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Turn Vinyl Records Into a Unique Purse

Recycle two 45-rpm records into an inventive, kitschy purse.

Crafter Kristin Hansen demonstrates how to create a vibrant, wild purse from records and pink leopard print fabric.

Materials Needed:

  • two 45-rpm records
  • label covers (printed on computer)
  • 6" x 60" fabric (for body and handles)
  • 13-1/2" x 44" fabric (for lining)
  • 6" round elastic cord
  • four 1" metal rings
  • flat button
  • large rhinestone
  • fast-drying glue
  • glue gun
  • hot glue
  • two 1" rhinestone buckles
  • 6" metal beading wire
  • two 2" squares of black fabric
  • two 72" pieces of 1/8" ribbon
  • crewel sewing needle
  • 1/8" and 3/16" Hanson drill bits
  • drill press
  • drilling template
  • sewing machine
  • straight pins
  • leather punch
  • 2 pair of wide-mouth pliers
  • computer
  • image design software
  • printer
  • inkjet paper

Prep the Records

1. Select two 45-rpm records. Using design software on the computer, create a 3-1/2 inch diameter circle with a 1-1/4 inch black circle in the center. Create the label design and print out two copies onto white paper. Glue a label on each record.

2. Place one 45-rpm record in the drilling template. Drill holes with 1/8-inch drill bit around the perimeter and at the top for the closure. Repeat with the other record.

3. Using a 3/16-inch drill bit, enlarge two holes along the top of each record for attaching handles.

4. Glue a 2-inch black fabric square to the back of each 45-rpm record with hot glue to cover the hole (Image 1).

5. Glue the flat part of the button to the back of the large rhinestone using fast-drying glue (Image 2).

5. Glue the flat part of the button to the back of the large rhinestone using fast-drying glue.

6. Fold a 6-inch piece of beading wire in half and thread it through the button.

7. Thread the wire ends through the large hole you drilled in the record. Twist the wire to secure.

8. Thread elastic through the other record’s large hole and tie a knot.

Lining and Body Fabric

1. Cut the 60-inch body fabric into two pieces: 15" x 60" and 45" x 60".

2. Cut the 45-inch piece of body fabric into two 3" x 45" strips to make the handles.

3. Cut the 44-inch piece of lining fabric into two pieces: 6" x 15" and 7-1/2" x 44".

4. Fold the 7-1/2-inch piece of lining fabric into 6 pieces. Lay a record on top, trace the circumference and cut out the circles, leaving 1/4 inch around all sides for the seam allowance. Make 6 7-1/2-inch circles.

5. Place two circles on top of one another, right sides together, and fold the top circle in half.

6. Set a third circle on top, right sides together. Repeat with the other three circles. When sewn together, the folded circle will form the pocket on the inside of the purse.

7. Machine-stitch around the circumference of the first three circles, leaving a 1-inch opening at the bottom so you can turn the circles right side out. Repeat with other set of circles. Turn the circles right side out through the opening in the bottom. Hand stitch the openings closed.

8. Machine-stitch the 6" x 15" pieces of body fabric and lining fabrics, right sides together, along the long sides, leaving the ends open. Turn the pieces right side out, tuck the ends to the inside and topstitch the ends.

9. Find the center bottom of the circle and attach it to the center of the 15-inch body piece. Pin and topstitch together.

10. Repeat with the other circle. This completes the shell of the purse with the pockets inside.

11. Fold each 45-inch strip of fabric for the handles into quarters lengthwise, tucking the raw edges of the fabric inside. Topstitch along the outer edges.

12. Thread 1 inch of one end of the handle through the rhinestone buckle and sew the handle to itself to hold the buckle. Thread the other end of the handle through the buckle again, fold the end of the handle over 1 inch and sew to itself. Do the same for the other handle.

13. Use a leather punch to make a hole in the bottom center of one circle of the shell. Make sure the hole goes through all layers of the circle and through the layers of the body material.

14. Using a crewel needle and the 1/8-inch ribbon, thread the ribbon through the hole in the fabric shell, through the bottom center hole in one record and back through the hole in the fabric shell.

15. Continue to punch holes along the circumference of the fabric shell, matching them to the holes in the record.

16. Whip stitch ribbon through the holes around the entire purse and stitch the final stitch back through the original hole. Tie a knot. Repeat with the other record.

17. Using two pair of pliers, open the metal rings and thread one through the 3/16-inch holes at the top of each record, two per record.

18. Slide the handle loop over the metal ring and close the metal ring using pliers.

19. Loop the elastic over the rhinestone button of your purse.

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