This is my first attempt at purse making and by the way this one went I think I will be making plenty more!
I found a remnant piece of cream fabric with cream flowers and vines already embroidered on it and thought I would try coloring the embroidery with markers (which worked out wonderfully).
To construct the actual purse I took the lining (cut to match the remnant) and outer material and attached them right sides together on two parallel sides by sewing them on the machine. I turned the "tube" right sides out and tucked each of the unfinished ends in so there was about 1/2inch tucked in and sewed those up as well so I had a finished rectangle of double sided fabric.
I then gathered each corner by hand using a 1 inch gather stitch 6 inches long on the "long" corners (as in long side of the rectangle) and 3 inches long on the "short" corners. I brought the gathered corners together hot dog style and sewed the two sides of the purse.
To attach the belt I cut the belt about 6 inches past the buckle and undid the belt so I had two separate pieces and attached a strip of lining fabric to both cut ends (covering about 2 inches of belt) using hot glue and staples. I inserted the fabric covered area of the belt down the inside of each side of the purse and sewed the fabric to attach it to the purse itself, I also sewed the remaining strip of handle fabric back up the side and tucked it neatly to cover the staples(sorry, no pics of this). This is the finished product although I can't decide if I should attach a button to close the top or something...any suggestions would be great!
This is the medium project for my swap partner for the Newbie Swap Round 13 (if you haven't swapped yet I would really suggest trying it!) and I will be sending it out along with a couple other projects next week sometime.
Thanks for looking, I appreciate any suggestions and comments