Bead Colors Needed:
- Purple - 1250 - 2 bags
- Pastel Lavender - 250
- Light Pink -180
See the Supply List for beads and tools you can purchase here. You will also need:
- Clear lacing or a coordinating color of embroidery floss
Download the PDF for the Purse Project Pattern. You will use the large square pegboard to create your project. Place your beads following the pattern.
Ask an adult to fuse your designs. Place your pegboard on a flat, heat-safe surface. Set a household iron to the medium setting. Place ironing paper over the pegboard. In a circular motion, begin to iron the project. When ironed properly, the beads will still have open centers. DO NOT OVER-IRON as this will cause the beads to close and can make assembly of your project more challenging. Let the design cool.
Remove the paper and bead design from the pegboard. Flip the design over to expose the non-fused side. Repeat the fusing. Let cool completely. Once the design is cool, peel off the ironing paper. Your pegboards and ironing paper are reusable.
Note: Beads need heat for about 10-20 seconds per side to fuse evenly. Lift the paper occasionally to see how the beads are fusing. Additional heating time may be required.
ASSEMBLY: Assemble the sides and bottom of the purse following the diagram shown here.
Interlock parts F and G to form the lid of the purse. Using lacing or thread, tie the bottom of segment F to the top of the back panel, segment C.
To make the purse strap, weave clear lacing through beads as shown (this illustration is expanded and lacing is red and blue to more easily show the lacing pattern used). Be sure to tie your string tightly. Leave extra lacing at the strap ends to attach them to the purse. Make the strap as long as you like.
Use the excess lacing from the purse strap and tie it to the sides of segments D and B as shown here.