Silk Purse

My little purse has been in dire need of replacement for several months now, it was getting to be a bit of an embarrassment and the crunch came when the clasp was so weak all my change kept falling out into the depths of my handbag! Last week I finally got round to making a new one.

I’ve a few purse frames in my stash of varying sizes and styles. I picked a rectangular shaped sew in one, slightly bigger than my current purse. I drafted a pattern by drawing round the frame and then extending the sides outwards.With hindsight I should have extended them a bit more, but it will suffice.

Making a purse

Ages ago I bought some embroidered silk furnishing fabric sample books, the sort you can flick through in curtain shops. The pieces aren’t huge but when I checked on line when I first got them the fabrics were retailing at £90-£120 per metre!!! It’s nice silk!

I chose one which is a pretty duck egg blue colour with a lovely floral design embroidered on it. I could just nicely position the pattern so I had a flower on the front of the purse.

I cut out the two silk pieces, two in batik cotton for the lining and two in wadding to soften it a bit. I used iron on interfacing on the silk too to give it a bit of structure. I made the lining first, just to check the pattern worked.

Making a purse

Luckily I read one of my previous blogs on making purses which mentioned about leaving a gap for turning at the bottom of the lining – I’d forgotton that bit! I made the basic purse, turned it and then hand stitched it into the frame. The inside isn’t as neat as I would have liked, I could cover it with some trim but I’ll probably leave it – I won’t even notice it within a week!

Making a purse

I used DMC thread last time, but this time I decided to try perle thread instead, I’m not so sure about it at the moment as I did have a few issues with a strand breaking…time will tell if it’s durable or not! It looks nice though!

Making a purse

My purse is already in use, it’s a nice size as a coin purse – big enough to get your fingers in easily! I could have done with a bit more fabric in the corners as it doesn’t look quite right at the top, otherwise I’m really pleased with it. It holds it’s shape well without being too bulky, but it’s substantial enough to hold easily.

Making a purse

Just need a new wallet and handbag now…

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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25 Responses to Silk Purse

  1. Catherine says:

    What a great way to use some lovely silk! I think you’ve made this very well, and certainly not one to be ashamed of now!

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  2. Faby Reilly says:

    This is soooo pretty !!! I love it!

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  3. KerryCan says:

    I’ve been wanting to try this with some of my hand-woven fabric–maybe your post will be the thing that gets me moving! Yours turned out very nicely!

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  4. What a great idea and such a cute bag. I love it.

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  5. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Lovely little bag, Margaret! You’ve reminded me I have a little purse to make up. Some time. 😉

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  6. nanacathy2 says:

    Stunning, as always.

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  7. This is lovely! I love the flower on the front. You can’t even notice the sewing. I purchased a vintage embroidered purse that was much larger than this one, with more stitching in the clasp, and you could see it was hand sewn throughout. These are wonderful!

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  8. kathyreeves says:

    That turned out so well. It is handy to have this notes on previous blog posts!

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  9. tialys says:

    I went through a stage of making these little purses and really ought to go through another stage as I have quite a few frames hanging about. They make nice little gifts and scrap busters too

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  10. claire93 says:

    looks lovely!

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  11. mandycurrie says:

    Hello Margaret, your purse is beautiful. I didn’t know you could buy those furnishing samples here. Where did you buy your frame from. I love it and would love to make myself one. Regards Mandy xx

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    • craftycreeky says:

      Hi Mandy, there’s quite a few places sell purse frames, have a look on etsy or just google it, you can get glue in or sew in frames. It’s worth checking your local curtain store to see what they do with their sample books, some will give them away. I bought three for £5 from the Cone Exchange at the Harrogate Show, Cone Exchange is a charity recycling craft store.


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