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Sewn: A Blinged Out Bum Bag

Back in 1991, when I was 8 years old, I visited Italy for the first time. I remember being on the beach, eating donuts, shopping at markets, the salty water. I remember that we bought bags to take home and have “fashion forward” bags for the next school year. I bought a backpack and a, what now would have been called, a bum bag. It was checkered, black and white, and neon, but I cannot remember if it was hot pink or bright green. Maybe both, it was the early 90s after all?

This year we had plans to go to Italy for our summer vacation. To get there, the kids and I were meant to take the train through Germany and stop in various towns and learn about history (my oldest was really excited for the Berlin Wall and Gedächtnis Kirche). I don’t think I need to give any reason as to why these plans will be cancelled.

Travelling alone with two kids, and luggage for two weeks, had me a bit worried. I had, obviously, seen the bum bag trend rise, but to me it was ingrained in me that it was a trend better left in the past. Then I saw plenty of sewn versions in materials that were a far cry from the loud 90s plastic polyester my own bum bag had been and putting all this together I realized that a bum bag would be a perfect solution to keep my hands and shoulders free, whilst still keeping my valuables close to me.

Gold details. I cannot get over the perfect matching of the band

I used a free pattern from a German magazine, Snaply. I managed to get most of the instructions using Google Translate and the pictures provided. It is a small pdf-file and the bag is fully lined, which is a plus. Some cons are that there’s no interior pockets and the flat bottom. But it turns out nice and polished, all seams are enclosed. There are some other bags on their site and I would probably look there if I wanted to make another bag, some are quite cute! There are also a few clothing patterns and accessories as well.

For the outer fabric I chose a cotton/poly blend, a bit heavier weight (no longer in stock). Due to the gold stripes in the fabric I unceremoniously decided that all hardware should also be gold, just to get my bling on (Zipper, carabiner, D-rings, sliders) and a band that matched both the purple and gold. This was meant to be! The outer fabric was interfaced with a cotton/linen blend interfacing and the lining was a striped cotton fabric that I picked up a ton of to use as linings and other things. It’s featured in several garments as pocket bags and/or waistband linings. For example in the skirt I’m wearing in these pictures and my Brumby skirt.

It’s fully lined and big enough to hold my phone (must be a requirement for bag patterns these days, aye?)

Even though this won’t be the year my bum bag goes out on grand adventures, I hope to try it out on the smaller ones. It was quick and fun to sew and it’s always fun to try different things and techniques (just trying to figure out how to thread the band is an exercise on its own). The fabric required is very little and the hardware could possibly be salvaged from worn out bags, so this could be quite a cheap, easy project.

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Creation: The Portside Bag

One of the things we sewed in fourth grade sewing class was a backpack. A simple drawstring backpack, but it made us practice techniques such as appliqué, crocheting, adjustable straps and eyelets. Those clever teachers, throwing in so many details on a drawstring backpack. After that my bag-making has come to a halt. I did make a bag in junior high school, which I did use for school until the fabric was worn out, and another one a few years ago, but that has hardly been used due to bad fabric-choice, bad size (for me) and the fact that I hate wearing bags that hang in my armpit. Seriously, I don’t see the appeal of wearing bags in my armpit. But hey, to each their own. And I did a mockup for another type of drawstring backpack. I really loved the original, but now I feel like drawstring backpacks are a thing of my past.

En av sakerna vi sydde i slöjden i fyran var en ryggsäck. En enkel ryggsäck med dragsko, men vi fick träna på olika tekniker såsom applikation, virkning, reglerbara axelband och öljetter. Lärarna hade tänkt till för att lägga till så många detaljer i en dragsko-ryggsäck. Efter detta har min karriär i väsksömnad stannat av. Jag sydde en väska i högstadiet, som jag använde till skolan tills tyget var sönderslitet, och ytterligare en för några år sedan, men den har knappt använts pga. Dåligt tygval, dålig storlek (för mig) och faktumet att jag hatar att bära väskor i min armhåla. Allvarligt talat så ser jag inte hur det kan vara lockade att bära en väska i armhålan. Men smaken är ju som baken. Jag gjorde också en provversion av en annan sorts ryggsäck med dragsko. Jag älskade verkligen originalet men nu känns det som om dragskoryggsäckar är i mitt förflutna.

