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Yes, it was once a placemat!

A friend picked up these beaded placemats to use under the centerpieces at our wedding.  They had been floating around the studio for years since.  Sarah Jo took them and created these stunning clutch purses.  Each one has been reinforced with a cotton lining, then hand sewn to form the purse body.  She finished them with a pocket and magnetic clasp. There are three each in orange and pink and one turquoise clutch.

How perfect would these beaded clutches be for bridesmaid gifts?

To cut or not to cut?

Always on the lookout for interesting textiles, I scrounge yard sales, auctions and thrift stores for great finds.  When an item is damaged in some way, it is an easy decision to recreate it into something else.  But when it is pristine and still has a life as originally intended, that is when the moral dilemma begins.

Here are some examples of when it went well.  First, a fun wrap skirt with stretched out elastic.  Would have been a simple enough fix, but this is better.

Mod Purse
Once a raincoat with decidedly 80s styling.  Again, this is better.
Rainy Day Purse
This one was hard.  A gorgeous round tablecloth in perfect condition.  But I could never have found fabric like this elsewhere.
The Victorian Parlor Purse
The one I could not cut.  Found this at the local auction.  Originally bought it for a one of a kind purse.  I have always been a sucker for velvet and this is an amazing collection of luscious soft warmth.  I feel like I should be arrested if I cut it up!
So, here we are at the question of the day.  Do I or don’t I?  Not sure where this vintage bedspread came from or what the intention is for my having it.  But it melds perfectly with this set of vintage handles.  Well, maybe not the yellow ones.  These have been floating around for years and never quite found the right fabric.  It is amazing that this woven works so well for all of them!
Photo: Always struggle if I should cut up a vintage item that is in good condition, but this time it is easy.  The bedspread is the perfect fabric for these amazing vintage handles.  Love how it picks up every color!

All about the Fabric

Some people have amazing designs in their heads, but not me.  My inspiration comes from the fabric itself.  Right now I am completely obsessed with double knit polyesters.   Someone dropped these off at the school and they are in perfect condition.

Have big plans, but here is the first purse!

Handmade Hobo Shoulder Purse - Fresh Mint Handbag - Ready to Ship