It took me most of the afternoon to ponder out what I wanted to do with this purse, many stops, starts, stitch ripping, unpinning, even walking away for a while because it just wasn’t happening, but eventually I fell onto a plan to make it a reversible purse this time, so that changed how it would be constructed and with a different type of handle from the previous versions. These were bought, not created from a spool of ribbon. Yes, that’s kitchy and cutesy, but I wanted something a bit more traditional, slightly more modern for this one. So, after a fun trek over to the newly relocated and expanded Hancock’s, an embarrassing moment at the check out counter when I realized I’d left my debit card at home, I was on my way home with two sets of handles that were heavy duty, sturdy, leather like without being actual leather, but rather a very heavy thick kind of twill or something. No idea really what they are, but I liked them and wanted to try them out to see how they’d look on a purse. I coupled a yellow & white bandana with a green, black, & white bandana, lined it with heavy-duty interfacing, made a flat bottom on it, looped the corners over the metal D rings of the handles, and voila, a purse. A voila that took about 6.5 hours, but once the construction method was hit on at last, it went a little faster after that. I gathered the long sides with a drawstring of satin ribbon in a casing. The short ends are gathered with elastic within a casing. It costs a bit more to make, but I like how it looks for a first time effort with this design. There will be others, and I’d like to make one in a sling style out of some variegated raspberry, black & white bandanas I have here. I see it in my head, but translating that mental image to an actual product is something altogether different. I need inspiration. Maybe it’s time to tottle through the pages of Pinterest.
Here’s today’s project to keep it alive until the right pattern comes along for the raspberry bandanas project.