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Finished purse 
 OK, my first stab at a tutorial.  I had been wanting to create a bag from old blue jeans but didn’t want to spend a lot of money buying a pair.  I have been reading other blogs about thrifting where the blogger bought clothes and craft supplies for $.25, $.50, etc. in thrift shops.  We must have a higher class of stores because the least I could find was for $5.00.  Where oh where is the rummage sale I used to help with at my church in New England— pants were no more than $.50 each!!  Well, a neighbor had a yard sale and I bought a pair of her little girl’s jeans, about a size 5 I think. 
I have been on a purse making kick lately.  These wristlets were made using a tutorial at Split Yarn.  I made them as a parting gift to some friends at work.  After making a couple of these I was able to whip out one in no time flat.  I hope they liked them.  I think I will add a  zippered pocket  and credit card pockets in the next wristlet I make.                                                   

Wristlets

 Here are some other purses I made.  The first one was using a Simplicity pattern.  Not pleased with the outside fabric but love the lining.  The pattern was very basic so I added inside pockets, a zippered pocket. a key fob and a magnetic clasp.

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Here are a couple more.  Both were made with patterns (can’t remember which ones at the moment).  The blue denim one was difficult to sew because of all the layers, broke a couple of needles on it.  The second patchwork bag is my favorite.  Again, I added extra pockets, a key fob and magnetic clasp. 

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