For Christmas this year I made some purses for some of my favorite women. I used fabrics from my stash that suited their interests.
First off, I modified the All People Quilt "sew simple purse," pattern featured here: http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/projects-ideas/bags-pillows/sew-simple-purse_1.html
, using NY,NY themed fabric. Because I only had enough fabric to make a 19" square I did that rather than the 21" sq that the pattern calls for. I did a couple other things differently in the assembly process as well which resulted in a heavier duty feel to the bag. Here are some pictures:
I basted the handles to the purse body then I hand-stitched them in place using matching blue thread. I really like the finished look of the bag.
Here is a shot of the lining fabric:
This year I also tried something totally new for me. I made coin purses for a sister and a cousin. I've never done this before so there was a lot of trial and error. I used the pdf provided here: http://everythingmary.com/images/Videos/Downloads/Purse%20Frame%20Instructions.pdf
The pdf was basically a place to start. I wound up doing at least three layers of stitching around the purse frame to support the fabric tightly. I also hand stitched the sides up to the hinge part so it would look more finished.
First, here is a pic of the purse for my cousin. The wording on the fabric is a Lord's Prayer novelty fabric (my cousin is very religious and very fond of teal) I found some years ago.
I really like how the dove seems to fly up at you from the words.
Finally, here is a picture of the purse I made for my sister-in-law who is a big space buff.
I thought she deserved to have the galaxy in her pocket.
Hope you enjoy these! C&C are appreciated.