My other sister also received a purse for Christmas this year. I made the panels for this vortex like purse by digging through my strips and using anything that was in the color spectrum. I had very little utility cloth left, so I did some reverse math to make the pattern. Once I had the size decided, I layered the utility cloth with batting and started sewing pieces down. I decided not to free motion over the panel once it was to size because I was concerned that it would distract from the piecing.
After the PDX Purse fiasco of assembling, I was much more confident in making this. It was still incredibly awkward sewing the top stitch and in some spots, you can really see where I got off track, but I’m happy to say that with each bag I make, it is getting easier and my skills are improving.
I did a mishmash of two different fabrics for the lining and a solid dark green for the pocket. The purse is only 14″ by 11″ so I didn’t install a snap or a flap for closing it. I also didn’t use duck cloth for the bottom of the bag like I did for the PDX Purse and my Tinkertote. I’m sure it will hold up well for my sister without it, and if it starts to get too worn, it just gives me an excuse to make her another one, right?!
Before my sister moved to Tennessee last August, we sisters celebrated my birthday by going to a local fabric store, dinner and then dessert. A perfect afternoon. While at the store, my sister casually pointed out a few fabrics that she really liked and dropped the hint that a few of them would make a really cute Portland themed purse. So while she was looking at different fabric, I grabbed what I could that wouldn’t draw too much suspicion. I found the cute bike fabric and the Waterfront Park bridges at Hawthorne Threads, then pulled a few things from my stash.
I didn’t use a pattern for this purse, but I did apply a lot of the lessons from the Tinker Tote Craftsy class. I pieced the whole front panel of the purse together before layering it with batting and utility cloth before I free motion quilted the design. I hadn’t found a rain fabric I liked in the color way I wanted, so I quilted a rain motif as well as clouds and sun. Even though most native Portlanders would never use an umbrella, I thought it would be super cute. Then I tried writing and some block letters for the first time. Overall, I am very happy with the result. I added some yellow duck cloth and straight line quilted the bottom for a very sturdy, durable base.
I made a cute little pocket with the paper clip fabric that I am love with. The Tinker Tote class is totally worth the price just for the zipper pocket instructions. I have used it three times now and every time I use it, I am amazed at how easy it is.
It wasn’t all easy. I got really frustrated with the straps and turning the bag. I think ripped and resewed the last seam about five times before I called it good. Even then, I realized I did the straps wrong, but I wasn’t going to rip it again. Sorry sis! Next purse I make you will have better straps, I promise!