I had a little sewing venture Thursday night and Friday that I'd like to share with you; today is group post day on the Cosmo Cricket blog, and our featured product this week was cloth. I had made a larger tote bag several weeks ago when I was sent my first sample of the Early Bird fabric, but I still had a few hoarded pieces that were begging to be used for a smaller project.
I headed over to the Moda Bake Shop blog, a fabulous resource for free patterns and tutorials on sewing projects, and found this Botany Charm Pack Reversible Purse tutorial by Bradie Sparrow--just what I was looking for!
I loved that this purse project was reversible--two purses for the time investment of one. I chose to have a solid pattern on the brown side rather than piecing together charm-sized squares (5" square). It saved me some time, and I wasn't sure that I would use the brown side as often as the lighter pieced sided anyway. (Of course my son like the brown side best.)
I'd be embarrassed to tell you how long this took me, especially after a friend told me tonight that she could do it in 1-1/2 hours. . . Let's just say that it was a days' work. ;-) Here are a couple of observations in case you decide to try one of these:
- It might be simpler to leave a small opening at the top and insert the straps rather than trying to align them on the inside and outside and topstitch both layers at the same time. (I'm not being critical--just thinking of ways to simplify the parts that took me the longest time.)
- However, if you put the straps on the outside as I did (following directions), take time to baste them down before topstitching rather than just pinning them. It will save you the time of needing to remove stitches. . . Yep--did that once or twice.
- Final FYI--I really liked this pattern and will use it again, so I'm not trying to out-guess its creator. I'm average at best in my sewing skills, so I'm trying to "put the cookies on the bottom shelf" in case any of you are average in sewing skills too.
Be sure to check out what other fabric creations are posted on the Cosmo Cricket blog today. Thanks for stopping by!