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« on: May 08, 2014 08:02:46 AM »

 I made these two purses for recent swaps. The pattern is pretty simple but I had the hardest time understanding it at first. I was told it was written for quilters and I have never quilted so I found it really confusing. Also there was only one pattern piece and you had to measure everything else out yourself. That drove me bonkers. After I figured out the first one the second one went WAY quicker and was worlds less frustrating.
 The first one was for the IYP swap and it is a damask fabric with octopus on it. The patterns called for the fabric over the zipper and the fabric under the zipper to be different with different colored zippers on each side. I thought it looked a little classier with the same fabric above and below the zipper. One side has the cream zipper the other a matching blue. There are two pockets on the outside and then two additional zippered pockets out there. The inside had a pocket too.

I borrowed these pics from my partner, Luckdragon.

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 For this one I for the Fairy Tale swap and made the outside pockets a little taller to get more of the Alice in Wonderland fabric in. Both straps are adjustable and this one has the same colored zipper on both sides.

and this one is from Cryssoleil's posting too.

 My mom really liked them both an asked that I make her one for Mother's Day. She picked a beautiful batik fabric and I will post that one up when I get it done.
  Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2014 08:15:27 AM »

Gozer, you did an amazing job on these!!  Someone (sorry, I forget who it was) that your purses are getting kind of famous on craftster.  I have to agree - and there's a really good reason for that!  You always pick the most fun fabrics, and you are about the best fussy cutter I know!  Cheesy

« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2014 08:20:49 AM »

Gorgeous fabric, where is it from? I love that style of bag as well.
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2014 09:00:20 AM »

These turned out fabulous.  Love both of them. 

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« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2014 09:54:44 AM »

 I got both fabrics off Etsy. The coordinating fabrics are from Jo Ann Fabrics.
 I really enjoy making purses even though I have never managed to make one for myself.  Tongue

« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2014 11:03:18 AM »

Gozer I have gotten so many compliments on my purse! People go out of their way to come ask me about it and to try find out where they can buy one. I TRY my hardest not to be smug when I tell them it was custom designed and made for specifically for me. 😁😁 I still just stare at it. It's just so perfect.

I can relate to not making things for yourself. That's why I had to make an art journal. Because when people fall in love with a page they can't ask for it lol it's part of my art journal. Plus when whatever I'm working whispers to me and says, "oooooo your mama would love this, you need to give me to her." I can resist... JOURNAL. But it's kinda hard to make a purse journal. :/

I adore my one of a kind purse! You are a master! <3
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« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2014 01:38:21 PM »

These are SO BEAUTIFUL!!  Cheesy

Don't you just hate confusing patterns?!  Huh I always try to pin it first to see if it should be that way, but that isn't always possible.

You should make your mom AND yourself one!  Cheesy

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« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2014 04:52:17 PM »

Oh these are gorgeous! I love the subtle octopi and the Alice in Wonderland fabric! Where'd you get the pattern? I need a new purse.

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« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2014 04:59:37 PM »

i was in both of these swaps and i was jealous of both those recipients!  interesting design, brilliant fabric choices (who doesn't love octopus damask?), and skillfull execution!  you can swap with me anytime Wink

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« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2014 05:33:52 PM »

 Ah, that was so sweet Jo_mama. I would swap with you anytime!
 Got the pattern from Annie's. It's called "A Cute Bag" and it's by Wonder Woman Quilts. I just finished cutting out my Mom's purse and I swear I have no idea why it gave me such a fuss the first time. Huh It really is a simple pattern once you know what you're doing.

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