Wow, I'm a little nervous! This is the first bag I've posted. I've actually made about 10 purses now, but this is the first one I've actually remembered to take photos of before gifting or using!
It's made of medium weight white vinyl I purchased on closeout at a local fabric store, and lined with quilting cotton. I have quite the stash of fat quarters and have had this swirly fabric for about 5 years now, waiting for just the right use.
It's a square bottom, based on the jordy bag with a slight a-line taper and curved top.http://webpages.charter.net/kwesley8034/Purses/vinylbird.jpg
The closure is a magnetic snap. I put a small piece of transparency sheet behind the snap, then sewed the lining and vinyl around the snap. Otherwise, the super stong magnetic snap will eventually tear the fabric (I learned this from trial and error). I am hoping the transparency is strong enough to prevent this!http://webpages.charter.net/kwesley8034/Purses/vinylbirdin.jpg
Here's a closeup of the bird. I cut out the vinyl with an exacto knife, then cut out the cotton, and then fused the two with double-sided fusible web, then machine stiched really close to the edge.http://webpages.charter.net/kwesley8034/Purses/vinylbirdup.jpg
I found that when I had to sew with the vinyl side out, I could just sew over a piece of regular paper to keep it from sticking to the machine, then just tear of the paper (like paper piecing for quilting).
What do you think?