I came up with the idea of making a "denim" covered purse out of cardboard and acrylic paint.
Step 1: Cut Pieces Out of Cardboard
For this purse, the length is 7 and 1/2 inches. One piece is cut to to a width of 3 and 1/2 inch, while the large, triangle shaped piece is 7 inches overall.
Step 2: Using Paper As the Hem
Cut several pieces of kraft paper to 3/4 of an inch. This will be folded in half, fitted to the cardboard pieces of the purse, and glued into place.
Step 3: Glue The Two Pieces Together
I used regular white glue for this, but a tacky glue is good too.
Step 4: Prime the pieces with white Paint
Just like painting the barn, you need to start with a primer coat.
Step 5: Paint Purse With "Denim" Colored Paint
Paint with the grain of the cardboard, and try to leave bits of the white primer showing through. Using a "dry" brush works best.
Step 6: Paint White Highlights
Again, using a dry brush, add white highlights to the blue denim "material".
Step 7: Paint On Stitching
I used an orange paint diluted with some white so the thread appears faded. It is used denim, after all. Each stitch is highlighted with an off white, and a shadow is placed next to each stitch with a very fine marker. Dots are painted at the end of each stitch.
Step 8: Add Rivets and Clasp Button
Here, I painted the rivets with orange and burnt sienna. A shadow is drawn with the black marker to give the appearance of a shadow. For the clasp button, I used a template to draw a black circle, then filled it in with a gold paint. Lettering is added: Levi Strauss....appropriate enough.
Step 9: Velcro is used as a closure
Velcro is added to keep the top closed and protect the money!