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« on: July 28, 2009 06:39:39 AM »

I have always had a hard time finding the perfect purse.  Generally, I don't like to carry a lot, and I like my hands free.  But there are those days, you know when you have 30,000 errands to run, and you have to carry the mail and a shopping bag and a notebook and your phone and your camera etc. etc. etc. Well I think I finally found the perfect style for me:

It's 7" by 7" by 2" deep at the bottom.  It's got a triangular profile which I am really digging right now.  It was constructed using the Sha-Sha Dream Bag and Lined Zippered Pouch tutorials here on Craftster.  It has what some of my friends would call a boring upholstery weight canvas exterior, and a lovely batik interior, with a pocket big enough for a phone, or as you can see in the pic - feminine needs.

But that's only part of the story. Smiley  Here's part 2:

Constructed the same way as the larger one, but this one is 7" wide by 5.5" tall by 2" deep at the bottom.  Same batik interior, but no pockets.

Story isn't finished yet!  The conclusion:

Here's the last one, 7" by 4" by 2" at the bottom.  It's not really much bigger than a large wallet.  It has pockets for my essential cards (driver's license, credit card, movie card) and headphones, and is just big enough for my phone, keys, and sunglasses.

I love, love, love this idea (which I blatantly borrowed from Levenger, who did it in leather) because it is so modular.  It means that I really only need one purse, but can have "big purse" days and "little purse" days.  And no forgetting the essentials because they're in my other purse!  I am also thinking about taking some of my leftover strap material and making a little wristlet style handle for my "just running out to get the kids" days.  But for my normal days, I like having a LONG strap:

I had so much fun making this purse, and KNOW I will love using it.  Thanks for looking, C&C appreciated.

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« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2009 07:50:09 AM »

Those bags are fabulous they're the sort of thing i need. this rocks Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2009 08:57:08 AM »

That's a really cool idea! Looks great too  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2009 11:16:07 AM »

OOH - I noticed that you connected the straps via the side seams (saw the little tab with the d-ring at the top sewn into the side seam).  This is really ingenious and would make the job of putting the zipper in the top MUCH easier.  Kudos to your smart design!
« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2009 12:18:40 PM »

I'm not seeing how this works and I couldn't find the previous one you referred to  - is it 3 separate pouches that you have attached together?  How does that work?  Sorry for so many questions but I love the idea and your interpretation of the idea - great job!
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2009 04:39:34 AM »

Thanks for all the kind comments!

Sylrpt - yes, it is three different pouches, each with D-rings on the sides.  These can then be attached to the strap using hooks on the ends of the straps, in whichever combination or order I want.  The inspiration was in a catalog (Levenger) which specializes in leather bags, paper products, and pens.  All yummy, but all expensive! Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2009 10:18:57 AM »

I LOVE this idea.  My current dilemma is that I use my purse as my camera bag, and vice versa, so every time I go anywhere that I don't need my big ass camera, I have to take it out and leave it on whatever childsafe surface I can find.  Having it set up like this would cure so many problems.  Thanks for the fantastic idea! Great job!
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2009 01:58:32 PM »

I think that you made MY perfect purse, too!!!  Oh my goodness I love that...  I must steal it....

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« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2009 12:22:16 PM »

That's a great idea. Co-ordinating styles and designs can be put inside of each other for easy storage, can be changed just for the heck of it. Love the patterns.

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