Tah Dah: Denim Purse

>> Tuesday, March 23, 2010

I finished the denim purse.

It looks better in use.

I broke my purple needle. My first broken needle in 13 years of quilting.
My seam ripper and I also had the chance to bond in the making of this purse.
Warning - graphic stitches to follow!

This is where I broke the needle. See the back seam? There is still no topstitching there as it's just not happening with my machine.

This denim has quite a bit of stretch thanks to spandex. While I didn't follow any pattern to make this purse (which is fairly obvious!), I did take notes and use others' ideas to make it work. The strap on the purse and the idea to do pleats (which are NOT a good idea on denim!!) came from Rae's buttercup bag pattern. I was intending to make this bag - even cut out the pattern. But my denim pieces were too small.

Some more yucky stitches. I put in a recessed zipper using Jane's tutorial again. The lining material is from one of my husband's old dress shirts. The top edge really needed to be stitched down as it kept sitting above the purse line. But there's some pretty thick denim seams here. Hence the yucky stitches. I did manage to get the front of the purse edge sewn down without much trouble.

The Birthday Girl is happy with it. She took it for a test run and I had to refasten the strap. We'll see how it holds up.

Fun, but time to get back to the Bunnies!

With Joy,
Sarah Vee


Unknown March 23, 2010 at 9:05 AM  

That is too cute! That is a very cool bag.

Rachel Slote-Brown March 23, 2010 at 10:05 AM  

Happy Birthday Miss M.
Purse looks great Sarah.

Denise :) March 23, 2010 at 10:36 AM  

How fun; you did a *great* job! Isn't it funny how things come back around? I made one of those for myself when I was in my teens--an awfully LONG time ago! :)

Nanette Merrill March 23, 2010 at 11:30 AM  

Perfect and you've recycled. What could be better.

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