Sugar skull purse

I’m slowly but surely working my way through the bags I like in Pattydoo’s Taschenlieblinge Selber Nähen book of bags.

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One of the patterns on offer, which I found immediately attractive, is the purse.

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It’s a whopper of a purse, with lots of room for credit and other cards, coins, pictures, notes, and whatever one wishes to carry around. The one thing I worried about is that I don’t like the huge, massive purses that are the fashion at the moment. But then another friend’s birthday came up & I thought it would make a good present.

So, here’s the finished article. I love this fabric. It is so wild and crazily colourful.

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The purse is straightforward enough to sew. But one needs the right sort of interfacing, and one has to sew pretty accurately, otherwise the different pieces don’t fit together.

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One begins with the main body of the purse. Then you sew the card compartments and the inner pockets.

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And then you put it all together. This is when it things get tricky, because you’ve got a fair few layers of fabric (and interfacing) by now. Particularly sewing across the folds of the flap to attach the inner pockets can be tricky. My advice: go back to basics and hem those seams by hand before going over them again with your machine, as the inner pockets are quite likely to do a disappearing act if you attempt to fix everything together in one go.

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And here we are. All steps are explained in detail in the book, and, given that there is such a thing as copyright, I won’t explain any further.

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So what do I make of it? I love the feel of the purse, the fastener, and how roomy it is. But, as I thought, it’s just a size too big for me. If I make it for myself, I’ll probably reduce the size. Unfortunately, my lovely skulls fabric really has gone now, as I’ve already made another bag with it….

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About alycevr

Academic, translator & maker of things
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3 Responses to Sugar skull purse

  1. I love the skull print! I recently just got a sewing machine and I need a new project to try.

  2. Bobbie says:

    I LOVE your skull purse Alyce. I like large purses and on his note I made myself one, it has a zip fastening but I like you clasp fasteners. I really enjoyed making it. I would like to send you a photo but don’t know how.

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