Thursday, August 21, 2008

Bags :: Everyday Handbag for Jill


Did ya miss me? We've been away traveling the province, visiting family, celebrating birthdays.

Before we went away I was over at Jill's and I spotted this pile of fabric sitting there with a purse pattern. So, what's a girl to do? I kidnapped it, brought it home and made this purse (for Jill)! I hope she likes it. She should, since she picked out the fabric and the pattern. What's not to like, right?
The handbag does look pretty cute now that it's done, but I don't know if I'll use this pattern again. It was so fiddly and annoying and the instructions don't really explain the steps very well. Maybe I am just getting spoiled from using Lazy Girl Designs patterns where each step has a photo and ultra-clear instructions.

The worst part about making this Everyday Handbag was all the binding! Yuck. The entire inside of the purse has teeny tiny binding along all the edges. (Notice I am not showing you a picture of the inside? ;-) ) Oh, and the other annoying part was the strap. They want you to take a 2.5" strip of fabric, fold it in half, sew it with a 1/4" seam allowance and then turn it right side out. Ya right. Instead I took a 4.5" strip of fabric, folded it in half, ironed it, then folded the two raw edges to the inside and ironed it again... then top stitch on both edges. Much easier!!

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  1. great job Cindy. doing the strap the way the pattern suggests sounds insane!

    and welcome home :D

  2. Ohh...this is fantastic! I have only a clue of what you are talking about with the inside and the strap but I'm sure you did a fantastic job!

  3. It looks great! But skip the binding on the inside and do a nice clean zig zag, satin stitch, over cast stitch; etc. I don't care what the patterns say anymore; I make my handles the lazy girl way!!