Out and About Purse

Sorry it’s been a while since I blogged, but happily that means I have been spending spare time sewing a few things that I can blog in the future.

I have made up another pattern from Studio Mio that I bought at the Stitches and Craft show in April. I bought the mini shoulder pouch and the “Out and About Purse” which I loved even though it is probably impractical as I doubt I would fit my glasses in it once my phone is inside. Never to be put off by impracticalities, I made this cute purse up anyway.1 PurseKit

I followed the instructions which were quite easy as I have made purses before. With only 2 pieces, the outside and the lining, it is quick to make too.  The fabric I used came with the kit.3 fabric

After fusing some thin wadding to the main fabric, sewing the side seams then the bottom corners, it’s nearly done.

I then sewed the lining to the main fabric. As instructed I sewed some twine around the top of the purse to help it stay in the purse frame but in later steps found that the twine was too thick and I couldn’t get the fabric into the frame. So I unpicked it and inserted a slightly thinner braid (but forgot to take photos of it).

Once it was turned through to the right side and pressed I was able to get the fabric into the frame, so I got out the glue and carefully glued the purse body to the frame.  Once it was dry I added the strap to the frame and all done!  Love it! Might have to go places where I don’t need to see anything too closely though, so I can leave my specs at home!

Until next time, Lyn

Mini shoulder pouch

I love making bags and have made a few over the years. My recent purchases at the Stitches and Craft show in April included a pattern for this mini shoulder pouch.

Unfortunately I am not yet used to taking photos of each step to use on the blog, but I thought I would share these photos of the finished product.

This is the pattern from Studio Mio.

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It was very easy to follow and I had purchased the closure and strap as well.  There are 2 pockets on each side of the bag, so it will be perfect for when I just need to carry my phone and a few dollars with me.

Here are some finished shots.  The fabric was purchased last year from Kimono house in Melbourne. I wasn’t sure which way was up for the text so I think it’s going sideways, but I only had a small piece of this fabric left from other projects. I loved the way the corners were done, I’ve never tried this method before but it was easy by just following the instructions.

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I hand stitched on the closure, and because the strap was too long I simply knotted it to make it shorter.

Here it is with my new coat!

Until next time, Lyn

Australia Bag/Tote

I recently had friends here in Australia visiting from Italy.  Whilst they weren’t staying with me, they did bring me gifts and I started thinking……. What do I give them in return?  Something from Australia, of course, but what?

I decided to make something and started searching for Aboriginal print fabrics.  I found some and made a sample shopping bag/tote.

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However, on another fabric shopping trip, I found the perfect print.  Using the same pattern, I made another two and am very pleased with the results.

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I hope they give them fond memories of their time in Australia when used.

Till next time……Cora