March 28, 2011

fun handbag tutorial and giveaway

Remember this?

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I happen to be a HUGE coffee addict fan. So when I saw this tee shirt I had to own it. Because I didn't like the way it fit (and I didn't want Mr. W to fuss because I bought something I wouldn't wear), I snipped and stitched it into a cami.

But then I didn't really wear it as a cami (and I didn't want Mr. W to fuss because I bought something I wouldn't wear). The next idea, I must admit, was brilliant. What do I love? COFFEE! What else do I love? HANDBAGS!


SW Tutorial...and Giveaway
Turn a Top into a Handbag
(in 56 short steps. kidding)


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Here's what you'll need:

old cotton or tee shirt to recycle
recycled handbag straps with metal hardware attached
a little recycled leather or sturdy fabric
reinforcement scrap fabric
sewing machine


Here's what you'll do:

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This is what I mean when I say two handbag straps with the metal hardware attached.

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Off with the straps.

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I'm using a piece of scrap recycled leather.

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Cut about 9" off the bottom of the tee, straight across.

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Now we've got a cropped (sexy? er, no) tee with no straps. Could be a recipe for disaster.

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Turn the tee inside out and pin straight across the bottom.

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Stitch, leaving about 1/4 - 1/2" seam allowance.

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Carefully snip off the corners on the diagonal.

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Flip the top right side out.

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Tuck in about 2" on each corner to form a pleat on the sides.

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With the sides tucked in, pin again (right side out) across the bottom.

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Stitch twice across the bottom, leaving about a 1/4" seam allowance.

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Remember the straps? Measure the opening of the hardware. Mine is about 3/4"

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Remember the scrap leather (or sturdy fabric)?
Cut four strips, about 4.5" x 3/4" (the width of the opening. your width will vary)

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Thread the leather through the hardware and line up at the bottom.

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Stitch just a bit to secure the leather to the hardware.

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I have recycled reinforcement from a deconstructed handbag. If you don't have something like this you can use scraps of a sturdy fabric.

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Cut four small pieces. Mine are about 3/4" square (the width of the hardware opening)

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Open the leather at the seam. Sandwich the top of the tee (where you snipped the strap) with the reinforcement piece between the leather.

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Clip to hold securely.

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Carefully remove your clip and stitch across several times. I created an "X" for extra strength.
Guess what?

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You have just created a recycled handbag/tote! No way? Way!!!

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Now you must pose nicely with a pet, preferably one with lots of personality.
One who compliments your new eco-friendly creation.

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If necessary, promise treats.

Don't want to make one of your own???

This super swell, recycled "Make Coffee Not War" handbag can be yours!
Yes yours! Is this a giveaway? Why, yes! Yes, it is!

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With all of my giveaways, I provide a plethora of ways to enter.
You'd have to be, well, not reading this to not enter...

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:
You have up to SIX chances to win. First grab a beverage of your choice, relax, and then...

1: If you're not already, follow Studio Waterstone
2: If you have a blog, blog about this giveaway - with a link.
3: Do you LIKE me on Facebook? Like is good & would give you one entry.
4: You can also talk about the giveaway on Facebook and link to the giveaway.
5: Are you on my mailing list? Join and, yes, it's another entry.
6: If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
Yep, that's one entry, too.

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Good golly Miss Molly! That's a lot of entries!
Enter one time, enter six times - it's all up to you, my friend.

Let me know what you've done in THIS POST comment section.
Please leave a link to your action in the comment section here to get your entries.


One more thing.
Your chance to enter will end this Sunday, April 3rd at 11:59 EST.
I'll reveal the winner on Monday.


Good luck!
Man! Was this a long post or what?


61 comments:

  1. So cute!
    I would love to win and I am a follower :-)

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  2. shared on fb
    http://www.facebook.com/album.php?fbid=1953469959392&id=1321961895&aid=2118606&ref=notif&notif_t=photo_album_comment#!/shannon.chomanczuk

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  3. tonight my superpower would be to move really fast so I could get the house cleaned and still have time to bead :-)

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  4. You , I swear are a genius! Love it Lori!

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  5. If I have superpowers I would be invisible. I love spying on people who are doing wrong things.

    www.thecrochetloft.etsy.com

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  6. what a great tutorial....
    thank you thank you
    michelle

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  7. Great transformation - well done!

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  8. oh..i'd love to be entered in your give away! i'm a follower! if i had a super power it would be to fly!

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  9. You are so talented! I love it and your modeling mate! Of course I am already a follower. :) ~Val

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  10. Awesome giveaway - love, love, love it!
    Follow you on Facebook and here. I have blogged and Facebooked about the giveaway.
    If I had a super power it would be speed to get everything done in the day that I want to!

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  11. Oh my I too am an addict...uh...cough...fan!

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  12. If I could have superpowers I'd want to be like Samantha in Bewitched..I'd be able to stop time, fly, be a fly on the wall, etc. That would be pretty cool. lol

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  13. Signed up for the mailing list.. Thanks for the chance to win this cute bag and for the how-to.

