I got an iphone (yippee!), so I needed a new purse because the iphone doesn’t fit in the cute little cell phone pocket on my purse. I decided to try to make a purse. I’ve made a wallet–without a pattern even, but never a bag or a purse. In fact, I’ve had a fear of bags and purses after having way too much trouble turning a strap–which I now avoid at all costs.
I like small purses, so I chose the Lily Pocket Purse Pattern from Lazy Girl Designs. (I have it in my shop.) I think it looks bigger in the picture than it actually is. I have to say, I LOVE this pattern! The style of the purse is great, but what I love about the pattern is that is is so clear and detailed and has so many photos. Everything made sense the first time I read it. It’s a few dollars more than some patterns, but the directions made it worth it. They have many, many great designs, too.
I was going to go with some Fandango fabrics, but with the help of my niece, I went with fabrics from Paradise by Art Gallery Fabrics along with a Moda Bella Solid in Horizon Blue. I absolutely adore these fabrics! Didn’t my niece do an excellent job picking out fabrics? She’s got a wonderful sense of fashion of the Audrey Hepburn style–very classic and classy. And I think she should learn to sew because I’ll bet she’d enjoy it and create some amazing things. But I digress…Here’s the finished purse!! (Although the stitching might look a little uneven, it’s really quite straight. I think it’s just because the purse isn’t flat and this is a 2 dimensional picture.)
Here is the back. It’s difficult to see the outside pockets in the picture because I did not use a contrast fabric for the pocket as shown in the pattern. My pocket is also on the opposite side of the bag–it was 2 am when I was sewing, and I reversed one of the pieces when I was cutting them out. I didn’t have to re-cut anything if I just put the pocket on the other side and also had the burgundy on the left back and right front. It sounds confusing, but it all worked out. My iphone will fit in this pocket, but I’m not sure I want to put it there–it may fall out. I may put some sort of closure on the pocket, but we’ll see after I try the purse out for awhile. One of the inside pockets is a great fit, and that might be handy enough for me. The outside pocket does fit my point-and-shoot camera, which is a nice feature.
I did a few things a bit differently than the pattern because, I think it might be physically impossible for me to follow a pattern exactly through to the finished item. I used D-rings for the straps because I wanted just a bit more length so I could more easily wear it across the body when I want to make sure it doesn’t fall off my shoulder. The strap is rather long, so I may go back and make it adjustable on one side. Maybe with snaps. I also used a magnetic snap instead of Velcro for a closure at the top because I don’t like Velcro much. I hope it gets a bit less magnetic over time. I placed the fabrics a bit different than the pattern suggested, also.
The other thing I did which I was really pleased with is that I used Killington flannel instead of fusible batting or interfacing for most of the bag. No matter what I do, I seem to get bumpy, bubbly fabric when I fuse something to it, and it’s not pretty. The flannel works really well because it gives it just the right amount of thickness for my liking, and flannel sticks pretty well to the cotton on its own. It doesn’t need to be fused. All of my fabrics were pre-washed which could be an issue when using flannel since it shrinks more than cotton. I will be using this for my next bag for sure!
This picture that I took before it was all put together shows the pockets on the inside pretty well. I love that there is a pocket for a pen. That little green twill tape is a place for me to hook my keys inside my bag to make them easy to find. It also covers up the spot where I started to cut the band an inch too short, so it patched up the piece perfectly.
I’m pleased as punch with my new purse! It’s not just the fact that I think it looks pretty cute, but the fact that I took on this project for my One Week One Project Challenge from Amy’s Creative Side and I got it finished! And I conquered my unreasonable lack of confidence about my ability to sew a nice handbag.
And just one more picture. Here is the finished quilt top from the Fat Quarterly Jelly Roll Quilt Along. I actually finished this last weekend, but have been slow to share. That’s my littlest son, Mr. D who always wants to be in the picture.
I am thinking I will quilt this with diagonal lines. I hope to get to this someday soon!!
Also, let me know if you have a favorite handbag or purse pattern. I hope your week is of to a great start!!
PS: Have I mentioned that I’ll be going to Houston for International Quilt Market on Thursday? It’s the trade show that takes place before the International Quilt Festival the following week. I’m so excited to be going, and I’m hoping to find lots of great ideas for my shop!!