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How do you save a purse after an accidental ink explosion? A purposeful ink explosion, of course!
My sister bought me this awesome expandable yet compact purse. Unfortunately, a cheap pen exploded in the front pocket the very first week I had it. I mulled some ideas around for a while and finally decided to explode some more ink on it, but this time with purpose and flair!
The inspiration for the pattern was a 19th century crazy quilt I saw in a magazine.
Be kind - this is my first posting and my first tutorial.
Your Friendly Neighborhood Frustrated Crafter.

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  • How to make a shoulder bag. Painted Purse - Step 1
    Step 1

    Get a purse! (No prior ink explosion necessary.)
    Find a pencil...
    Grab some permanent markers and fabric markers!
    Note on the fabric markers - read all the directions, they might need a heat-set before you can tote around your oh-so-stylish new tote!

  • How to make a shoulder bag. Painted Purse - Step 2
    Step 2

    Sketch on some cool designs - I used a regular #2 (aka HB) pencil. If you aren't happy with the sketched design, you can always erase (depending on the fabric), wash out, or just paint/marker over. Don't make sketches in Permanent marker unless you're super-confident.

  • How to make a shoulder bag. Painted Purse - Step 3
    Step 3

    Start painting! (Or, I guess that would be "markering" in my case...) I chose a crazy-quilt motif and even painted in some "lace".

  • How to make a shoulder bag. Painted Purse - Step 4
    Step 4

    TA DA!!!

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k m.
k m. · Eastampton Township, New Jersey, US · 7 projects
cute Happy
steph m.
steph m.
i miss the donut!
and awesome purse!
Little Yggy
Little Yggy · Buenos Aires, AR · 3 projects
Lovely colors and the design! Grats ♥
Lilim · 17 projects
O_O Looks like a lot of work went into that.
Naomi T.
Naomi T. · Mississauga, Ontario, CA
You did a great job!!! Way to go. I love the lace detail. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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