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This is a coin purse I made for the new "golden dollars" . My 3 year old son was watching "Robin Hood " + Grandpa throwing out old shoes = cool place ...
Using a craft knife, cut away sections of leather by following the shoes seams. The leather is bonded to many layers of material, but once you cut tho...
Going around the back of the shoe to get a long piece.
at this point I was just harvesting leather, but I see how a pattern is emerging for a coin purse.
This T shaped piece is thinner and softer than the body leather. Great for the top of the bag where the shoe laces will thread through and will be pli...
I trim the pieces if needed to make sure they match in size.
Before sewing, I sanded the "inside" surface of the leather free of the adhesive residue by rubbing the leather on the concrete steps to the patio. I ...
I sewed the two pieces of leather along the top edge only.
Fold open the sewn long piece and notice that it wants to curve into a "U" shape. Wrap the long piece around the toe top leather, make sure it "fits" ...
Sometimes I would put the eye of the needle on the arm of my chair and push down for those times when the leather was really stubborn. You can use a m...
After sewing both sides , turn work right side out....
I decided to add a bit of beads for sparkle and to make a clean edge, as I will be sewing on the outside like a piece of applique . The top edge of th...
I tacked the bead string along the edge every 5 beads or so.....
After sewing/tacking down the applique "T" shape to both sides of the coin purse...this photo shows the top edge with the strings in place. Fold down ...
Make a slit with a craft knife in the inside of the string pocket. With the aid of a crochet hook wrap the string around the purse opening and out the...
Add a large bead (or 2) to the string , so when the coin purse is in the closed position it will stay tight. Open the purse all the way and knot both ...
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