As I work towards designing some of my own purses and pouches, I wanted to make some from existing patterns, just to get a feel for different styles and techniques. Here are three that I made recently…
The print one is a drawstring pouch pattern that I used a few times last year. I currently have one in my purse that I use frequently for loose change. The pink one is a cell phone pouch and the red one is a clutch pattern. I love them all, but the clutch pattern was really interesting because even though it was very easy, the end result looks more complicated and the texture is pretty cool.
I also attempted a lining for the first time on the clutch, given that I have a little more confidence in my sewing skills since making the skirt a few weeks ago. It came out fairly well, and I definitely appreciated the tips and techniques in futuregirl’s tutorial. It is a little hard to see in the photo because the fabric color is very close to the yarn color.
I did learn the lesson of, “measure twice, cut once”, though. I measured once, cut and sewed the lining piece, only to find it was too small the first time, so I had to do it again. I also added a magnetic snap to the clutch, which works out okay, although it pulls on the stitches a bit. I have found some techniques online to prevent it from happening on future projects.
I hope to have one other purse finished soon, and then I think I will attempt to design an “inspired by The Sak” purse. 🙂