I had an idea to make an apron for a friend. A 50’s, retro-inspired, domestic-diva-type creation. Then I said to myself…. “she won’t wear it…” … so I thought, I’ll make it into a handbag.
(Original handbag idea is on the blue scrap of paper – I keep lots of recycled paper around for these things.)
Then I thought…. “who’s going to carry around a bag like that?”…. so decided to make a little clutch-purse. Great idea! You can see some of my drawings and then I cut one out of paper to use as a template.
Next step – dig out the inspiration fabric – you can see here, I found a sleeve – from some vintage fabric I had -
(Oh no! Don’t use the vintage fabric on a prototype! … Too late…)
Cut out the pattern pieces out of stiff interfacing (I wanted the shape to hold up) and ironed it onto the wrong side of the fabric:
Cut out about 1/4” around the pieces and pinned it to lining fabric (remnants from curtain lining) to use as a cutting template:
Next few steps, I forgot to take pictures …. I made a little embellishment for the front of the pouch and sewed that on. Then I basted black piping to one side of the outer fabric before sewing front and back together. I also sewed the lining fabric together and realized that the 4” zipper I had for this wasn’t going to fit. So, I added snaps to the lining then slipped it inside the pouch. Once that was done, I used some bias binding to cover up the raw edges at the top and create a carry-strap. Done!
As you can see, it needs a little work – stitching on the embellishment on the front went a little wonky and I’d like to make one wider at the top to insert a zipper.
I think this method – of a stiff interfacing - would lend itself to making little purses with definite shapes. I’m thinking of a cupcake, a house and another apron. I have a bunch of white and tan 4” zippers, so that’s what I’m going to work with – searching in my fabric stash for some coordinating fabrics.
What shape would you make?