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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Quilted Frolic Purse

For months I've been telling myself that it is time for a new purse. My cinch sack that I've been using for almost two years was looking very tired. It had served me very well and I loved using it, but it was time to do the honorable thing and let it go. Remember the one I am talking about? THIS one that I made for when my daughter and I went to New York City back in May of 2010. It was so perfect for a trip like that and for all the many months between then and now.

I thought about designing one for myself. I've designed many bags and purses for other people, but I just wasn't getting inspired. Until last week when I took a trip to my favorite quilt shop, Cobblestone Quilts in Townsend, MA, and flipped through the latest issue of Quilts and More magazine. I was going to buy it anyway because I fell in love with Kate Spain's quilt that was on the cover, but as I was flipping through it, I found a pattern for what would become my new purse.

Wanna see it?

Quilted Frolic PurseSo springy, don't you think? I made it using leftover yardage from THIS baby quilt and some leftover scraps from one of the aprons I just showed the other day HERE. All the fabric is from the same line, Frolic by Sandy Gervais and I just love the colors.

Quilted Frolic PurseI follow Kate Spain's blog, The Drawing Board, and she talked about this magazine and her quilt on the cover of it a few weeks ago. I had been on the hunt for the magazine ever since! Little did I know that I would find the perfect pattern for my new purse in there too!

Quilted Frolic PurseI also love to use up scraps of fabric to make something useful, so this Scrap Lab feature in the magazine was perfect for me.

Quilted Frolic PurseI hardly ever follow a pattern exactly, even my own patterns! This one was no different. I added pockets on the inside and a strap with swivel hook for my keys, both very important features for keeping all my stuff organized.

Quilted Frolic PurseAnd I added an adjustable handle so that I could use it short and just sling it over my arm or shoulder, or I could use it long and put it over my head and have it cross over to the opposite side.

Quilted Frolic PurseI even added little gathered cuffs that slide over the handles to hide where the adjustable straps come together.

The only other change I made to the pattern was to make it a bit shorter from top to bottom than what was called for. I am quite short myself and I didn't really want my purse to be quite as tall, so I trimmed down the top of the bag, the flap and the lining by about 2 inches before putting them together and finishing the purse.

Now I'm ready for spring!

Happy Stitching!

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  • Lovely bag - perfect spring colors! I looked for that magazine the other day but could not find it - maybe I will spot it this week.

    By Blogger annemarie, At March 15, 2012 at 9:12 PM  

  • So very springy and pretty! It's just the thing for the rainy spring days! I recognize some of those fabrics from the baby quilt. But a bit of advice, watch your cropping. Look at the photo you took of the magazine! :) Pretty funny.

    By Blogger Cynthia Gilbreth, At March 15, 2012 at 10:50 PM  

  • I think I have that polka dot fabric in my stash. Darling purse in lovely, spring colors. Thanks for sharing the magazine you got the pattern from. I like the quilt on the cover---might have to go pick one up!

    By Blogger Foster, At March 16, 2012 at 8:57 PM  

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