I’ve been wanting to use some of my ice dyed fabrics. I’ve also been wanting to make a purse. I found this great pattern, Zip and Go, from Dog Under My Desk Patterns, grabbed some of my fabric, and started on this project.
I found this pattern to be real detailed and easy to follow. I’m not saying it’s one of those sewing projects you can whip out right away, but it is one that is doable.
I loved the process. Here I am auditioning the zippers. The bag fabric on the right is still waiting to be sewn!
The bags are fully lined so you end up with two zipped areas. I used another piece of my dyed fabric for both the lining and the adjustable strap.
I am really picky about my stitches when I topstitch and was so happy that these both turned out with my approval.
If you are interested in patterns for purses, check out Dogundermydesk. As I said, her patterns are very detailed and easy to understand.
Now what I want to do is make a bigger purse. But that’s for another day. If you have a favorite pattern or pattern source, I’d love to hear about it.
Thanks for dropping by and hoping you’re having a colorful day.
Love how these turned out! Your fabric is beautiful. Are you selling them?
Kathleen, Thank you! Haven’t decided about selling them yet.
Blue Calla Clematis is a free pattern and great to showcase fabrics
Hi Elizabeth, I’m going to check that out right now. Thanks!
How much fabric did you need for your purses? I have a lot of my hand dyed pieces waiting for an interesting project. This could be the Christmas gifts idea for those girls of mine.
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Luann, Per her directions: 1 yard (you need 30 inch length for strap but you won’t use all of the fabric) and 1/3 yard.
I used two fat quarters and still have some left. I pieced the strap instead of using a 30 inch length. So it doesn’t take much. These would make great gifts for sure.
I tend to be a bag ho (as opposed to a purse ho) and discovered through my scouring of the Internet The Professional Tote. It has all the bells and whistles I could imagine. I have made 3 for gifts for friends and still need to make one for myself. It isn’t inexpensive to make, but the finished product is awesome. It could be used as a large purse and project bag. It even has a strap to fit over a rolling luggage handle to secure the tote on top of your luggage or rolling spinning wheel bag, etc.
Hey Judy, That looks like a really cool bag! I may need to try that and if I have any trouble I know who to call!! Thanks.