Monday, July 11, 2011

Update on the Upcycled Messenger Bag

You know how you make something and look at it and you know something is not exactly right but you don't know what? That's what was happening to me with the Messenger Bag. I couldn't get out of my head that I wanted to put the 'vintage' pin* that I had found at the flea market a couple weeks ago on this bag but it would be too much with the gold pins already there. (Check the June 11, 2011 blog for original story.)

*probably not vintage as I look closely at it. LOL

I dug out the yucky feathers and made a place for some new feathers. After the glue set and the pin was moveable, it positioned it on the front flap of the bag. Moved it around some to find the right place and then voilà, sewed it on. Gold pins are saved for another project.

Next were the beads. In the meantime one of the glass beads had worn through the thread and a couple beads were dangling. I had some new plastic thread, like fishline but very thin, that I used to sew alllllll the beads back on. I added some medium sized and some quite small black seed beads and extended the area a bit

Now it feels finished. Take a look.

Completed version

Lower left side of flap with spaces filled in with the seed beads
"Vintage" pin with new feathers. It's probably made from filo dough but it is just right for this purse


Deni said...

That is amazing! You have a good eye!

Kath said...

Yes the definitely was what it needed Diane! Looks great! Now on to selling it!

Pussyfoots said...

This bag is for me. When I carry or wear painted bags/clothes people often ask me about them. This opens a dialog for explaining what I do and I give them my card. You just never know who you'll meet.

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Sandra's Fiberworks said...

love the Vintage pin -- super fun!