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Get The Look – Typewriter Crossbody Bag

Get the look of this chic typewriter purse from Kate Spade by DIYing it with machine embroidery and applique.

This adorable Kate Spade purse, originally at Nordstrom, has been all over Pinterest. Unfortunately, in addition to being nearly $500, it’s also sold out. So even if I had tripped and fallen into money, this little baby couldn’t be mine. Luckily, with a little ingenuity, we can make our OWN with a much more cost-effective DIY.

Create your own version of the Kate Spade typewriter purse with this machine embroidered DIY alternative.

This is a much simpler red crossbody bag you can find at Target for about $27. Quite a bit more budget-friendly, and it has the available space on it to add a little embellishment. Really, any purse that has enough space for a little keyboard addition will work, either store bought or thrift store goodness. Red is totally optional too, but darn cute.

In addition to a purse, you’ll need the awesome Typewriter Alphabet embroidery designs, cool-fuse interfacing, and some applique fabric. As we will be using interfacing to attach these pieces on later, be sure to pick a fabric that can be ironed without melting, especially for the large grey keyboard area. If you want to use something a bit fancier for the accents (like the space bar) you could always attach it with fabric glue.

Create your own version of the Kate Spade typewriter purse with this machine embroidered DIY alternative.

So let’s start with the embroidery. Take your gray piece of fabric, and hoop it up as usual with some cutaway stabilizer. You’re going to want to carefully stitch your Typewriter Alphabet keys in a rough arrangement of a typewriter, like so. For a purse this size, I used the smallest size alphabet. With this much embroidery, it’s nice to be doing this on a separate piece of fabric, instead of directly onto our purse, which would be darn near impossible to hoop anyway.

If you want to know how to arrange and stitch alphabet designs, click here for a tutorial.

Create your own version of the Kate Spade typewriter purse with this machine embroidered DIY alternative.

Once your alphabet it all stitched and pretty, you can trim the fabric down to a “keyboard” shape, so to speak. Now, if you purse has a front with a large enough opening that you can applique your fabric piece directly on, good for you! If not, we have a little trick to make it look like a chic, stitched piece of final work. First, stitch a seam around the edge of your fabric anyway. Then, you can attach it to the front of your purse by using your cool-fuse interfacing.

I recommend cool-fuse because there’s a good likelihood the purse you might be working with could be leather or pleather, and in that case, the lower heat you can use the better. If your purse is pleather, take care not to iron over the edges of your fabric onto the pleather, as it may melt.

Create your own version of the Kate Spade typewriter purse with this machine embroidered DIY alternative.

Finally you can add your extra fabric details in a similar manner. Cut them to shape, and stitch around the edges to give them a finished look. Then use more fusible interfacing to attach them, or if you’re feeling fancy like I was for the space key, you can go with vinyl and just use fabric glue. Smaller pieces of fabric are ok for that.

If you’re a bit worried about your fabric staying put, I’d recommend going in with a needle and thread and adding a few stitches here and there through the purse to make sure the seal doesn’t start to pull away. Wouldn’t be good to have your typewriter fly off.

Create your own version of the Kate Spade typewriter purse with this machine embroidered DIY alternative.

And you’re done! Some adorable embroidery and some quick fused applique, and we’re in business. Plus, we saved ourselves like, $470. Score!

Get the look of this chic typewriter purse from Kate Spade by DIYing it with machine embroidery and applique.

So next time you see a cute idea that’s a little beyond your budget, remember that you’re a crafty wizard, and you own magic machines that can help you make cool things. Things like totally chic typewriter purses!

Quick Pic – Cool Cat

Inspiring ideas from customers!

The best and brightest chosen from images of facebook, flickr, instagram and more.

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OK, so this kitty just made a Quick Pic appearance a couple weeks ago, but this is too sweet not to share! magnoliafly on instagram is too cool for school in her Hip Kitty tee. Neon-on-black really electrifies this design!

How are you rocking embroidery in your wardrobe lately?

Quick Pic – Santa

Inspiring ideas from customers!

The best and brightest chosen from images of facebook, flickr, instagram and more.

Quick Pic - Santa. The best and brightest ideas by Urban Threads customers from facebook, flickr, instagram and more.

Nicole Theaux shared this simple but stunning Santa tee with us on Facebook. She shows us how you don’t have to go nuts to make something festive and trendy for Christmas. A bright red top and your favorite Santa design always does the trick!

Quick Pic – Ouija Purse

Inspiring ideas from customers!

The best and brightest chosen from images off facebook, flickr, instagram and more.

Ouija Purse- The best and brightest ideas by Urban Threads customers from facebook, flickr, instagram and more.

If you’ve had maybe just enough holly and santas for one day, you’ll appreciate this change of pace… a totally chic and wicked looking Ouija Purse from Fine Line Leather Design.

Yeah, you can add this one to my Christmas list for sure.

Quick Pic – Unicorn Magic

Inspiring ideas from customers!

The best and brightest chosen from images off facebook, flickr, instagram and more.

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Flickr user Fondie certainly has made an adorable dress for an adorable girl. Honestly, bright rainbow unicorns make nearly anything adorable.

Quick Pic – Feathers

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The best and brightest chosen from images off facebook, flickr, instagram and more.

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Sew Caren has really gone to town using the Chic Charms pack, in fact her instagram feed is just filled with lovely versions of these stacked charm bracelets. So elegant!

Urban Threads Runway Fashions

A chill is full in the air and fashion showcases are going on up and down runways around the world. We’re celebrating fall fashions all this week as part of our Fall Sale, and we thought we’d do a quick roundup of Urban Threads fashions that really have walked the runway, from a number of very talented fashion designers who use machine embroidery as one of their tools of the trade.

These stunning fashion images are courtesy of Jenny Jeshko for the Mercedes-Benz Prague Fashion Weekend, Tim+Thom for the Red Dress Collection, Alt.Kilt for NY Fashion Week, Ivy Frozen for the Japan Expo 2014 and Scoundrelle’s Keep for the fall Pomme de Sang show.

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From home machines to runway ready, machine embroidery is finding a new place and new audiences all over the world. We love seeing what these superstars of fashion do with Urban Threads designs.

If you want a piece of fall fashion to yourself, craft it up at home with the Fall Fashion Sale, going on now through the weekend. We may not all get a piece of the runway, but we can look like we do!