|A little bit of this and a little bit of that...|
I have Santana featuring Michelle Branch's song Game of Love in my head when I was typing this. I love that song!
I had made this purse for my friend that I went to The Melting Pot for in one of my previous posts. Her favorite color is purple, when I thought it was blue. So, I had to dig around for the purple tulle you see above. I also had bought a box-o-ties from an estate sale a while back, not sure what I was going to use them for, but when they are only $1, you gotta go for it! So, I will use one of them for this purse.
First, I cut out a rectangle section of sweater, utilizing the side seam.
I have scaled down my sweater purse size from what I did over Christmas, because I thought it would be easier to handle, but it takes just as much time. But, scaling it down has allowed me to make more than one purse from a sweater.
Next, I sewed the side seam and the bottom seam.
|Upside Down Purse!|
I actually flipped the material upside-down so the ribbing that is normally at the bottom of the sweater will be the top of the purse. I then cut out a section of purple lining to match my purple tulle. Those purple items were remnants from a dress I made to attend the Sex and the City II movie with my Ladies. It was a fun night and I wore the dress at least one additional time since, so it was worth it.
|Drinking Cosmos before we left the hotel room!!|
Anyway, back to the purse. Always save remnants, you never know when you will need them. Here is the cut section of the lining:
|They should make a no-fray lining-I'd buy it!|
I folded it and inserted it into the sweater purse to get a good fit. I pinned it and then sewed the lining like I did the purse. I put that aside and tried to come up with some creative idea to do with the tulle. I already made a rosette for the last one, so not that. I knew that the tulle would not make a good handle...so I was stumped. I finally decided to bunch it up going around the circumference of the purse. I then realized that I would need to unstitch a little of one of the side seams so that I could tuck it in to secure it good.
I pinned the tulle to the inside of the purse at the seam I unstitched, then periodically scrunched the tulle together with purple thread and anchored to the purse. I did the same on the other side. Then turned it inside-out and sewed up the side seam again.
|I pinned before I scrunched.|
Once I was happy with that I took the lining and folded down the top until it lined up with the purse. I then iron the lining at that fold, wrong sides together.
|Fold and Press.|
Then I inserted the lining in the purse and pinned it in place. Now comes the tie. I ironed the tie a million times and used startch, but could not get all of the wrinkles out. I measured a decent length of the tie for a handle/shoulder strap so that it would fit right under the armpit when worn on the shoulder. I then measured a "closure", using the tie bottom/front (where the V is in the tie) so that would be the closure front. I pinned those to the purse between the purse and the lining.
|Tie ends-strap and closure.|
I then sewed the lining to the purse with a zig-zag stitch along the top edge ensuring that I sewed through the tie handle and closure end. Since the edge was finished already, no more needed to be done.
|Finally coming together.|
Once I sewed the lining in, the purse was complete!
With each purse I do, I like them even more! See how I scrunched the tulle at the right places so the tie closure could be threaded though? Nice, touch, if I do say so myself!
|From the top|
While I was on a break, thinking of what to do, my cat Julie decided to warm up the purse before I got started.
|Roo-girl! I can't walk away for a minute!|
How can you be mad at a fuzzy face like that! So, Sheri, if you find some white cat hairs on the sweater, this is why! I figured she would not mind too much, she has a cat of her own (fellow cat-owners know you can never get away from cat hair)!
I do have more Sweater Purses in my queue to blog about, so stay tuned!