Instructions for Using a Metal Carpenter's Ruler for a Purse Closure

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Instructions for Using a Metal Carpenter's Ruler for a Purse Closure
A metal carpenters ruler can restore any broken bag. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Metal frame purses go back as far as the 1400s when they were used as coin purses for the wealthy. Today, metal frames can be used to restore broken purses or to make new, creative designs with purses. The metal carpenter's tape or ruler is a half-square-shaped metal frame that creates a unique and efficient enclosure for any type of purse.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Carpenter's metal tape frame
  • Fabric purse
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue

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  1. 1

    Line up the carpenters metal tape to the top part of the purse. Depending on the opening of your fabric purse, you may have to make it wider by cutting slits in the side. If you're replacing the snap mechanism in an old, broken purse, this is necessary to ensure the metal carpenter's tape fits properly. If you're creating a fabric purse from scratch, you can pre-cut the fabric and lining according to the dimensions of the metal carpenter tape.

  2. 2

    Stitch any gaps between the metal hinges and the purse opening using a sewing machine. The metal hinges tend to create a half square, so the hinges will actually protrude downwards into the sides of the purse.

  3. 3

    Apply fabric glue starting at the hinges of the metal frame. Work your way around the edge of one side of the carpenter tape to the other side. Apply the glue liberally.

  4. 4

    Apply glue to the edges of the purse opening. Insert the metal frame onto the edges of the fabric. Start with the hinge end first and work your way up to the corners, lining up the edges carefully. It may not look altogether, as fabric may look awkward, but don't worry about this yet.

  5. 5

    Allow this glue 15 minutes to dry and then apply the glue to the fabric on the other side of the purse.

  6. 6

    Poke the fabric into the frame using the tip of a pair of scissors. Move around the frame, poking the fabric inside the frame. Do this for both sides.

  7. 7

    Open the purse and poke the lining into the frame as evenly as you can with the scissors.

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