Practicing Plastic Canvas

Posted by Brandi White on

I got a wild hair to start playing with plastic canvas. I blame this on the fact that I can't seem to crochet to save my life, yet I have a bunch of yarn and I wanted to be crafty. So, I decided to start out with a bang and made a huge tote/purse, big enough to carry all my junk plus my Nook and my calendar/planner/brain. There's no tutorial or pattern here - I just wanted to show off my work. ;) The overall dimensions are about 10 inches high, 12 inches wide, and 4 inches deep. They're not exact. I totally winged it.
The front looks like this:
The majority is done with a variegated yarn I've had sitting around for at least 10 years. I also used some blue I found somewhere, no idea where it came from. And the purples came from my mother-in-law - they were supposed to be used for crochet, but... yeah. The closure isn't beautiful. I used two keyrings and a carabiner clip. Though not particularly attractive, it does work quite well! I was surprised, really. I wasn't sure how it would turn out. There are some ugly bits in the edge stitching - I used a metallic yarn and it didn't work well. I couldn't pull it through the holes twice, either, to cover all the blanks. It just wouldn't fit.

It sits up on its own. I attached a spare bag handle I had laying around, by making holes in the side panels and using a keyring. I also attached an extra keyring on each side to hang danglies. I love danglies on purses. I don't know why. It's my one girly indulgence, I guess.
The inside didn't come out as well as I had hoped. The first, major problem is my dividers didn't line up. They were perfect when I cut them out but... apparently actually doing the stitching moved them out of whack. It's all good though - it's nice and roomy with lots of space for my junk. The Nook and calendar fit perfectly in that back pocket, and the wallet, keys, etc fit nicely in the front! I found out after-the-fact that the standard is to line these bags with felt. I lined mine with duct tape... so not exactly the perfect choice, but it's working just fine.
I plan to make more of these - my almost-11-year-old daughter wants a bag, I need a smaller one for days when I don't need ALL the junk with me. Plus I just like them, so I'll probably make more just to entertain myself!

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