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  14. I'm a follower of your blog. Thanks for showing us another great bag.

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  15. What an amazing blog you have! I am so glad Beth told me to check you out! You can be sure I will be checking in regularly!

    I WANT that bag! I have a coffee fetish for sure and this one of a kind treasure would be the BOMB!

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  16. I follow your blog, this is awesome!

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  17. I also subscribed to your email

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  18. My superpower would be to fly and visit all my bloggy friends in person!

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  19. My superpower would be to not need sleep so I can get everything done that I want/need to!

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  20. Oh, uhm, *love* this bag! Of course, I'm already a follower :)

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  21. FB'ed the contest on my jewelry page http://facebook.com/silverrosedesigns

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  22. I also just blogged about the giveaway :) http://silverrosedesigns.blogspot.com

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  23. Really great idea for a bag :) I already follow you - for a long time! It's so funny how I can pick out your entry in that sea of thumbnails as soon as I spot it!

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  24. I do follow you on blogger (I think... well, you show up on my feed).

    if I could have one superpower, it would be the ability to morph my body. that way, I could have wings to fly, then super strong legs to run, or gills to breathe under water, or whatever I wanted!

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  25. I am crazy for coffee! Love this. I'm a follower

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  26. My superpower would be being able to clean my house in one fell swoop! Maybe while sleeping at the same time. :)

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  27. What a fun, funky handbag. I want it...I'm a follower. Love your stuff.

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  28. Love the tutorial, and your work. And would so enjoy this give away. I am a devoted follower. Please pick me.

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  29. 1: how could I not be following you?
    2: of course I like you and your fan page on fb!
    3: I've been told I'm on your mailing list :D
    4: my first thought was to become invisible and that would be fun. but I'd really rather have the superpower to be able to heal others in mind, body and spirit. I think that would be totally phenomenal.

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  30. This is awesome! I may have to try something similar with some old shirts whose fate I've been pondering lately. hehe And, yes, I am totally a follower!

    Beth
    star_momma at yahoo dot com

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  31. Once again you are a genius!! I just love how your brain works.

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  32. And I am also a fb follower. I want to kiss your model on the top of the head. The dog not the girl.

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  33. My superpower would be to do things that I hate in mere minutes and do them spectacularly!! My house would ALWAYS be clean! ~grins~

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  34. You used my favorite word

    PLETHORA!

    I giggle every time I hear or see that word in print.

    Janet xox

    http://theemptynest-janet.blogspot.com/

    PS...my super power would be to super annoy my husband....oh, wait..I already have that one!
    ;->

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  35. I'm a follower! Lovvvve this bag! If I could buy it from you, I would!

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  36. If I could have a superpower it would definitely be to be in two places at once!

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  37. superpower would be the ability to make everyone happy.

    unlikely, I know.

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  38. My super power would be to keep my house clean. I honestly think it's genetic, you either have it our don't...

    I would love the bag!

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  39. I think I follow just about everywhere and I just posted to FB http://www.facebook.com/savvyspaces
    Now I'm crossing my fingers....

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  40. #1 I follow you on facebook! I really really love this bag - Huge coffe lover, come from a whole family of coffe lovers! My only problem is if I win it my daughter is going to try to take it! : )

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  41. #2 I follow your blog! I am crossing my fingers - this bag is the ultimate in awesome!! : )

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  42. #3 I subscribe to your mailing list! Okay I know I've said it already but this bag is fabulouso!!

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  43. #4 I've posted about you and the giveaway on facebook and my facebook fan page! LOVE this bag! :)

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  44. #5 If I had a superpower it would be Energy Woman! As I am now 46 and am feeling my energy level rapidly declining. If I was Energy Woman I could do soooo much more, for myself, my family, community, and the world! :)

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  45. Most definitely a follower :)

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  46. I follow and Like and believe I'm on your mailing list -- and let me say, having written beading tutorials -- this tutorial had to take a TON of time to write and put together! HUGE kudos and thanks!

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  47. Uhm... Can you be bribed with a bag of Stumptown coffe beans? Best beans ever, for coffee lovers a direct trade co. from Portland, Or. My favorite and closet large city near me. hahaa!

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  48. 1.Posted about giveaway on FB @ http://facebook.com/innerearthjewelry 2.blogged about @ http://innerearthjewelry.blogspot.com w/picture of purse, is that ok? if not I will remove photo.
    3.joined mailing list. and will tweet!

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  49. I just "liked" you on facebook! I love your stuff- my mom got me a purse from you for Christmas and its incredible!!

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  50. As there is no chance my two left hands will ever be able to create something like that, I'm going in for the giveaway!!!
    Following you of course (here and on facebook) and as for a superpower? well, I would love to have the power change the colours of my daughter's straw while she drinks her morning choco. Snap! She'll go bananas.

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  51. ok, I follow, I blogged, I liked and I don't know if I'm on your mailing list or not...nevertheless, good luck to all!

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  52. Just got through the great tute! I love coffee and love your bag. So many things to do and so little time. Ahh... ;) Thanks!

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