Monday, March 8, 2010

Purse! Purses!

Love purses, so best I make them. I wanted a springy purse without loads of bulk or size. The bigger it is, the more I fill it! So, better make it small.

I sketched out what I wanted and just started sewing. That keeps it fun and original. In one afternoon I made two of these cuties. Each one took two FQ's, some yo-yo's, fusible fleece (lightweight), and some bias binding & ribbons.

One side has the cell phone pocket with the cluster of yo yo's, and the other has piping sewn in and one single yo yo. To make the handle strong and sew in easy, it was sewn right into each side seam. This also gave a little bit of piping along the side edges. The lavender above is double fold bias tape, folded in half and sewn with a decorative vine stitch. The green/lavender below has a handle made of ribbons. A tiny 1/8' lavender ribbon was sewn in the middle of a green metallic. It was also sewn into the sides, giving a piped edge.




Easy and Quick - I used 2 FQs for each one, some bias tape binding, laces, fusible fleece, and some yo yos. Was able to try out some decorative stitching on the Singer Curvy.

I decided on the size I wanted and cut my purse and lining in one rectangular piece, adding the 5/8" for seam allowance. Fused the fleece to the front. Sewed on the cell phone pocket. Turned the two top edges down 1/4" and sewed with a lovely decorative stitch. I was then able to sew the side seams, with the handle sewn right in the seam. All done now except the lining. Sew the side seams, fold over 1/2" at each top edge. Place the lining in the purse and hand sewed the top edges of the purse. Added the yo yo's and almost finished.

For one purse I used the purse magnets for closure and the other I will add a frog loop made from soutache braid and a button.

Not bad and the right size for what I need. Just sketch out what you want to do and take it a step at a time! Having fun is the key!

Happy Sewing,
Charlene

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