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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Silhouette Tutorial: Circle Purse

Hope you are enjoying the purse kick that I seem to be on this week--I know I'm having fun! This is the third purse design from my purse series, for the Silhouette Cutting machine--and NOW other cutting machines, as silhouette now offers SVG versions! If you missed the other purses, you can see the barrel purse here, and the 2 strap purse here.

If you want to see other purse tutorials on my blog, here are a few others:

Here is the complete assembly tutorial:

To make this box, you will need one of these cutting files: 

Silhouette and SVG file: Circle Purse Design ID #55552

Default size approximately 6 inches wide at the middle of the circle by a little over 8 inches tall (top of the straps.)

I used the Playful Plaid/Navy paper from my Rough & Tumble line for Carta Bella. I also used Periwinkle card stock from Bazzill.

Other Supplies:
Gold Tone Brads
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
wonder clips
adhesive magnets or velcro

You will also need a Silhouette Cameo or Portrait machine to cut this box. This is designed for a 12X12 mat, so you will need to follow the instructions below if you have the portrait machine.

Portrait machine adaptations: 
You can cut this file at full size if you move the purse strap onto the live cutting area at an angle and rearrange all of the pieces. If you do not want to turn the strap on an angle for fear of wasting too much paper, you can scale this down to 90%.  In the Studio software, ungroup and rearrange the parts to fit on the live cutting area that you will want to use in your first cutting pass, and move the parts off the cutting area that you won't need. Keep in mind which parts you want to cut in which color card stock, and arrange accordingly.

Studio Software set up:
If you are using a Silhouette Cameo, when you open the file, it will all fit on the live cutting area. You can choose to cut the purse out of one color, or choose to use two colors. An easy way to achieve two colors is to use double sided card stock. You will only then need to cut the buckles separately if you want those to be contrasting accents. Another way to achieve a two tone look in an easy way is to cut this file twice out of two different papers. Then swap out some of the parts so that you mix in some contrasting elements.

Photo 1: Cut all the pieces out. Remember to choose some contrasting pieces if you wish.

Photo 2: Glue the contrasting pieces to the front and back of the purse.

Photos 3 - 6: These photos are sort of funny. I couldn't decide which side of my paper to use, and didn't realize that I included both sets of photos in the steps until I started writing them. That explains the flip flop between the plaid and the navy.  I finally decided on making the wide strap navy and the buckle gave the whole purse a little more "pop." once you decide which side of your paper you are going to use, fold the straps on the fold line and glue the smaller strap to the wider strap with a few dots of glue on the side where the holes line up.  Thread the buckle through the narrow strap that will end up on the front. You want the decorative buckle holes to show through the buckle (the buckle holes are wider than the brad holes.)

Photo 7: Find the purse back piece (it has the fold-over round flap on top.) Now carefully fold on the dotted lines that fall between the decorative stitch dotted lines. 

Photos 8 and 9: Now find both of the side pieces (the pieces with the "teeth.") Now fold the bottom tab on both of the side pieces and glue them to the bottom flap of the purse as shown. 
Use a fast drying paper glue like Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue. After the glue is dried, you will train a curve into the side pieces by bending and shaping them with your hands. You will see that I also added the 4 bottom brads at this point. I actually recommend doing that after step 16 when the front and back of the purse are attached at the bottom. That way you can thread the brads through all the bottom layers. (I learn as I go...and pass on what I learn to you.)

Photo 10-11: Now that the sides have a little curve to them, glue the teeth around the edge, to the back of the purse. Be patient with this step as you may need to do a few teeth at a time, to make sure your glue is holding. Continue to curve and glue the side around the edge until you get to the top. 

Photo 12: Attach the purse flap strap to the back of the purse with the two brads. (you will find brad holes in both the flap strap and the back of the purse. Make sure that you've lined everything up correctly.)

Photo 13: Glue the side contrasting pieces on. This step may be better before you attach the sides to the back of the purse. Honestly, I didn't have contrasting side pieces in the first version of the file, then I decided when I was at about this step that some contrast on the side would look nice so I added them to the file later. That's why this step is a little out of order. 

Photos 14-16: Find the front of the purse fold the tab then glue it to the bottom of the back of the purse.

Photos 17-19: Now glue the teeth tabs on the side pieces to the front of the purse being sure to follow the curve.

Photo 20: Round the top purse flap a bit to shape it.

Photo 21: Get the hand strap and attach it with brads to both sides.

Photos 22-24: We will now add an adhesive magnet or adhesive velcro to the front of the purse. Cut the magnet down to size, or better yet, get the little circle kind and you won't have to cut it. Put two pieces of magnet together, take the backing off one of the magnets. While the magnets are together, press it onto the purse flap. Now take off the other backing on the other magnet. Fold the purse flap down where it would close naturally. Press the magnet set onto the front of the purse. This is how you make sure that the flap and the purse magnets line up. Now open the flap and press the magnet even firmer on the flap and on the front of the purse. 

You can dress up your purse with glitter spray, flower embellishments or putting a little rhinestone bling on them.

Hope you enjoyed the project. Thanks for stopping by today!
Here are some of the supplies (and other goodies) used in today's project:

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