Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Purses Away!

Way back in January I made a Resolve to Sew and along with my main aim to make a quilt I started to build a list of Bookmarks on my computer of patterns I would love to try. I hoped to be able to push myself and tackle things that scared me. Blogland is such a wonderful place to see so much inspiration and every time I've seen something I'd like to have a go at, I added it. This list ranges from zip pouches to clothing! 
As this list has grown (massively!!), I noticed there was a large amount of  bags especially the 2-4-1 tote bag and several Keyka Lou clutch bag patterns from Michelle Patterns. But I have felt that my sewing skills were still a little too beginnerish to tackle a bag. Then I saw all the amazing purses and reviews that were part of the Purse Palooza. This, and the fact I needed a navy bag to match a dress for a evening out gave me the kick I needed to have a go. 
I picked a simple clutch purse from Michelle patterns and picked some fabric and last Saturday cut out all the pieces. Sunday I plucked up the courage to sew it together and I kid you not it took less than an hour!. The instructions were fantastically clear and it all came together perfectly. 
At first I wasn't going to add a button as I didn't have any that suited it, then I saw several on the Flickr group that looked wonderful with the button.
Post-button. (The buttons a bit wonky, but I'll alter that this week)
Its the perfect size for a night out and fitted in all I needed phone, purse and Oyster Card.

The fabric is Navy Sailboats from Anchors Away by Dear Stella and is from M is for Make
and the button was from RayStitch.
After the initial worry, I really enjoyed making this and think it would be a really good gift idea. Watch out Christmas makes!!
So after this success, the 2-4-1 tote is next on the list of bags to tackle and I will be using Katy's pattern review to help me. I just need to decide on which fabric!


  1. That bag is amazing....what a skill to be need something for an outfit and rather than trawling the shops, you make it....very impressed!

  2. Well done for tackling something new, your bag is lovely the button really finishes it off too!

  3. This is incredibly cute little purse! Nice job, Joanne!

  4. You are so clever, it is gorgeous, I lov ethe fabric. Deb xxx

  5. Well done you, it looks fab! And after all those wee bits, the 2-4-1 will be a breeze!

  6. Congratulations - Michelles patterns are great, and the 241 is wonderful, I use mine every day!

  7. Lovely! A very clever make! Pj x


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