Annabelle Purse and Sew Mama! Sew! Bag Month

Annabelle Purse Finished

I’ve made many purse patterns and I’m usually disappointed in the results: the pattern looks great, but once I make it I find it’s not really as functional as a purse I could buy. No more.

Meet Annabelle. I spied her at the Quilt Beginnings shop in Columbus, OH, and I fell in love. I had to have her. She’s the creation of Renay Martin of Purse Strings Patterns. She’s easy to get to know, beautiful, and really functional. What a cutie.

Here are a few photos to show you the process and how gorgeous she turns out:

Annabelle Step 1

You start by adding strips to fusible fleece (I didn’t have any so I just used batting). I used Kaffe Fassett and Amy Butler fabrics:

Renay suggests using decorative stitches to add interest, so I did a couple of samplers on scraps to see what I liked.

Annabelle Step 2

I ended up doing machine quilting instead. I thought the decorative stitches overpowered the fabric, while the machine quilting gave the bag texture without detracting from the fabrics.

Annabelle Step 3

Here’s what it looks like on the inside, before the lining:

Annabelle Step 4

The lining is Merrimeko fabric from Pottery Barn, and is more like canvas than most 100% cotton fabrics:

Annabelle Step 5

Here she is all finished, with a vintage button and some beads:

Annabelle Purse Finished

I’ll definitely be making a fall and winter version of Annabelle. I’ve been using the purse for a month and it’s held up well. I love it!

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