joe Hynek, who also proves that men can create cool handbags. :) Though I'm not sure why...
Although Mylinda made this purse out of potato chip bags, you can also use cookie. Besides about 20 bags, you'll need a rotary cutter, a home-made 'needle' made out of a credit card (instructions are included in the post to make it), DMC embroidery floss or crochet thread and a zipper. For the complete process, visit Mylinda's post here.
Lisa from U-Handbag offers a detailed tutorial on using metal rivets. Her well-photographed overview offers tips on tools, technique, and application. Just a bit of knowhow, and all sorts of possibilities. Via.
Marianne Kirby, the mastermind behind the button table, again proves that standard craft supplies en masse can add contemporary flair to anything with this googly eye handbag. This approach could be added to anything in need of an update of the unreal and unnecessary. And since you can buy them by the gross in any size for just a few dollars, you could convert anything to the googly eyes lifestyle. I'm envisioning an entire bathroom...think...
I have a penchant for purchasing stuff that’s cool, but for which I don’t have specific plans or use. Case in point: I have piles of pulp and sci-fi novels from the 40s-60s. The art and colors are amazing, and the language provides for ridiculous quotes for ages. But after I slice out the illustrations, and force my way through the first and last chapters so I can say I ‘read’ them, these dime store masterpieces don’t escape from their cardboard homes often.