I'm going to be completely honest with you here, I really don't know what I'm doing with a sewing machine. I have probably mentioned that a time or ten. However, I have fallen in LOVE with this reversible purse for my girls. Although I'm thinking they will use it as an overnight bag. I think it's just ADORABLE, I'm in love with the asymetrical handle! It adds just enough FUNK!
The extent of my sewing knowledge is slim. Basically it would fit in a thimble! (HA!) I usually leave the stitching to paper projects. I Love to sew on scrap book pages or tags for presents. I've got the sewing on them down pat! Part of the reason is on paper it's kinda cool to be a bit messy so that the project has that "homemade" feel to it. I'm thinking that messy sewing is all I can accomplish and it may not look so cool on an actual project! Regardless, I'm taking the girls to the fabric store to pick out 2 fabrics each. Sewing the banner for Peyton's party really got me in the sewing mood. Stay tuned to see how bad I can mess up this project! I'm sure Martha won't be pleased. Her directions are below...
EDIT: Fabric choices are at the end of the post. I decided I wanted to make one for myself too! The fabric was so hard to resist!
This simple reversible purse is a wonderful project for beginning and advanced sewers alike.
Tools and Materials
Heavy paper or cardstock
1/2 yard of patterned fabric
1/2 yard of solid fabric
Coordinating machine-sewing thread
Needle and thread for basting stitch
Reversible Purse How-To
1. Download, enlarge, and print template on heavy paper or card stock. Trace template twice on each fabric and cut out.
2. Align and pin the two solid pieces together, right sides facing. Do the same with the two patterned pieces.
3. Using 1/4-inch seam allowance, sew along the top of each handle and along the bottom curve of each pinned piece, leaving both sides of both handles open.
4. Turn the solid piece right side out, and insert the solid piece into the inside-out patterned piece. Line up seams, raw edges, and handles.
5. Pin the edges of the "neckline" of the bag and sew with a 1/4-inch seam.
6. Going through the longer handle, turn the entire bag right side out (patterned fabric on the outside). Press all seams.
7. Fold raw edges of "armholes" in 1/4 inch and press. Baste together. Topstitch 1/8 inch around bag handles to finish.
Read more at Marthastewart.com: Reversible Purse - Martha Stewart Crafts
|I couldn't resist this pretty botanical print Callie showed me, that's when I decided I needed a bag too!|
|Callie chose this HAPPY bright stripe and pink polka dots|
|Peyton picked this pretty pink, white and grey floral and the light pink polka dot as her contrast. It's funny because this pink polka dot fabric is one I used for her table runner and banner at her sweet shoppe party!|