3.16.2009

Purses!

We are well - no one is sick - HALLELUJAH! I am lucky that no one else fell victim to the wretched virus that affected my youngest. I got less sleep last week than I did when I was a freshman in college! Anyway all is right in the world now; the birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and most importantly the sun is shining. 

My first project upon entry into the land of the living was to make "a" purse from this tutorial. As you can see, I enjoyed it so much that I had a hard time sticking to just one. 


Here is my original, and while I loved the way that it turned out, I knew that it would be entirely too small for this momma to carry around on a daily basis. It looked great as an over-sized clutch, though, so I left it without a strap and plan on giving it to a friend from church. 


Loving the style but needing it just a little larger, I increased the print size to 130%, which ended up being the perfect size. I love this fabric; it is so bright and fun. I already have an outfit planned around it. Now I just need a place to go...


My final purse was also made with the increased pattern size, but I attached the straps a little differently. A cluster of buttons on each side double as an extra embellishment, while at the same time fastening the straps to the bag.


I highly recommend taking a look at the buttercup bag tutorial over at Made By Rae. The instructions are simple and easy to follow. And before you make the excuse that you could never do that, you are just a beginner, it is too hard, etc. Let me remind you, I am not a pro; in fact, I don't even know how to make a button hole (seriously). If I can do it, SO CAN YOU

11 comments:

Bella said...

I saw thw Buttercup pattern, a friend made it and stated the smae fact...too small. Thanks for including the % for enlarging...NOW I'm going to make it! LOVE your blog.

Songbirdtiff said...

So cute! You find the best fabric.

Katie said...

Love how they came out and thank you for sharing the percentage that you enlarged to. Love the fabric that black and white is gorgeous but really love the floral one. Went on over and looked at the tutorial. Hope to get to that AFTER I made a dress based on your tutorial. Ran out and got that fabric immediately after you posted your two daughters in theirs, now I just have to do something with it!

Rae said...

Awesome! Thanks for stopping by -- good to know about the 130%...I too prefer a slighter larger bag so I will have to give that a try!

Michelle said...

Love it - but I'm a little intimidated. I'll have to bookmark it and try to get up the nerve to try it. ;)

Terri said...

That bag is great! But I'm bad with curved seams... hmmm. Very intimidating. Still, maybe I'll give it a try! Thanks for the post!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Black and white always looks so stylish!

randi said...

Great bags! I am off to check out that tutorial!

Autumn said...

LOVE IT!!!! Wow those turned out so sweet! I will be fabric shopping this week:)

dailydoseofme said...

Thanks for push i am going to attempt at making this soon.

I love the fact that you made a larger version, i tend to love big bags too lol

The button emblishments turned out great.

Thanks once again

Cheers

Mayya

Great blog btw ;)

Annette said...

Oh I'm so glad to hear that purse is easy. I had seen it...bookmarked it...and NOW maybe I will attempt it one day! Thank you for saying a beginner can do it.