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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Polly's Birthday Purse

One of my grand nieces turned two in January. I decided to make a little quilted purse for her. I started with the ladybug fabric and then found some 'swirly' red and white fabric at Fabricland that was a good match.

I had a purse pattern for a larger version, using 6 'wedges' of 
fabric, but I tweaked it to make this mini purse with 5 pieces!! 
The red button is 'decorative' ... Velcro was used to hold the purse closed.

I started by cutting 3 wedges from each of the two fabrics so that I 
could play around with the placement of the colours. Here's the first 
combination using two ladybug panels and three of the swirly fabrics.

I finally decided on this arrangement, since I wanted the ladybugs 
to stand out and the darker fabric was planned for the handles.

I used more of the red/white swirls for the back of the purse. 
(the inside was lined with ladybugs)

I used a thin layer of quilt batting and used the  'stitch in the ditch' method between the wedges to hold the layers together. I also stitched in the center 
of each wedge, using white thread on the ladybugs and red thread on the 
swirls. The extra stitching holds everything together very neatly.

On the back of the purse I used the same 
stitching design to hold the layers together.

Polly's Birthday Purse

Polly has been busy 'shopping' with her purse and this little fabric pouch that I made as part of her gift at Christmas. (Details about the pouch here.) 


Christmas Fabric Pouch

 It's so nice to hear when the little ones love something that I make for them.

I am linking this to Sew Darn Crafty Party Week 100 at Sew Many Ways. 

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.


Leigh said...

Fabulous job, Karen!

Lorraine said...

Oh my lord, this is so cute! I can see why she "hearts" them!