Tuesday, April 7, 2015
My New Quilted Purse
In January my friend Vicki made a darling bag from the Dainty Tote Bag Tutorial at Three Owls Handmade. I really wanted to make one, and I have finally done it! I absolutely love my new purse.
Except for the lining and the handles, it is entirely made from scraps. When I made this twister quilt for my Sister-in-law, I cut out four ten inch squares from a ten inch strip.
I had a lot of scraps ten inches long by 2-3 inches wide. I decided to cut them down to 10 x 2 inches and use them for the dainty tote bag in a checkerboard layout. (The tutorial uses 2.5 inch squares).
Tip: If you like strip piecing, but still want a random checkerboard layout, you can sew your background fabric (black) to your print fabric (red) then cut it down to size (2 inches). This saves you from cutting and sewing lots of 2 inch squares.
Then you can lay them out randomly.
Because my squares finish at 1.5 inches instead of 2 inches, my bag is a bit different in size from the tutorial. However, I was still able to use her template for the side piece. I just cut it a half inch shorter.
After piecing and cutting the outside panel, I trimmed off one row on each side so that the handles (wider than hers) would blend in with the checkerboard.
I also quilted the lining just a little bit to keep it from shifting. Plus, I added a couple pockets.
I absolutely love my new purse! (But I think I already said that.) ;D
The binding around the curved edge was my least favorite part of the project. I like sewing boxed corners better. However, I love how it looks.
Another little change I made was using a little bit longer zipper and adding a tab at the end. This makes it open a little wider.
It fits my iPad mini and everything else nicely.
One other change I made was to lengthen the handles. I like my purse to go over my shoulder.
While the handles may look a little odd being so long on such a small project, I really like it this way.
Just for fun, here it is in comparison with the queen bee bags I just made.
Nice and dainty!
P.S. I will be linking up with some of the fun parties on my sidebar. There is something fun for every day of the week!
P.P.S. Originally I was going to use some of the leftover gray pieces from the twister quilt, but decided to save them for a different project. They may become a quilted pouch sometime soon.