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Thread: Upholstery Sample Bags/Purses

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    Senior Member RNUNU's Avatar
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    I fell heir to a couple "bins full" of (discontinued) Upholstery Samples from a furniture store and thought I would share one of the projects I have been using them for. These purses have "four pockets" inside, in the bag lining ..... and "two pockets" on the outside (at each side/end) of the bag. Just like any of us who sew ..... "Where there is will, there is a way" in putting together and making use of all kinds of scraps, leftovers, etc.

    I was on a "roll" and set-up an assembly line and made seven of these bags.
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    This bag is in the colors of Dark Tan/Rusty Maroon/Green.
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    This bag is in colors of Tan and Turquoise Blues.
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    Very nice to get so many of them finished for christmas! I like the way that you left the gromets to use as a hole for the handles on the tan and rust one. Very clever!

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    Upholstery fabric is great for bags you need little or no stabilizer and batting. Nice work!

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    Very nice. Love the color and texture combo's

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    Your purses are just adorable. Great job and good use of those fabric samples. Way to go!

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    Cute bags. I love fabrics. They look very durable. :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedGarnet222
    Very nice to get so many of them finished for christmas! I like the way that you left the gromets to use as a hole for the handles on the tan and rust one. Very clever!
    Those are not gromets ...... they are "buttons". I use "four" large buttons where the handles are attached ...... and a total of "six" smaller matching buttons ("three" sewn on the center seam line - outside of bag) on "each side".

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    Great way to repurpose the samples. Good work.

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    Hey, you could sell those. I'd like one, if you have any extra. Not into the girly bags that so many make, but I could see using one of those.

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    They're fabulous, love the buttons.

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    Oh they are beautiful - much more sturdy than an average cotton purse.

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    Very attractive bags :D:D:D

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    Those are really nice. I bought a bag made out of that material years ago, still use it, they last forever!

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    Nice!

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    I love these! :-P

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    Fantastic bags! They will make some lucky someone very happy. What a neat way to use up those fabrics pieces too.

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    very nice... i too use upholstry sample for bags.. it's much more fun than "yardage"..great job..

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    Did you use a commercial pattern or make one up by yourself? Good job on all, but my favorite is the tan and turquoise. Need my address?

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    These are brilliant! Great use of "found" materials"!

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    I have lots of these samples from my day job in a furniture store. Been collecting them for a couple years, much to my husband's dismay. He works in the same store and it was really difficult to get them out without his noticing but I managed. I have some leather samples too. Bet they would work well for this. Did you use any lining or batting?

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    What great purses!

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    very nice!

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    Great Job!

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    Quote Originally Posted by katied772
    I have lots of these samples from my day job in a furniture store. Been collecting them for a couple years, much to my husband's dismay. He works in the same store and it was really difficult to get them out without his noticing but I managed. I have some leather samples too. Bet they would work well for this. Did you use any lining or batting?
    If the Upholstery sample was "heavy enough" = Not necessary for batting or stiffning ..... if lighter weight, yes I did use it. All the bags are lined and I use a light-weight batting to give the "inside pockets" more structure (there are "four inside pockets"). I also use "Plastic Canvas" (I think that's what they call it) cut to the size of the bottom of the bag, which add more stability, and it will stand-up better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katied772
    I have lots of these samples from my day job in a furniture store. Been collecting them for a couple years, much to my husband's dismay. He works in the same store and it was really difficult to get them out without his noticing but I managed. I have some leather samples too. Bet they would work well for this. Did you use any lining or batting?
    With you having such a supply .... thought maybe you would like to some close-up pictures the other bags.

    This bag is of Tan and Soft Blues.
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    This bag is Tans and Dark Plum colors.
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    This one is Navy, Tan and Rust colors.
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