Sunday, April 10, 2011

Up-cycling Challenge #4

Here comes my "Up-Cycling Challenge #4" Purse! Today's bag is a frame purse made out of an old feed suck. This fabric is given by Char from Junk Evolution. They changes their shop theme every month and they had French Market Month in February. They restored a pair of old ugly chairs using this feed suck and it turned into beautiful swans. Char gave me a little piece of remnant of the feed suck just for reference. Then it inspired me to make one chic frame purse with it. I made this for Char. So I added a cross stitched letter "C" for personalizing it for Char.

Since it was a remnant of a vintage fabric, it had a light stain. So I soaked it in a bowl of coffee and dyed it slightly darker. The stain is still there but I think it blended in.

This is a closer look of the embroidered initial. I cross stitched "C" using wasting canvas and added a little blue flower.

The handles are also made of the feed suck. I didn't waste any of the material! I love the faded red and blue stripes. I added vintage buttons for embellishment.

I am glad I was able to put a pocket with the stripes perfectly placed in line.

I picked out a modern geometric print of cotton canvas for a lining. It is always fun for me to think something surprising for lining.

I used my original pattern for this purse. I made a lot of bags in this style. I like this pattern pretty much so I think I will make more and more in different tastes from now on.

By the way, Char wrote about the event we had Yesterday and myself on their blog. She is giving a lot of compliments to me and it tickles me a little. But I would like to say thank you to them for sharing a wonderful moment with me.

Eventually the Spring break is over! I will have one more Spring cleaning day and be able to go back to sew.


  1. I like this bag. Could you please tell me which pattern this is, because I found some great purse frames and I don't know how to make the purse.

  2. Hello Mai,
    Thank you for stooping by my blog. The pattern of this bag is my original. You can draw your own pattern by considering what shape you want for your frame. Need a little bit of imagination though. Good luck!

  3. I have no idea how you attach those frames to your purses, but they turn out so beautifully. Lucky Char! This one is just lovely.

  4. I still have the purse in the shop for a sample but can't wait to use it. It's beautiful! Her workman ship is unbelievable. I sew, so I can appreciate her talent.