Purses

luvtosharedivsFebruary 10, 2012

I just finished a couple of quilted purse projects and wanted to share them here.

I've made purses/totes before, but this pattern beats them all! It's called 'Baja Traveler'. The top measures about 14" across, bottom is about 11" across, height is about 11" and depth is 5". It is made so sturdy, that it stands up by itself, because of all the fusible fleece backing the fabric. There is one outside pocket, and a bunch of inside pockets.

This first one is in dark fabrics, because I wanted something more for Winter. It has a fabric handle and a zipper closure. (The pattern can be made w/o a zipper, if desired.) The handles are standing up, because they're leaning against a wall. The purse is standing on its own:

I enjoyed making it so much, that I decided to raid my stash and make a wild one for Summer! But I wanted a longer handle, so I used belting material. Here's the front:

And the back, with an outside pocket:

The attached "flowers" were made with a product called 'Glubers'. The directions called for a "bling" to be attached to the center of the flower, but I used buttons instead, since I have a jarfull of saved buttons from years of sewing.

Please share your pics of purses, totes and bags:)

Julie

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msmeow

Those are very cute, Julie! Nice job.

I'm so picky about purses that I should just make my own. They can't be too big, need to have outside pockets, etc.

Donna

    Bookmark   February 10, 2012 at 2:47PM
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teresa_nc7

Very nice! Lovely fabric choices!

Teresa

    Bookmark   February 10, 2012 at 2:48PM
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loisflan

How fun, Julie. Your purses are great. Smart use of your stash too. Lois

    Bookmark   February 10, 2012 at 2:49PM
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bev2009

Beautiful! I love the flower.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2012 at 3:30PM
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K8Orlando

Your purses are really cute! I especially like the dark one.

I made small leather purses for a year and sold them at art fairs after a layoff from my 'real' job. I made enough money to support my fabric and leather habit but not enough to pay the mortgage! I have to admit it was a lot of fun though.

These are some examples of the ones I made. They were mostly small, hands-free kind of bags.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2012 at 3:47PM
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luvtosharedivs

Thanks, everyone, for your comments.

Kate, your leather purses are adorable!
I made enough money to support my fabric and leather habit but not enough to pay the mortgage!
LOL! I think we all have expensive craft hobbies, and no matter how much we sell, we just can't make a living at it.

I used to make bags about that size, but out of fabric to match the dresses I wore, back in the 60's.

Thanks for sharing.

Julie

    Bookmark   February 10, 2012 at 8:40PM
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fran1523

Nice bags. I've made a couple of bags and love having something unique and one of a kind.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2012 at 8:50AM
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bev2009

I'm always amazed how created some people can be. I love the leather purses, too. I've never sewn with leather. Do you do it on a regular machine?

    Bookmark   February 11, 2012 at 2:33PM
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K8Orlando

My trusty Elna handled it with no problem, even the heavier leathers. I use a needle specifically designed for leather but they are available everywhere. I liked using the raw edge of a finished hide because the curves and uneven edges were so interesting.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2012 at 3:37PM
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beth7happy

ooo Julie and Kate.....such great bags! They're all sooo pretty!

    Bookmark   February 12, 2012 at 8:32AM
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magothyrivergirl

Pretty bags!

    Bookmark   February 12, 2012 at 8:51AM
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luvtosharedivs

Thank you again, all!!

Julie

    Bookmark   February 12, 2012 at 12:10PM
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quiltingfox

Julie I love the quilted purses you made! They look awesome! :-)

Best to you,
Sandra

    Bookmark   February 12, 2012 at 9:17PM
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murphy_zone7

Just love that purse! Fabric choice is great! I haven't bought a purse/tote in over 6 years! Since I found out I could make them and get EXACTLY what I wanted, unique one of a kind, and less expensive than the "store bought" ones I used to buy. I even made a purse insert so I can change bags daily by lifting the insert out of one and into another, takes only seconds. Wish I could remember how to post a picture here, would post one of my latest bags.
Thanks for sharing. Now off to find that pattern, want one of those too!
Murphy

    Bookmark   February 13, 2012 at 7:15AM
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lafonda_ranch

Love them! I made a purse a few years ago, and still use it in the summer. I need to make a winter version. It is still my favorite!

Robbi

    Bookmark   February 13, 2012 at 8:10AM
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luvtosharedivs

Thanks, Sandra, Murphy and Robbie!

Murphy,
To post a picture here, you need to first upload your pictures from your computer to a free hosting site. I happen to use Photobucket. You can then copy the HTML code under the Photobucket picture, then paste it in your message. It will then show in your preview, then you can click submit. One other suggestion: You might want to resize your photo to under 100 kb for easy loading, especially for anyone who uses dialup. I use Irfanview (free) for resizing, but I think you can also resize in Photobucket.

I'd LOVE to see your bags!

Julie

    Bookmark   February 13, 2012 at 9:50AM
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minnie_tx

Love them so smart and stylish !!!

    Bookmark   February 13, 2012 at 8:56PM
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