New Purse and Tote


Tulip Bag PatternI bought this purse pattern from my talented bloggy friend Laura at LC’s Cottage Etsy shop and couldn’t wait to try it!

The pattern comes in four different sizes and has very clear directions. It was perfect for my first try at sewing a real purse!

This project was really fun to make and I plan to try it again . . . although maybe with fabric that doesn’t need matched next time. πŸ™‚

The purse has a large outside pocket and two smaller ones inside, and I used one of my grandmother’s vintage buttons for the closure.

Since I had some fabric left over, I designed a little tote with the patterned fabric on the bottom, inside, and handles and some vintage bead a-la-mode. β™₯


44 responses »

  1. Very cute! I’m curious (and I’m kind of a new follower, so if you’ve addressed this before, forgive me) do you always look for a way to use up your scraps right away, like with the tote? Or do you save some for “someday” projects? I’ve been going through my stash recently and finding fabrics that I saved years ago and never used. I feel like I’ve let the fabrics down. 😦

    • Good question! I usually just tuck them away. But since I was in a “bag mood” I decided to go ahead and make the tote. I actually have quite a lot of the brown fabric left, so I’m sure it will reappear in another project someday. And I, too, have many remnants that have languished far too long, and as much as I’d like to use them before buying new fabrics, I keep seeing some I think I can’t live without. Sigh . . . πŸ™‚

  2. They are really good and I loved that you used your grandmothers button. You have given me a really good idea. I make crochet purses and then fuss about finding wooden or plastic handles. Why not use material? You are brilliant.!

    • That’s a great idea! I just bought some wooden handles for a purse pattern that I saw in a magazine, and I decided that those would get pretty expensive if I get them on a regular basis! πŸ™‚ I have a crochet bag that my grandmother made for me and it has a crocheted handle, which looks really pretty, too. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you! I just love it, too. The colorful one is an upholstery fabric and (OOPS!!!) I burned a little hole on the outside pocket when pressing it . . . which is why it now has the trim. Then I used the trim on the inside pockets, too, so it would look like it was on purpose! πŸ™‚

  3. Both are delightful. This reminds me that I downloaded a pattern for a purse a year ago, and promptly forgot about it. I’m amazed at all the sewing you get done.

    I also like the use of the vintage button. Nice idea.

  4. Niiiice! I’m working on some bags now, I fear I’m going down a big rabbit hole! I have a thing for unusual buttons too so they plan to feature elsewhere, but really need to acquire my mothers button tin!

    • Hang in there! I had quite a few small blips (MOST of which I was able to fix!) πŸ™‚ but in the end it turned out nicely. Also, I’m not very good at imagining how a bunch of flat pieces are going to come together to form a 3-dimensional object, so I frequently say, “Wow!” as it takes shape! πŸ™‚

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