Portside bag

Now, several years later, I felt ready to embark upon yet another quest of bag-making. This time I went bigger and bolder. And I didn’t do a butterfly appliqué on a floral background as I did on my first bag. I was looking for an excuse to get the Portside bag and when we were in Italy I convincingly told myself that we were lacking a good carry-on bag. Not to mention that fact that every time we visit the in-laws I find myself missing a decent-sized bag. Then I held out from October to Black Friday with my purchase to make use of the sale. The willpower in me is strong. If it doesn’t involve chocolate. Then I have no willpower.

Nu, flera år senare, kände jag mig återigen redo att ta mig an ännu ett väskprojekt. Men denna gång större. Och det involverade inte en fjärilsapplikation på en blommig botten som på min första väska. Jag letade efter en ursäkt att köpa Portside-väskan och när vi var i Italien övertygade jag mig själv om att vi saknade en bra handbagagesväska. Icke heller att glömma att varje gång vi åker till svärföräldrarna så saknar jag en väska i bra storlek. Sen lyckades jag vänta från oktober till black Friday innan jag köpte den för att utnyttja rean. Viljestyrkan är stark hos mig. Om det inte omfattar choklad. Då har jag ingen viljestyrka.

This zipper actually separates. It was cheaper.
This zipper actually separates. It was cheaper.

Usually I avoid pdf:s at all costs. I hate the cutting, the taping, making alterations, plus we’re almost always out of printer colour (actually, I don’t think we’re out at all, just that the colour sets because we print so rarely. But I digress). However, for this I bit the pdf bullet. Grainline has no retailer in Sweden so I had to pay for shipping, which was almost as much as the pattern itself (Edit: as Joelle noted in the comments, Grainline patterns is sold via Fagert in Sweden. But they didn’t have the Portside set). Also, the bag is one size and needs no alterations, so if I find myself making another version I will use the same pattern pieces.

Vanligtvis så undviker jag pdf-mönster med passion. Jag hatar att klippa, tejpa, göra mina ändringar och dessutom har vi nästan aldrig färg (vilket jag tror beror på att färgen torkar för att vi printar så sällan). Denna tog jag tjuren vid pdf-hornen. Eftersom Grainline inte har någon återförsäljare i här i Sverige skulle jag behöva betala porto, vilket var nästan lika mycket som mönstret. (Tillägg: Som Joelle noterade i kommentarerna så ha säljs Grainline via Fagert här i Sverige. Men de hade inte Portside-setet)Mönstret är i bara en storlek och behöver inga ändringar, so om jag skulle göra om den kan jag använda samma mönsterbitar.

Portside bag
Metallic hardware, it looks so good

I was able to source all the materials in town; the upper fabric, the lining, d-rings, webbing and zipper are all from Ohlssons tyger, whereas the denim and swivel hooks are from Stoff och Stil. I think it’s cool unique bag and I absolutely love the glasses lining. I did get a lot of the lining and was pondering making a skirt from the remains, but as it turned out Gustav also really loved it, so I promised I would make him a backpack for when he starts school, lined with glasses. My bag-making adventures will continue!

Jag lyckades hitta alla mina material i stan; det övre tyget, fodret, d-ringarna, nylonbanden och blixtlåset är alla från Ohlssons tyger, medan denimet och karbinhakarna är från Stoff och stil. Jag tycker att väskan blev cool och unik och jag älskar glasögonfodret. Jag köpte mycket av fodret och funderade på att göra en kjol av resterna, men Gustav älskade också tyget så nu har jag lovat att göra en ryggsäck tills han börjar skolan, fodrad med glasögon. Mina väsk-äventyr kommer att fortsätta!

Portside bag

While working on the bag I did miss notches and some steps of the instructions were wrongly numbered. It wasn’t something I couldn’t work around after the initial “huh?”. Other than that the pattern came together nicely. One thing I will do is find some sort of plastic to put in the bottom of the bag to keep the shape of it, this bag is quite floppy and I can imagine that if it’s not fully stuffed (in the pics there is one king sized bed spread and one pillow. Plus Stephen Fry’s latest memoir, which is high on my to-read list. I just got sucked into Panem before I could start.) it will hang in its shape. So, some sort of plastic to go in the bottom. Lladybird did a removable one, I’m thinking of putting it between the main fabric and lining, I just need to figure out a way to not make it chafe the fabric. And actually find some plastic.

