their version of the purse
upon seeing this purse i knew i had to make it because it was exactly what i was looking for. so i went through my fabric stashes to see what fabrics i had enough of to use for the purse. in the end, the only things i spent money on for this purse were the webbing straps and the magnetic snap closure. my kind of project!
for my version of the purse, i used denim on one side and a fun printed cotton on the other. the denim piece i used was the bottom leg portion of a pair of jeans i cut up a while ago to make a denim skirt. i cut it open on one side and laid the pattern piece on top and cut.
i had also been wanting to try my hand at embroidery for a while now, so i decided to embroider the denim side. as far as the embroidery design, i knew i wanted to do something simple and fun that went with the other side of the purse. so i chose to do some flowers, swirls, and polka dots. i used lime green, teal, yellow, and white embroidery floss. to make the two big flowers i simply traced a flower sticker i have. everything else was freehanded. also, i meant to embroider the piece before i ironed the interfacing onto the back of it so that it would be a little more flimsy while trying to hold it, but i forgot. i was still able to embroider it with the interfacing on the back, though. i also serged around the edges of the denim to prevent fraying as i was handling it.
this is what the denim piece looked like once i finished the embroidery. i did a simple running stitch because i liked the look of it the most, and also because this was my first time embroidering anything.
once i had the embroidery done it was construction time! i added teal piping around the top band but didn't ad it around the body of the purse since my version has two different sides. i figured the body of the bag was already interesting enough. for my straps i simply went to Hancock Fabrics and bought enough webbing off the roll to make two straps. one thing i do wish i had done differently was put the straps in a little further form the sides of the purse.
this was my first time inserting a magnetic snap, but it is DEFINITELY not my last. i didn't realize how easy they were to install! my next project i'm going to use one on is for a wallet i keep saying i'm going to make to go with my new purse (keywords "going to", but i AM the queen of procrastination).
once that was done it was time to attach the lining and outside together and flip it. after i flipped it and closed the opening i topstitched around the top of the purse.
and ta-da! the finished product. i absolutely love my new purse and switched everything over to this one as soon as i was finished with it. now i just need to get around to making the wallet i want.