Tips and Tricks for Storing Purses in Your Wardrobe We live in an age where women fantasize over owning a Fendi Baguette or hanker after a Hermes Birkin bag, and are willing to join a waiting list of five years for the privilege. Such is our obsession with handbags that purses have replaced shoes are objects of lust. Whether it be a tote, shoulder bag or clutch purse, many women today are obsessed with arm candy.
However, if you are the kind of person who throws everything in the bottom of your closet, including your precious Prada purse, then think again. Storing your bags and purses carefully will prolong the lives of these necessary accessories, keeping them in pristine condition and making your money go further.
Storing your Handbag
The handbags you use regularly need to be easily accessible, so store them on the top or side shelf in your closet, standing upright in a line. You can organize them by size, type or color. Place your bags on wardrobe shelves rather than on the floor, unless you are storing them in boxes.
One of the best ways to store handbags, just as with storing shoes, is to put them in plastic boxes or wicker storage baskets which allow air to circulate in the same way as a shoe box. This protects them from the elements, stops them being damaged, lets them breathe, and makes them easy to store/stack. Make sure the boxes are big enough so that you are not folding over the bag handles.
Any purses you don't use so often can be wrapped in cotton pillow cases or cloth storage bags. Do not put them in enclosed plastic dry cleaning bags, or boxes without air flow - they must be able to breathe.
If storing bags together make sure you cover any brass or mental chains, rings, studs and so on to stop them marking other bags. You can do this with a piece of tissue or cloth. Tuck chain handles inside the bag. This prevents the chain from scratching or marking the outside leather. Undo metal fastenings and buckles on straps so that they do not leave an impression.
To keep bags in proper shape you can stuff them with tissue paper or any alternative acid-free filling, but do not use old newspapers. Bubble wrap is better than tissue paper for padding out or wrapping bags as it doesn't attract moths in the same way as tissue paper.
Make space by clearing out your closet and deciding which pieces you are never likely to use again.
Caring for your Purse
If you are going to store purses for a long time then give them a thorough clean. "Empty every nook and cranny, vacuuming out the debris at the bottom," advises Cerentha Harris in her article "How to Sort Out Your Wardrobe", in Marie Claire,'s August 2007 Australian edition. Wipe the outside of your bag all over with a barely damp cloth and make sure that the bag is completely dry before you store it.
For leather bags, you can use commercial leather cleaner to give them a thorough cleanse. In her October 2006 eBay guide, "Storing and Caring for your handbag ? plus tips and tricks", eBay member 403 Halsey says "I have found a product at Walmart in the automotive section for leather seats. It actually smells like leather and rubs on like lotion. As stated on the bottle - test an area first to make sure it is compatible with your bag. This product cleans, conditions, and protects it against UV and heat."
Halsey also suggests that suede bags can be cleaned with a suede and nubuck cleaner available from shoe retailers or shoe sections of large stores. However, the article "How to care for your handbag," on the online shopping site SheFinds, advises against using any kind of treatment and just using a suede brush to reduce dust and grime.
If using an air freshener to freshen the inside of your bags, then make sure to choose one that has a natural smell such as vanilla rather then an artificial floral fragrance. Also you don't want the fragrance to be too strong, so consider keeping it in its wrapping and make small slits for the fragrance to escape.
A tip from Harris in her Marie Claire article is to place a saucer of baking powder on the floor at the back of your closet to absorb odors, should your storage space smell musty.
Tired of pet fur all over your furniture? This sofa and chair protector will prevent that mess in the future.
Pets are such a wonderful addition to our lives but some things about them can drive us crazy. If you love your pet but you're tired of fur all over the sofa make a couch protector pad for the pooch. Measure across the width of the first cushion. The protector doesn't have to be the exact size of the cushion - it can be wider or more narrow depending upon how large of a dog you have. And if you want, you can make the protector the size of the couch for multiple pets. You know your pet's favorite spot to lay so make the protector to cover that particular area of a sofa or chair.
Cut two pieces of fabric to the width desired. Now measure from the back part of the couch, down the front and across the seat. Measure down the front of the couch a few inches as well. Cut the two pieces of fabric this length. Sew around the two pieces, right sides together, except for a few inches at the middle of the bottom. Use this area to turn the pad right side out. Stitch shut.
Measure the length and height of the inside arm of the couch. Cut two pieces to this size. Sew the two pieces, right sides together, all the way around, leaving a small space for turning. Turn the pad right side out and stitch shut.
Lay the large pad out in the appropriate position on the couch. The pad should hang slightly over the back and somewhat down the front of the couch. Now set the small pad up against the inside arm of the sofa. Pin the two pads together, from the back, where they meet at the seat and the back. Place the area under the presser foot and stitch across the seat area then up the back area. Back tack on each end to secure. If you're making a sofa size protector cut and stitch two of the inside arm panels.
You can even add a long pillow for the pooch to rest his head. The pillow will stretch across the lower back part of the couch. To make it cut two circles approximately 9" in diameter. You may need to adjust this size for smaller dogs. Cut one long rectangular piece of fabric the width of the pad and the length of the approximate circumference of the circular pieces. Start by sewing the rectangular form on to the circle at the edges. Leave a few inches at the beginning unstitched. When you get to the end fold under a half inch or so. Sew the other circle to the other end of the rectangle. When you get almost to the end remove the fabric from under the presser foot. Now sew the ends of the rectangular piece together. Place one circular part back under the machine and stitch shut. Turn right side out. Stuff the pillow through the opening on the one end. Stitch shut. Now you can hand stitch the pillow to the main pad or simply toss it up on the sofa when you lay the pad down for pup.
A padding can be put in between the two layers of the main piece and the arm piece. After stitching and turning, stuff the pads with foam, cotton or poly. Another way is to stitch the padding in while sewing the pad. Place the two pieces of fabric right sides together. Now lay a sheet of foam or even a blanket onto the top cloth piece. Sew around then turn right side out before stitching shut.
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