Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Sewing Fettish

I'm in love with my sewing machine. Really.

I got it way back at Christmas time, but I've used it a gazillion times since then. One of the best gifts I've ever gotten.

I'm also in love with, which gives me plenty of ideas for me to sew.

So, awhile back I came across this pic (and now I can't find it, so I don't have a source for you...)

I loved this purse on the spot, and knew I could sew one myself. I already had the fabric in mind that I would use.

It was some I got at Goodwill awhile ago. I also had an old curtain to use for the lining.
I bought these belts at Goodwill for $1/piece (to use inside my handle to make it stronger.)
Because I couldn't find grommets big enough for what I had in mind, I found these in the curtain department at Hobby Lobby. They snap together. Perfect.

I started by cutting strips for the ruffles...
and sewing pockets (LOTS of pockets) onto the liner.
I figured the ruffles would take a little bit of time to make, but when I started hemming one side of the material, it started gathering all by itself. What a great surprise, and much easier in the long run.

Then I dropped the finished liner into the outside of the purse, which was already sewn together on the sides, and sewed the two together.
I added the grommets last because I had to make holes in the sides of the purse. They were pretty easy to install.
The ALMOST finished product.
Every purse needs a flower, so I added a pin I already had. Much better.

The easiest purse I've made so far....and I've made a lot. I just can't get one perfected...this is close. I'll use it and see how it works.

Linking up to DIY by Design today.


  1. I love it!! You seriously make the best stuff. You should open and etsy shop. I'd buy one of your purses.

  2. Very cute purse Lorie! You even find time to make a quick craft before school as the clock is counting down. I know the kids must be super excited to get back with all their friends & the girls comparing all their new wardrobes, the guys just hanging out! Don't kill yourself getting all the list complete, with gardening, food prep. At least the fair is completed.....& working with animals....Enjoy the journey....hugs....

  3. Oh LOVE it! And how you were so thrifty in making it too!

    I got a sewing machine from MR OP for our first Valentine's Day as a married couple - only used it for Halloween costumes - a seamstress I'm not:)

    Enjoy your weekend!

  4. Your bag turned out adorable! Whats not to love about ruffles, a fabric flower & lots of interior pockets?!


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