Step 1: Materials Needed
1. A clear one liter pop bottle
2. Clear vinyl sheeting- 14 1/2 inches by 7 inches
3. A package of clear lacing, like you use for lanyards
4. Clear beads
5. Super glue, if you want to use it for the knots
6. Peanut butter!
a. Some dental floss
b. A hole punch
c. An x-acto knife
d. A cutting board
Step 2: Cut Your Bottle
First I cleaned off my bottle, scrubbing the sticky parts with peanut butter to get it all off. (You have to scratch the remnants of the white plastic label off under hot water with your finger nail.) Then, I tied a string around the middle of the bottle, and drew a line around right below the string. I used ribbon at first, but then I used some dental floss, and I think it worked better because it didn't slide around. I also used a water based pen to draw my lines because I wanted my purse totally clear, but a "Sharpie" would stay on better, so it's up to you. I cut the bottle using an x-acto knife. Then I drew another line about a half inch down, and punched a line of holes about a 1/4 inch apart with a hole punch.
Step 3: Purse Top
Step 4: Putting It All Together
Wrap your clear lace around your bottle 4 times. This should give you enough to go around the purse. Fold your lace in half. Lace together one side of the vinyl and the bottom two holes on your purse bottom that are marked with the X's. Keep lacing back and forth, (like in the picture with the green lacing) all the way around until you are back where you started. Then run a lace through your beginning loop, and tie a knot. You can superglue it for extra strength. Don't cut your ends off, we are going to string beads on them soon.
Lacing the two pieces of vinyl together is just a simple X pattern, lacing from the top of the purse down to the bottom, and tying a knot close to the first knot. Use about four lengths of the lace for the sides. Again, leave your extra, we are going to string beads on them later.
For the drawstring, I braided 3 pieces of lace together as flat as I could manage. The braid tends to want to curl up, but it still looks alright. I think I wrapped this around the bottle four times to measure it also. I thought about using aquarium tubing, but I think it would have been too stiff. I wove my braid through the holes, and tied the braid together at the ends with a knot.
Last, I threaded some clear beads that I had onto the ends of the lacing for decoration, tied a knot, and trimmed the ends of the lace. You have to pick beads with pretty large holes. I had some clear pony beads left over from a project, and some clear crystal style plastic ones I got at a thrift store. And that's it! I hope you enjoy your purse, if you decide to make one!