Friday, October 5, 2012

My Purse Week Entry 2012

I had great plans to design and construct a Fab-u-lous 1950's inspired clutch bag for Purse Week 2012 but 'where? oh! where?' do the days go ? I'll keep those plans up my sleeve till next year but for now
I've decided to just bite the bullet and enter (before the competition is actually over) a lovely bag I made in August.
Here are some pictures of the bag.....

Its based on a pattern for a 'Foldable shopper' from the book 'Sew Serendipity Bags' by Kay Whitt - I made a few modifications including adjusting the size slightly, changing the lining, modifying the front pocket & adding the interior pocket and clasp.

I couldn't resist making a felt flower complete with vintage French button to finish it off! - if you want to make a flower like this you'll find the tutorial HERE

The exterior fabric was a remnant of furnishing fabric I found in Hickeys in Cork. The Exterior pocket is daisy chain print from Amy Butler and the green fabric for the handles & pocket detail came from a remnant basket also !

The interior is fully lined & includes a cute dotty lined pocket also (you can just about see it in the picture!) - the top has a band of Lovely Amy Butler Daisychain print and the main interior fabric is from IKEA. Its got a snap fastening & can hold LOADS of important stuff (as you can see!) The width of the bag is 20in, height 14in and its 7in deep. It'd be a great bag for a family day out, night away or even just a trip to the library!

So I'm off now to get to grips with flickr and upload my pics to the Purse Week Flickr Pool -
If you like bags & purses, totes & clutches then why not pop over and have a look at some of the other entries ! Good luck to everyone who enters !!

Thanks for visiting & come back soon !


Siubhan x x x 


  1. Woo-Hoo!! Your tote ROCKS!! You did a fantastic job and I'm a huge fan of big totes so I vote for you :-) The flower embellishment is great as well. Are they hard to make? I've never tried, but I may now. Well done! Cindy

    1. Hi Cindy ! Thank you so much, you always say the sweetest things ! The flower was indeed a bit tricky to make ! Its far from perfect but I decided I'd leave perfection to mother nature & do my best! x x

  2. Hi, Siubhan - that bag is the perfect choice for the challenge - it's beautiful! I love that photo where it's hanging on a fencepost :) I too had different plans in mind than what I actually submitted --- I bought a pattern 6 months ago for a bag with an appliqued corset on the front (ooooh la la!) but alas ... time got away from me, lol! Maybe for the next challenge!

    1. Hi Sandra, Thank you so much for your kind words ! The corset bag sounds fab !!! I'm really looking forward to seeing a picture when you make it ! So many little time !! :)

  3. That is AWESOME! I love it :) And I love your blog background - the ribbon is so fun! And you live in Ireland - sigh. It's on my list of places to visit someday!

  4. Ooops ! Jill thought I replied to you this morning !Thank you so, so much for your kind words & your follow ! If you do ever make it to Ireland, drop in & I'll pop on the kettle !
    S x


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