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:
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.
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.
Here’s what it looks like on the inside, before the lining:
The lining is Merrimeko fabric from Pottery Barn, and is more like canvas than most 100% cotton fabrics:
Here she is all finished, with a vintage button and some beads:
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!
Sew! Mama Sew! is featuring lots of great bags, both originals and from patterns, on her blog. Check them out by visiting her blog.