Monday, March 21, 2011

A Little Extra Fabric

I’m loving the purse I made last week. The fabric is bright and sunny, and the purse has plenty of room for whatever we need when we go to the park or the library. I  love the pockets for my sunglasses and phone, too.

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For those who are wondering, the pattern can be found here.


Such an easy bag to make! I made my straps and the binding around the top the bag out of the same color of fabric I used for the liner, and the pockets from the same fabric I used for the outside of the bag. It worked out very nicely, I think.

I did end up with some extra fabric, though.

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My largest scrap piece was the entire width of the fabric by about 6 1/2 inches. I just had to do something with it! A wallet for my new purse seemed right.

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I experimented with lots of folds, until I got it just right.

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I cut a piece of batting to line what would be the outside of the wallet.

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I marked and cut a holes for the magnetic snap.

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I stitched about 1/4 of an inch from the edges on both sides.

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Making your own binding is easy. Just fold the fabric in half and iron, then open it up and meet the two sides along the middle line and iron again.





The tricky part is getting the corners just right before you stitch the binding down.

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Almost done, now.

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After I stitched the binding, it just seemed to be missing something. I grabbed another scrap and did a quick gather to make it ruffle and then stitched it onto the front of the wallet. That’s a little better.

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And the finished wallet…

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Well, it holds my money and the many cards I have to carry around with me. It isn’t perfect, but it was fun to make from my scraps.

Sewing without a pattern… What a wild and crazy life I lead! ;)

Try it. It’s fun!


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  1. Love it! I've been sewing a *lot* lately, trying to fulfill that creative need before the chicks arrive next week, and the garden starts up... I made a lovely dress from (regency drawstring dress) after making the appropriate "underpinnings." Appropriate they may be, but adequate they are not, so now I'm (also without a pattern!) making some 'long stays'. We'll see if THEY can do the job. :D

  2. What a great purse - and fantastic use of scraps! I do a lot of figure it out as I go along sewing too!

    I would love if you came over and linked this project to my weekly Round Tuit party at:
    Have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  3. Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit! and for grabbing the button too!! :)
    Hope you have a great weekend!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  4. I love this! It's lovely, the fabric is gorgeous and the ruffle is to cute!


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