När jag jobbade med väskan saknade jag markeringar och några av stegen i instruktionerna var felnumrerade. Det var inget jag inte kunde jobba runt efter att ha tänkt ”va?” först. Väskan syddes lätt ihop. Jag tänker leta efter någon sorts plast att lägga i botten av väskan för att behålla formen, väskan är rätt sladdrig och om den inte är helt fylld kan jag tänka mig att den hänger (på bilderna är den fylld med ett dubbelöverkast och en huvudkudde. Samt Stephen Frys senaste biografi, More Fool Me, som är högt på min att läsa-lista. Jag har bara fastnat i Panem innan jag började). Så, någon sorts plast får det bli. Lladybird gjorde en extern bit, jag funderar på att sätta den mellan väskan och fodret, jag måste bara komma på ett sätt så att den inte skaver tyget. Och faktiskt hitta en plastbit.

I love, love, love the glasses!
I love, love, love the glasses!

All in all I love this bag and I had fun making it, using techniques I normally don’t use. There’s just one problem left. I don’t have anywhere to go right now.

Jag älskar väskan och jag hade kul med att testa tekniker jag vanligtvis inte använder. Det enda problemet jag har just nu är att jag har ingenstans att resa.

 

Pattern: Portside bag by Grainline Studios
Fabric: Denim; Home décor cotton; Quiliting cotton
Notions: Swivel Hooks, d-rings, zipper, webbing

 

Mönster: Portside-väska från Grainline
Tyg: Denim; hemtextil i bomull; kvilttyg i bomull
Sybehör: Karbinhakar, d-ringar, blixtlås, nylonband.

Cross Stitch Birth Record No. 2

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This is a project I’m very happy to blog about, because it means it’s done! It’s been nine months in the making and it felt great to put in the final stitches in the C in and be done with Erika’s birth record. Now I just need to find a frame and hang it over her bed, just like Gustav’s birth record hangs over his.

Full image
Full image

I bought this way back in 2013, at the same time I bought Gustav’s. Since Erika was only a few months old at the time it was hard to choose, Gustav chose his own. And apparently I thought it would be a quick project since I bought them both at the same time, I didn’t realise that they’d spread over months. Some of the products were focused on the baby aspect, I wanted something that would work better for children, after all being a baby is only a small part of childhood. Also I didn’t want anything overly girly and pink, which in hindsight was good since Erika is neither overly girly or fond of pink (well, it might just be a self-fulfilling prophecy on my part, but darn it if she’s not one cool two-year-old instead of pink and girly). This animal motif fit the bill of what I wanted.

I really like this butterfly
I really like this butterfly

It was started in January and I worked on it two-three nights a week up until June when Indie Pattern Month occurred and I got lost in the world of sewing again. In October I made a conscious decision to focus on finishing the birth record because there wasn’t a lot left and I wanted to get it done.

The pattern in Backyard by Happi. To be honest, working on a cross stitch design is like painting by numbers, you just fill in the blanks with what’s been prearranged. I wasn’t really pleased with the outlines for the backstitching, though. The lines had been added as they should look, but with no regard for where the holes in the weave were. I don’t want to have too long backstitches, but some of them covered too much length. In the previous birth record, also by Happi, the backstitches were aligned according to the holes. It bothered me because since this is embroidery 101, I want to be told how I’m supposed to sew, not having to guess how I should angle my backstitches for the best result. I have done some minor freehand embroidery before (OK, once in grade school) and that’s another challenge, when I buy a cross stitch kit I expect it to come together effortlessly in terms of instructions.

Owil in a floral tree
Owil in a floral tree

I know that I’ve miscounted here and there and not all French knots are perfect. However, I also know that this is a project filled with labour of love and that my daughter loves it and does not care about the minor flaws. That makes this project a complete and utter success!

The deer and the "cat" (no, they don't know what a racoon is
The deer and the “cat” (no, they don’t know what a racoon is

 

Jag är väldigt glad över att blogga detta projekt eftersom det innebar att jag är klar! Det har tagit mig nio månader och det var riktigt skönt att sy dit de sista stygnen i C:et och bli klar med Erikas födelsetavla. Nu saknas bara en ram, så ska den hängas upp över hennes säng på samma sätt som Gustavs tavla hänger över hans.

