Make a Tin Can Handbag
Use a large tin can (this was from a 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes) for this project.
Drill holes evenly around the lip of the can. Use a Dremel or similar tool to sand off all the burrs (this is very important since you will be putting your hand into this can regularly).
Drill a hole where you want to place your shell (Make sure the hole is big enough for your needle and a double width of jute).
Spray paint the can. My can is painted Oxford Blue by Krylon I also sealed it with acrylic clear coat to make the paint more durable.
The pictures of my daughter holding the handbag are from before I started using it. I took this after the first day I used it. I can see that I've spilled tea on it already...oops!! :)
Decide how tall you want the neck of the bag to be. I liked the idea of a long neck because I actually use it as the carrying strap. Cut a piece of fabric twice as long plus half an inch. Determine the diameter of the can and cut the fabric that wide plus half an inch.
Fold the fabric in half and sew the side seam (a quarter inch seam).
Reverse the fabric leaving half the tube inside and half outside. Mark where you want the tie rope to exit and enter. Make two buttonholes at these locations.
Bring the raw edges together (so that the seam is encased and the tube is fully lined). Use a wide, tight zig zag stitch to finish the raw edges of the tube.
Use a very large needle and hemp jewelry twine to 'sew' the tube into the opening of the can using the holes that your predrilled on the can. You can use a button like I did to hold the thread inside the can for the knot (like you do when you sew fabric).
Use a button to anchor the long piece of jute that you will run through the hole where you place the shell.
Drill two holes near the top of your shell. Run a very long strand of jute through the holes.
Apply glue to the back of the shell and press firmly against the can let it dry for the amount of time recommended by the manufacturer of the can. I used painting tape to hold it in place while it dried.
At the same time, squeeze a bit of glue around the inside rim of the can to reinforce the stitching. Clothespins can help hold the fabric to the can while it dries.
Remove the tape and tie a pretty bow with the jute on your shell. Cut the jute tails off.
Use a needle and a long piece of jute to thread your draw string.
Now you have a small handbag for tossing things in when you go thrifting or to the beach!!
I made this for the Iron Crafter challenge.
Check out my collection of Tin Can Crafts for inspiration!!
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