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This is the idea of making a "denim" covered purse out of cardboard and acrylic paint.

The following steps will gonna help you make a Denim Purse just with cardboard. 

Step 1:
Cut Pieces Out of Cardboard

For this purse, the length is 7 and 1/2 inches. One piece is cut to to a width of 3 and 1/2 inch, while the large, triangle     shaped piece is 7 inches overall.

Select a thin cardboard.

Seven by 7and 1/2
Three and 1/2 by 7 and 1/2
The tools used 

Step 2: 
Using Paper As the Hem

Cut several pieces of kraft paper to 3/4 of an inch. This will be folded in half, fitted to the cardboard pieces of the purse, and glued into place.

Cut fold in half and glue on 

Neat glued pieces


Glue The Two Pieces Together

I used regular white glue for this, but a tacky glue is good too.

Pieces "Hemmed" and ready to glue together.

Step 4:

Prime the pieces with white Paint

Just like painting the barn, you need to start with a primer coat.

White primer done

Step 5:

Paint Purse With "Denim" Colored Paint

Paint with the grain of the cardboard, and try to leave bits of the white primer showing through. Using a "dry" brush works best.

Rivets and stitching are added after blue denim paint has dried

Step 6:

Paint White Highlights

Again, using a dry brush, add white highlights to the blue denim "material".

Note how white is added to the hems.
Note streaking 

Step 7:

Paint On Stitching

I used an orange paint diluted with some white so the thread appears faded. It is used denim, after all. Each stitch is highlighted with an off white, and a shadow is placed next to each stitch with a very fine marker. Dots are painted at the end of each stitch.

Stitching detail 
All white areas are not parallel 
Colours appear to change because the flash is used at times.
Looks like denim! 

Step 8: 

Add Rivets and Clasp Button

Here, I painted the rivets with orange and burnt sienna. A shadow is drawn with the black marker to give the appearance of a shadow. For the clasp button, I used a template to draw a black circle, then filled it in with a gold paint. Lettering is added: Levi Strauss....appropriate enough.

Black on gold paint

Step 9: 

Velcro is used as a closure

Velcro is added to keep the top closed and protect the money!


How cute is this! Great idea, I will be makin one of these, thanks for the tutorial, peace & happy crafting

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