Jag köpte båda kitten 2013 i tron att jag skulle göra båda då när Erika ammade oregelbundet och jag satt i TV-soffan hela kvällarna. Jag underskattade hur lång tid det tar att brodera. Rejält. Gustav var då 3 år och valde sitt motiv själv, men Erika var bara några månader så det var svårt att veta vad som passade henne. Jag ville inte ha ett bebis-motiv, hon kommer ju att vara barn längre än bebis, och jag ville inte heller ha något för flickigt och rosa. Med facit i hand var detta ett bra bal eftersom Erika varken är ”flickig” eller överdrivet förtjust i rosa (detta kan mycket väl vara en självuppfyllande profetia för mig, men nog är hon en riktigt häftig två-åring snarare än att vara rosa och flickig). Djurmotivet passade vad jag sökte.

Projektet påbörjades i januari och sen sydde jag två, tre kvällar i veckan fram till juni när jag istället drogs in i Indie Pattern Month och började sy igen. I oktober tog jag mig i kragen och bestämde att sy färdigt tavla eftersom det inte var så mycket kvar och jag ville bli klar.

Mönstret är Backyard av Happi. Att sy korsstygn är lite som i pysselböcker, att fylla i efter färg med vad som sägs. Jag var inte helt nöjd med ritningarna för efterstygnen. Linjerna var ditritade som det borde var, men utan hänsyn till hålen i väven. Jag vill inte ha alltför lång efterstygn, men några av dem blev riktigt långa om jag skulle följa ritningen. I den förra tavlan, också den av Happi, följde efterstygnen hålen. Det störde mig eftersom korsstygn på detta sätt är den lättaste formen av broderi, jag vill veta hur jag ska sy utan att behöva tänka på hur jag ska vinkla stygnen för att få ett bra resultat. Tidigare har jag gjort frihandsbroderi (OK, en gång i högstadiet) och det är en annan utmaning, men när jag köper ett korsstygnskit förväntar jag mig att jag kan sy det utan bekymmer.

Jag vet att jag har räknat fel här och där och att inte alla franska knutar är perfekta. Emellertid vet jag också att detta är ett projekt fyllt med kärlek och att min dotter älskar det och bryr sig inte det minsta om småfelen. Det gör detta projekt till en rungande succé!

Wonky Droid Covers

 

I wanted an instant gratification project today and while the outcome is not perfect it’s good enough – for now anyway. I wanted covers for my phone and tablet so I found some fake leather in my stash and got to sewing. Wonky Droid CoversI started with a phone case which are just two rectangles sewn together and hemmed at the top. Since I have never sewn in leather (real or faux) I didn’t know how it behaved and the case is not completely perfect. Like I said, for now, I don’t mind.

Wonky Droid Covers (1)Moving on to the tablet cover, I folded it over so the bottom is not sewn, just the sides. Also for this I wanted a closure so I made a triangle piece to fold over.

Wonky Droid Covers (2)I added a button, I thought the red went well with the leather, but I, for some reason, only put a button hole in the bottom closure, so it’s hard to close and the button is not seen when the case is closed. Yeah, I’m not very smart sometimes.

Wonky Droid Covers (3)The back of the leather is fleece so my phone and tablet are nice and comfortable while in the cases. (The seam allowances of the clousre were trimmed after this photo was taken).

So, my cases may be a bit wonky, but they do the job. And they are Droid covers, in this household we are Droiders (my phone is Samung, the tablet is ASUS).

Project summary:

Pattern: Self-drafted (traced the gadget and added a bit for seam allowance)
Difficulty: Easy when choosing an easy fabric.

Fabric: Faux leather
Notions: Button,  thread
Estimated price: Fabric 15 SEK (€1.75), button and thread 5 SEK (€0.58). Total: 20 SEK (€2.34)

Project rating:
I really like

Me-made Shoes

I was packing my hospital bag yesterday. Yep, one week before due date I figured it was about time to do that. I reviewed several lists on the internet and the one given to me by my midwife to see what I needed. All the lists I found pointed out the need of comfortable indoor shoes, so I went to my trusty custom-made ones, only to realise that they could be featured in a post here, since they are me-made.

Me-Made ShoesWhen I was in high school I did a two week internship at the department of prosthetics and orthotics (which did not lead me down that career path, but I digress). As a task to try out the work I, with help and proper guiding, made these shoes. They are custom-made for my feet and some 11 years later still fit like a glove.

