Handbag Bloopers

Here are three little purses I made without a pattern.  In the past, I always bought a commercial pattern, but the restrictions on those patterns are a downer for me.

Now with the pattern making thing, there will be lots of bloopers (I should know, lol).  Here are three purses I made and will give to some of my little girl cousins to play with.

These purses are also the first time I've tried to add zippered pockets to the outside of a bag and to the inside lining. It was also my first time quilting fabric. I hadn't even done this with a commercial pattern.  I think I have the idea now.

This first purse is not quilted, but it is lined inside with the same color fabric as the zippered double pocket on the outside of the bag.  I added grosgrain ribbon for the handles.

 I used some Air Force designed fabric I found at Walmart to make this quilted purse.  This is my first quilted purse!  Yayyy!  I actually like this.  I made the pocket too small though.  I was testing out a technique I found online, but my measurements of the pocket fell short.  LOL.  The inside is lined as well, with 4 dividing pockets cut from the Air Force fabric.  I made the handles myself too.  This particular bag does not have a zippered closure on top.  I used a button instead.  I will make this one again, but the pocket on the outside will be bigger.

The taller one looks more like an eye-glass case. The reason I'm not keeping this one for myself is because the opening is too small for my hand to get in there comfortably. This one is pretty thick too.  I added thick interfacing and lined the inside.  The zipper pocket on the outside is another technique I found online. I like this zippered pocket much better than the one on the Air Force fabric purse.


First Pazzles Inspiration Dust Cover Pattern by Me

Hey there

I finally got the energy to work on this Pazzles Inspiration Dust Cover sewing pattern again.  The first attempt was awful!  LOL.  This dust cover is my very first successful Pazzles Inspiration dust cover made from a pattern I made myself.  It fits a lot better than I even expected.

Maybe I'll get brave later and make a quilted one, but that would require a LOT more fabric.  Who knows.  :-)



Die-cut Machines and Quilting

Does anyone use their die-cut machines to make quilting patterns?
I’m not a quilter, but lately I have been quilting some pieces to make small handbags (definitely a work in progress).  I’m not new to sewing, but I’m new to making my own patterns.  Before a couple of weeks ago, I had not sewn much at all for over a year.  I’m finding myself re-learning some things and learning new things too.
Anyway, here’s one of my ideas:  In my Pazzles software I am going to make a design, cut it out on craft paper (or some paper that will take pins well), attach to my fabric, and sew around the design.  I want to do this because in my first quilting attempts I only did boring diagonal lines I drew on with chalk.  That is not going to work for me.  LOL
Anyway, here’s another idea for you sewing Cricuteers:  Cut out a silhouette of your favorite images, attach template to your fabric (with pens or quilting spray), sew the outlines onto your quilted fabric!  If you do this, please let me know.  I would love to see this!