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By Sandy from Bluff City, TN
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I'm new to plastic canvas, and I would like to know how to make a purse out of plastic canvas.
By Pam H.
I made one without a pattern using ten count mesh - one rectangular sheet stitched with a variegated (autumn colours) yarn.
Then folded over in half and stitched up the sides (whip stitch in the same yarn).
I used a bit of scrap fabric (brown corduroy) to make a flap (whip stitched with clear nylon thread to one side of the top). (I used the edge of a dinner plate as a rounded flap pattern; cut two, sewed wrong sides together leaving a bit at the straight side for stitching closed after turning; I stitched the flap to the bag by placing the two straight edges of the bag and flap together, whip-stitched then turned the flap to the front of the bag - it looked machine stitched).
I made a 'closure' with a bit of braided yarn sewn as a loop onto the underside of the flap.
A mock-wood toggle button stitched to the front of the bag made a
great catch for the braided loop.
Finally, to make a shoulder strap, I braided some more of the left-over yarn and stitched that to the bag. I got a lot of compliments on that bag!
There are dozens of videos on YouTube, hundreds of books for sale or at the local library - all of which will teach you how to make a bag using plastic canvas. You can also buy pre-formed shapes for clutch bags - all you need is a chart and the yarn+needle, and kits for totes that teach and include everything you need. Possibilities? Endless!