The weather seems to have calmed down a bit (for now) and I've had a bit of a creative weekend, which reminded me I haven't done a 'Make Of The Month' post for a while so I thought I'd show off my first ever attempt at a fabric purse!
I had a purse clasp as a free gift with Crafty Magazine last year and was determined to make something with it. I missed the bit in the magazine about downloading a template, so this make is a combination of Crafty's instructions, and a template/info sourced from my Nan (who also helped source the material from my Aunt).
As it was was my very first go I expected to go wrong, and I did, sewing the lining in wrong - basically the wrong side of the lining sewn on to the wrong side of the purse - I could've fixed it but by then it would have mean't unpicking things again - so I cut the lining off in a fit of rage.
Sticking the remaining fabric into the purse clasp has got to be the most tricky time consuming task I have ever done - it took me ages to wiggle about the fabric and as one side was in the other side fell out, but patience paid off and I found a technique that works. I was a bit nervous as it was drying worried it wouldn't hold, but I have a finished purse, that looks great from the outside, is so far holding, and although not lined looks much neater than expected inside.
|The Finished Result - copyright Lauren John|
I thought after the frustration it might've put me off, but I would try and make another purse or 2, just this time I think I'd use a clasp with hole in so I could sew rather than stick the fabric to it. If you want to try something different, I would reccommend a project like this, just make sure you have good instructions and patience. Sometimes a good craft project is one you learn from though.