Here is the other Hello Kitty fabric that I have. I like this design a lot but I really had a difficult time deciding on a lining for this one. This purse isn't quite finished as I did not have matching ribbon for the closure tie, so tomorrow when I'm out and about I'll see what I can come up with. This is the same size as the yellow Hello Kitty purse from yesterday only it has a single longer strap.
I wanted to add some little girl and kind of "tween" purses to my line, so today I made this Hello Kitty purse. I like the purse but think it is a little small. What size do you ladies use for your little girl and not so "little" girl purses. This turned out to be about 5"Hx7"wx2"D. Now enough chit chat...here's the purse....what do you think?
While digging through my stash yesterday I came across several pieces of "Red Hat" fabric. I haven't made any "Red Hat" items in a long time (even though they always sell well for me), so I thought it was time to whip up something. This is what I came up with.
I've been working on this bag for what seems like weeks...and as far as I'm concerned it really isn't finished yet...I think it needs a little fru-fru trim (some thing not too overbearing) around the top maybe in that mossy green or light pink...what do y'all think?
This is a home dec/upholstery sample that I've had for a long time and kept looking at "meaning" to do something with. I've really got cabin fever and a bad case of the winter "BLAHS" so I pulled this out and thought I'd put a little spring/summer in my purse making. Of course, being one of those tiny sample pieces there wasn't enough to make handles/straps. I cut a piece off the fabric so I could get the flowers centered on the purse so I improvised to get the pocket and the handle loops out of that scrap...but I'm pleased with how it turned out. So here's the bag:
This is a purse I designed and made out of upholstery fabric for a fall/winter craft show. This was the pattern I was using to make the ME fru fru purse I posted yesterday before the "creative opportunity" struck and it ended up being a shorter, frilly bag instead. LOL.
This bag has given me the biggest headache. First I cut the fabric wrong and had one side upside down, next the iron-on interfacing did not stick very well in one spot and yes I know a hotter iron and more pressure of the iron will not "fix" this...I did it anyway and scorched the fabric so I had to cut about 2.5-3 inches off the top of the purse, then of course the inside pocket was too close to the top so I had to take that out completely, but being the stubborn person that I am I was determined I would get this purse done. So here it is, a Mary Engelbreit fabric purse with fru-fru eyelet trim.
PS I think I'm working on an easy tote or two this week LOL.
I love this design and I was determined I was going to make this thing even though I seemed to have more trouble with it than the rest of you. I guess sometimes some of us get a mental block and make things much more difficult than they really are. I used some "colorful language" (in the words of Daisygirl), I have a few more grey hairs and maybe even a few less hairs....then I sent out an SOS and got some really good suggestions. Then back to the sewing table I went. I grabbed some different fabric and started over....and here it is ........... my completed Sha Sha Dream bag....thanks to everyone who posted suggestions and thanks to buglake for the great design and delightfully written tutorial. Soooo here is my very girly girl pink Sha Sha Dream bag in all it's glory: The full view:
A Close up:
And the inside:
Keeping my fingers crossed that these photos show up
OK I've always thought myself to be a fairly intelligent person but NEVER EVER could I draw (not even a straight line with a ruler) so even though I do a lot of my own purse/bag patterns, I am having a heck of a time with the Sha Sha Dream Bag pattern. For some reason I am having such a time turning the top of this darn thing under. The top is way too narrow so when I turn it it does not lay flat....When I look at my pattern compared to the pattern drawn in the tut (which by the way is WONDERFUL, thank you so much buglake) it looks like the angles are right and the "side" fits the "bottom" just fine when I sew them together. What the heck am I doing wrong...beside not having that beer? Can someone tell me how I can correct this I have several pieces of fabric I want to turn into Sha Sha bags and this is driving me nuts. I very much want to do the ribbon Sha Sha too so someone please please help.