* Charming Handbag

Posted on June 25th, 2007 by maitreya. Filed under Crafty Review, Sewing/Fabric Crafts.

I got my hands on Amy’s new book, Bend-the-Rules Sewing, as soon as I could. So very good. It’s pretty rare that I buy a craft book and make something from it immediately, but this pattern really appealed to me, so much so that I enlarged it by hand instead of waiting until tomorrow when I could enlarge it on the copy machine. I’m a sucker for clever ways of doing things, and it has a very clever way of attaching the handles, using a casing so it cinches up a bit. Add in the ribbon trim and it wasn’t a hard sell. I found the pattern easy to follow with the minor exception that the dimensions were missing for the handle and casing. I used felt for the inside (you can see a peek of it in the photo), so left out the extra layer of lining. I was a little worried the felt would make the seam allowances bulky, but they actually have a rather nice heft, with some topstitching to help them stay flat. The fabric is a tablecloth I got at a church sale. I’m withholding judgment on the potentially flimsy grosgrain ribbon handles (Amy’s uses more substantial handles). They will at least be easy to replace if they don’t work out, though.


15 Responses to “Charming Handbag”

  1. macati Says:

    I like the bag!
    :) pretty nice

  2. liz elayne Says:

    love the colors of this bag! my copy of this book should be arriving this week and i cannot wait…

  3. Sarah Says:

    Very cute! I like the buttons. I can’t wait to get my hands on that book!

  4. Rachel Says:

    I just ordered her book from Amazon and can’t wait to try my hand at it! What a great purse and I love the idea of using fabric from a table cloth! Cool@!

  5. Linda Says:

    What a cool purse! I love the color choices.

  6. amy k. Says:

    it looks awesome-
    and I did notice the dimension omission too (dang it!) so I posted a correction up on the flickr “bend the rules sewing” group. . .but it’s almost easier to just eyeball it-
    I’m glad you like it!

  7. lucykate crafts Says:

    hi, i’ve visited your site before but not left a comment but i’ve just been flicking through the crafters companion and noticed you started out doing cross stitch. i too began designing cross stitch, but for anchor, rather than myself, but am now doing my own thing, which i actually enjoy more! : )

    i will visit your site again, all the best

  8. heidi Says:

    Nice handbag! I especially like the button detail on the trim.

  9. Bev Schweigert Says:

    I love this purse! My oldest dd is obsessed with purses… if I have her pick out the fabric, I think she’d love this design!

    I’ve enjoy viewing your blog, you have some great ideas!

    I’ve added you to my blogroll at easycrafts4fun.com and would love to be added to yours…


  10. deirdre Says:

    I saw somewhere someone using grosgrain ribbon for handles, but sewing two pieces together, to double the bulk. It seems like a good idea; I haven’t tried it yet but I will soon.

  11. feifei Says:

    This bag looks wonderful! The buttons add a nice touch! Another great sewing book called Simple Sewing by Lotta Jansdotter.

  12. feifei Says:

    This bag looks wonderful! The buttons add a nice touch! Another great sewing book called Simple Sewing by Lotta Jansdotter.

  13. feifei Says:

    This bag looks wonderful! The buttons add a nice touch! Another great sewing book called Simple Sewing by Lotta Jansdotter.

  14. feifei Says:

    This bag looks wonderful! The buttons add a nice touch! Another great sewing book called Simple Sewing by Lotta Jansdotter.

  15. Jeri Warner Says:

    I wanted to let you know about a Handbag Competition:
    A Fundraiser to Prevent Homelessness
    Presented by Trusted Partners

    Create an original handbag to be eligible to win the “The Most Original Handbag Award” Your creation must be original to be considered for the Grand Prize Package of:
    $100 Quilt Quarters Certificate
    Vera Bradley Large travel set of our cotton product in our new colors
    Marriott Downtown overnight stay for 2 in deluxe accommodations (up to $255)
    $50 from Talbot
    Printer from Kridan’s Business Supplies

    All top 10 bags will be professionally photographed and the winning bag will be submitted to national magazines with the opportunity for publication.

    Deadline for Entry: August 8, 2007.

    Judges will select ten (10) finalists. Criteria for selection include: originality, unique design elements, and quality of workmanship. The Finalists will be highlighted in a fashion show at the Artsgarden in downtown Indianapolis on Wednesday, October 17, between 10 and 2. The Grand Prize winner will receive the most purchased votes. All bags will be awarded to a lucky voter.
    Bags not chosen to be a Finalist will be sold or auctioned with proceedings benefiting Trusted Partners efforts to prevent homelessness in Indianapolis. Trusted Partners matches volunteer mentors with families and individuals in homeless prevention programs to increase the number of people who remain housed.
    For an entry form, go to http://www.bags2richesindy.org or send a SASE to Carolyn Wyatt, Co-Chair, Trusted Partners, 1035 S. New Jersey, Indianapolis, IN 46225.

    For more information on Trusted Partners, go to http://www.trustedpartnersindy.org.


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