Funny thing is, before I made these shoes I was complaining about the fact that my feet differ in one size from one another (my left foot is one size bigger than my right) and when I made the casts for the shoes the engineer helping even commented on my different sized feet.

Anyway, I can’t believe I haven’t thought of this before, that I actually have some me-made shoes. Indoor shoes, but still.

Polka Dot Diaper Bag

I finally finished my Polka Dot Diaper Bag. But I haven’t really decided if I like it. The size is good and I’m pretty pleased with my colour choices (considering the accents were from scraps I had at home), but it feels a bit bulky. I guess I’ll have to use it and see if it fulfills my needs.

Skötväska, framThe main fabric (green with polka dots) is a sturdy cotton. The accent in the front of the bag is a dark green courdoroy. Many fabrics were in the running of accent fabric, but they did not good. Luckily I found this courdoroy in my stash and the piece I had left was just enough for what I needed. There is a pocket in the front, a seam runs down the middle and the right part (of the picture) is also divided so there are three pockets in the front.

Skötväska, bakThe back, although a bit hard to see, has two pockets.

Skötväska, stängningThe bag closes with a big snap (for all my haberdashery needs). The pattern called for a magnetic clousure, since I had no such thing I went with what I had.

Skötväska, inutiThe inside is fully lined, in this picture you can also see the bulkiness of the bag which is my main concern, it’s plenty of layers. I added a simple pocket on the inside as well, About 2/3 of it closes with a button, on the right is a cell phone slot.

Project summary:

Pattern: Detour Diaper Bag from Makebabystuff.com
Alterations: Just simple modifactions such as adding the inside pocket, closing with a snap and so on. The pattern is easy to customise.
Difficulty: Easy. The most difficult part is the curved seams in the bottom and the fact that these curved seams are sewn through several layers.

Fabric: Sturdy cotton (main), corduroy (accent), cotton sateen (lining)
Notions: Button, interfacing, snap, thread.

Estimated price: Fabric 108 SEK (€12.97), notions 15 SEK (€1.80). Total 122 SEK (€14.65)

Project Rating: A simple project which was just what I needed. Since the bag was finished today it hasn’t been used and properly evaluated. It’s a pretty good bag pattern actually, it’s just that my fabric combination wasn’t the best.

The last gifts

Before Christmas I finished my last homemade gifts. Then I was struck down by the flu and derailed in blogging. I was lucky that I was able to finish my last gifts.

The “big” gift for the kiddo from us was a kitchen. So, it only made sense that he would get an apron too, he loves helping us out when we cook or do the dishes. I used the same fabric as I did for his cousins last year, but only the animal print, there was not enough giraffe print fabric left. I used this tutorial, with the suggested changes.

In stead of tying the bands around the neck, I added a snap for closure. I topstiched all around the edge to get some more stability. Before Christmas the kiddo liked it, now he has otitis, so he hasn’t really payed much attention to his Christmas gift. But they can wait while he heals.

My final gift was yet another grocery bag. Charlie, again. This one is in a cotton jacquard, courtesy of the scrap bin. It was for my aunt and uncle, who really liked it, especially the pouch feature.

Groovy Grocery Shopping

Last year I made some of my Christmas presents (purses, children’s aprons). This year I haven’t felt the same inspiration, however after reading the Crafty Christmas Club it came sneaking up on me. So, yesterday I finished my first me-made Christmas gift.

This is how I will present the gift as it shows off the feature off putting the bag into its own pouch. It also shows the error I made in that the pouch is inside out. Ah well, it fulfills its purpose.

As you may have guessed my gift is the popular Charlie bag from Burdastyle. I had this leftover fabric and used it to make a bag. I had hoped it would be enough for two bags, but I only managed to squeeze in one. This will be a gift for either my grandparents or my aunt and uncle. I will go to the fabric store tomorrow and see if I can find some more cheap fabric in the scrap bin and make some more. The bag was so quick to sew up and easy that they’ll be the perfect gifts!

