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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Just need a new wallet and handbag now…