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CRAFTY VISIONS Newsletter - Fall 2002
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Tapestry Doll Purse

Two examples of doll purses
On left top is open and purchased bear is peeking out, the strap has not yet been added.


6" tapestry style ribbon
12" to 18" rattail cord in matching or contrasting color for strap
Needle and matching thread
Colored beads (transparent or Indian seed beads to blend with the colors in the ribbon)
White craft glue


Fold a one fourth inch hem toward the back side of the ribbon at each end. Stitch it down and then run a thin line of craft glue along the edge to seal it. You can use one of the fray stop products but be sure it is one that dries soft and flexible. Fold the ribbon up two inches wrong sides together and overcast down both sides. Fold the top piece down over to form the flap of the purse. Tie a single overhand knot in each end of your rattail cord and place the knot just below the bottom fold of the ribbon purse. Either glue or stitch the rattail cord up the side of the ribbon and repeat on the second side. This will form you strap. The length will depend on the size of the doll but it should be worn over the shoulder and across the chest and hang approximately at the doll's hip

You can also make this as an amulet for a person by adjusting the length of the strap to be worn around the neck as a necklace. Complete the purse with a thread loop in the center of the flap and a large bead as a button placed on the front portion of the purse.

Example of fringes

To add a bead fringe begin at the left side along the fold. Take a single stitch with matching thread and string your seed bead in the design you wish. The last bead in the first row, turn the needle around and go back through the entire back row stitching and tieing off in the fold of the purse. Repeat this for each additional row of beads. You can make a graduated "V" shape to the beading by adding one extra bead to each row of beads until you reach the center of the purse width. You will then decrease one bead on each row until you have the same number of rows on each side of the center.

CRAFTY VISIONS Newsletter - Fall, 2002
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