Project summary:
Pattern
: Burdastyle Downloadable #017, Charlie.
Difficulty:Novice, BS’ rating – I agree somewhat. The sewing itself was easy, but the instructions were a bit hard to understand. I don’t think I’ve sewn the handles correctly, so I hope they’ll hold up anyway.
Alterations: None

Fabric: Printed cotton, a curtain fabric.
Notions: Thread
Price: Fabric 27 SEK (€2.91), thread 1 SEK (€0.11).
Total: 28 SEK (€3.02)

Project Summary: A simple project, I finished the bag in a little over an hour. The instructions left much to be desired though. I think it’ll make a great gift for some people, though.

50s Sunhat

This fabric makes me think of the 50s. I know that there’s more to 50s fashion than polka dots, but it’s still there. I bought the material last spring, I figured I could make myself a hat while I was pregnant, which I never did. So last week it became my quick and easy “back to sewing”-project.

My 50s sunhat (and Ellinor blouse)

I’m going to the American south in April, so I figured a sunhat could be a good thing to pack. And I like hats, so I can always have one more. The pattern is courtesey of Burda, it was a free download from their site before they merged with Burdastyle.

Serious side view

Even though I followed my size when I drew the pattern, the brim became too wide so I had to cut some of it off. It was supposed to be one piece for the brim, but my version has a seam in the back.

The pattern suggests adding a belt, I omitted this. Perhaps I’ll just make a simple band to wrap around the hat in stead.

It was a simple and quick project and I think I will make it again, it’s a great way to use those pieces of fabric that are too small for clothing but too big to toss away.

Pattern Description:
Burda WoF 2009-02-150.
The download didn’t come with one. My own: Simple sunhat, with belt.

Pattern Sizing:
Head circumference 56 and 58 cm (22 1/4″ and 23″)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yep. Except the omitted belt andback seam.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
I scanned them and then just did it. It’s a very simple project.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like hats so there you go. I also liked that it is a quick project. The negative is that you need a lot of interfacing.

Fabric and other material used:
Cotton fabric and interfacing. Thread.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
Omitted the belt.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would recommend it as a beginner project, it’s very simple. I would make it again, it’s great way to use up leftover fabric. And you can’t have too many hats, right?

Conclusion:
Simple and quick pattern! Perfect for beginners and to get through your fabric stash.

Drawstring Purse – Tutorial

Pattern Pieces:
Main bag: One piece 40 cm x 60 cm
Handles: Two pieces, both 4 cm x 58 cm

Cut out pattern pieces. I drew the pattern pieces since I was making two purses, but you can cut straight onto the fabric if you wish.

Cutting the pattern pieces

Fold the main piece lengthwise (as to get it 30 cm by 40 cm) and mark the center bottom (this can be done with ironing).

Marking the drawstring casing

Mark the drawstring casing at both sides. It should be 6 and 8 cm from the top. For the first purse I sewed the side seam first and then handstiched the drawstring “hem”, for the second one I stitched (by machine) the drawstring hem and then the side seam. They were both a bit tricky, so I can’t really favour one method over the other.

Leaving space for the drawstring

Sew the sides together, leaving a hole for the drawstring. I have made holes on both side seams, I suppose you can only do it for one side if you please.

The side seam folded towards the bottom

Fold the side seams towards your marked center bottom. You’ll get a corner. Sew a straight line 5 cm from the corner edge (where my marker is) and cut off the corner. It will be like below from in- and outside.

The corner sewn and cut – outside

Moving on to the handle pieces. I guess there are two ways of doing them. Either you can sew then as a tube and turn them inside out (I couldn’t do this due to the nature of my chosen fabrics). I folded each side to the center and then folded along the center, which gave me a four times folded handle.

Pinning the handles

After folding I stiched along the edge and the handle pieces came together. I was quite pleased with the stiffness of the handles that this solution brought.

Finished handle

Time to assemble the bag! Fold the upper (still raw) edge down so it covers your drawstring hole.

Hemming the top

The drawstring hole is marked by the horisontal needles; one seam will go below the hole, one above. Before sewing, the handles should be attached.

Putting the handles in place

I put the handles, quite arbitrarily, 8.5 cm from the side seam. Pin it so that it is covered by both seam, both the seam above and below the hole. Sew the two seams.

Finished!

Your purse is now finished (in terms of sewing)! Pull ribbon or cording of your choice through the drawstring for closure. If you wish the purse can be embellished with other details such as a bow, a flower or something of your choice. Here I have pull ribbon through, but it won’t be red in the final version.

Happy sewing and feel free to ask me questions!