Sunday, 25 September 2011

Pretty in purple

A couple of weekends ago I had a wonderful day out with my mum at Lytes Cary. On the way we stopped off in Somerton for lunch and discovered a vintage fair where I stumbled upon some delicious Fat Quarters for only £1.45 each. Could you have left such prettiness behind at such a cheap price? I couldn’t and didn’t!

One FQ was just perfect for lining my smaller purple felt handbag that I’ve had lolling around waiting for inspiration for far too long

The fabric was slightly thinner than my normal linings, so I backed it with a lightweight interfacing, then added a pair of pockets and finally managed to sew a lining on that formed an edge to the bag rather than just butting up to the top

It’s really rather easy after all! I sewed the sides of the two lining parts together, leaving a gap at the bottom, then stitched the top of the lining to the top of the bag and pulled it all through. Then the bottom edge of the lining got neatly top-stitched as well as the outside of the top edging

I made the handle by plaiting 2 lengths of blue and one of multi-purple wool tops, which I then wet felted to make a strong shoulder handle, which I’ve sewn down the length of each side so it makes it secure 

I'm going to make a flower handbage charm to pin to it, a matching purse to pop in it and I might also add some beads, I’m not sure yet… my bags seem to take on a life of their own


  1. You remind me of a busy beaver! Your finds are always marvellous & you make some really good things.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

  2. Maggie May, thank you, I'm glad you like my things - I really do feel like busy beaver at the moment, what with crafting and massage on top of working full time!

    Sadly the crafting has to take a back seat for a few weeks now as I need to swot for my exams which start on the 13th October... eek!

  3. BEAUTIFUL bag! and what a bargain on those fat quarters!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  4. super bag, must try felting one day....