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« on: October 26, 2007 01:14:59 PM »

My aunt had the neatest little purse that she had learned how to make when she bought her super cool new sewing machine and took a class to learn how to use it.  Well, she showed me how to make it the other day and these are the results after a lot of laughing and cussing.  I am eager to make another!


The straps can be pulled so it is a yellow bag, a different look:  Straps pulled so it is a green bag, and it has bonus inside pockets!

« Last Edit: November 04, 2007 06:00:14 AM by moecantsew » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2007 06:39:15 PM »

this is awesome!! and you did a great job. love the way you made the strap.

any chance for a tutorial?
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2007 06:40:41 PM »

That's a really nice purse.  Love the colors.
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2007 10:47:10 AM »

this is awsome!
& no posting pics, is not hard at all =]

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« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2007 05:47:52 PM »

Really cute and unique! Thumbs up!  Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2007 06:50:40 PM »

Thanks for all the compliments!  I am a sewing disaster (hence the moecantsew--its totally true!), so I can give you a basic description of the method.  It is really a messy look so great for messy sewers such as myself. 

I used 3 flat quarters cut into quarters to make the sides and the bottom.  In order to do this you just put them wrong sides together with a piece of batting about a 1/2 in smaller than the squares in the middle and sew a big X through the sides.  On the bottom I put in a piece of plastic canvas to make it sturdier, again cut the same as the batting. 

For inside pockets use a piece of fabric twice the depth that you would like the pocket to be - fold in half and stitch onto the bottom half of the purse - you can stitch these only in the middle to make 2 pockets, or stitch smaller sections to make pen pockets, cell phone pockets, etc.  The sides do not need to be hemmed onto the bag at all. 

On the edge that will be the top of the purse you need to fold down the layers of fabric and stitch a hem to the outside.  It doesn't need to be double folded because you just chop up the edges to make the fringy look. 

Stitch all of the sides together to make a cube - the unfinished edges all out so you can make fringes.  Make sure you get the pockets stitched on the side in this step. 

Likewise with the bottom - stitch to make the bottom of the cube.  I don't know if there is any good method to do this, I just stitched one side on at a time, making sure the short ends went with their respective sides.  It is a bit tricky, but if I can do it anyone can. 

For the handle I used 2 pieces that were 36 in long and 8 inches wide, sewed them together to make a long strip, then placed batting in the middle, folded in half to hide the edges and stitched down each long side with a zigzag.

The handle is strung through button holes stitched at the top corners of each side of the purse, then finished (the ends are sewn together).

Lastly clip all of the edges into neato fringe and throw in the washer to even it out.  I really don't think anyone can screw this one up, it is so simple.  It took me about 4-5 hours to do learn how to do it. 

whew - that was a long post.  PM me if you have any questions!
« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2007 10:06:14 AM »

Really cool purse, thanks for the directions!

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« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2007 08:12:28 AM »

i love all the inside pockets! i am thinking about taking one of those sewing classes so i can learn how to read a pattern  Roll Eyes

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