63: Twister Bag
I’m on the road this week, posting from Baltimore. Not that it has anything to do with the content of this entry, but it’s interesting to note.
Today, I submit a hand bag from an old Twister game mat:
I must confess. This is not an entirely original pattern. I don’t really know how to sew a handbag, so I figured the best way to learn was to rip up one and try to re-make it.
I bought this bag a long time ago at a thrift shop because it was cheap, and I liked the magnetic closure. It’s made of something reasonably approximating leather, and it looks like there aren’t too many pieces total.
Never heard of it. I told the recipient of the bag that the M was for “Mom”. It’s kind of a late Mother’s Day gift, because I’m a terrible son, but also a great one.
Then I ripped it apart! I used the old pieces of bag as a pattern for cutting out the new pieces. It worked pretty well.
I folded the Twister mat over itself a couple times (until it was 4 layers thick), and ironed the layers together under some parchment paper. It doesn’t fuse as easily or completely as plastic shopping bags do, but the end result is pretty good. I also stitched around all the edges to make sure it wouldn’t fray later.
When I was done, I had a thin leather-like material, with Twister graphics on both sides.
Because I was doubling it over so many times, I almost used up the whole sheet. But it was still a good deal. Just a couple bucks at the local Value Village.
Here are all of the parts for the bag, including the strap. It was a pretty easy project. (O.K. Not all of the parts. I noticed I left out a small piece immediately after I took this photo. 10 internet points to anyone who spots the piece missing from this picture.)
Maybe the hardest part of the project was attaching this little clasp.
I had to de- then re-rivet the metal bits. It worked out well, because my material was thinner than the original, so I had left-over rivet stalks to try again.
I did what I could on the sewing machine, but I knew there would be a few seams I would have to hand-sew.
As it turns out, you can bring sewing supplies and materials on a plane, even small scissors. That’s good, because I had a long flight to work on this. Above is a picture of me, sewing in the airport.
Here’s a close-up of my barely competent handiwork.
…and the back
…and the bottom. Through some creative planning and cutting, I was able to get most of the interesting bits from the game mat to show up.
One more image of the front — this time, without padding inside. All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable project.
I hope this posts. I have a pretty unreliable internet connection right now.