Square Motif Handbag-Finished!

I finally finished! Okay last time I posted this purse I joined the rounds… well attempted to. So once the bag is joined it says to do a picot round. Which is actually the easiest part to this bag. Remember this is how I translated the directions you might interpret it differently. If you want a copy of the actual book I found it here.

*Make a sc in the 3rd ch of the ch 5. Ch 5, ss into 1st ch made. One picot made. Make a total of 4sc and 3 picots in same sp.

Work 1sc and 1picot in each sp until 3rd ch of next ch 5**

Repeat from * until every space has a picot ss into 1st sc and fasten off.

Work dc, ch 2, sk 2 along the outside of the bag from the 4th row from bottom down and overhand shut.

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After that you need to make drop ornaments for the bag. The instructions call for little pieces of cotton cloth but I shoved in Polyfil.

Round 1: Ch 2,

Round 2: Sc 5 in 1st ch

Round 3: Sc 2 in each sc just made, don’t ss into new rounds

Round 4-5: Increase by 5 in each round until you have 20 on one round

Round 6-7: Work next 2 round without increasing (20sc in each round)

Round 8-11: decrease by 5sc on each round ( 5 sc2tog on each round)

Round 12: stuff a small bit of cotton or poly-fil into ball before closing.(if you can’t do it on this round undo a round or two till you can remembering which round you were on for the other ornaments) Sc5tog.

Make 7 drops in all.

To join drops to bag ch 10, ss to a point at the bottom of the bag. Then ss to a drop, space them evenly 3 on each side of the bag and 1 on the bottom.

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For the next step I had to look up Celluloid Rings. Seriously I never heard of them and after finding only a little about them on Google I had to resort to calling my mom, queen of all things crafty; who never heard of them. Luckily her husband had. Celluloid was the third attempt at making plastic. Invented in 1869 and production started in ’72: they made lovely exploding billiard balls.

After finding nonexploding plastic rings a .5” in diameter you need to sc around 10 of them covering them as completely as you can. Attach the rings to the 2nd row from the top of medallions as evenly spaced as possible.

Next you need to made 2 cords for the handles of the purse. Ch 7 and join it into a ring. Now Sc into the 7 chains. Continue making 7sc rounds until the cord measures 32” long. Then make another one. Assuming you have any eyesight left run the cord through 5 of the rings and join the ends knotting it to hide the joint; do it again on the other side. You’re not tying the two cords together your making two handles by threading the cord through 5 rings and tying both ends of the same cord together making one handle.

Now the original instructions call for lining the bag with silk. Personally I think nylon and a sewing machine works just fine. 😉

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About Marcia Young

I’m the wife of an active duty Army NCO and the mother of one, home schooled, special needs child. I have won several people’s choice awards for my fanfiction under the moniker MLMonty. All of my current published works can be found via Smashwords and other retailers under my nom de plume Marcia Young. I am currently open to finding a new literary agent and publisher.
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2 Responses to Square Motif Handbag-Finished!

  1. Me says:

    It looks great!

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