Thursday, July 8, 2010

A new handbag!

So I kind of love this purse . . . 



This is the No. 10 Charming Tote Bag by I Think Sew.  I just love the asymmetrical handle and the way it attaches with a button.  After I saw this version on Flickr I knew I had to make one.

I bought this pattern along with the No. 22 Pleats Shoulder Bag for a whopping $5.50.  Score!  (You can find the combo deal here.)  Why so cheap?  The designer calls these "sewer friendly" patterns, which basically means there are very few instructions included and you need to be very comfortable putting the bag together on your own.  If you're comfortable with making pleats and installing magnetic snaps and other general aspects of bag making, then you'll probably find these patterns to be a pretty good deal.  If not, I think you can find the full version of each pattern on her website, but you'll pay about $7.00 per pattern instead of $3.50 apiece.

I always seem to forget how tedious bag making is!  So many pieces to cut out, interfacing to deal with, and so on and so on.  But this one is so cute, it was totally worth it.  I made it for a friend and I'm happy to report that she loves it too!  

Happy sewing!
Mary


21 comments:

  1. Oh good grief,I am never going to get my quilt finished with you ladies leaving links all over the place with cute stuff!!!
    Your bag is awesome. I love it and you did a great job!!!

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  2. Wow! This is really cute! Haven't seen this pattern before.

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  3. Nice job, Mary, I love it! There is another really cute FREE purse pattern/tutorial online that has the same type of handle, called the Wasp purse. Here is the link for any or your interested readers!

    http://machenmachen.wordpress.com/2007/08/31/free-pattern-for-the-wasp-bag/

    I have been meaning to make it but haven't yet. Now I feel a bit more inspired!

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  4. Love the bag! You have made it beautifully! Now of course we ALL want one.... guess that's another bag pattern I'll be buying - oh well, a girl can't have too many bags!

    Happy Sewing!

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  5. great job Mary! this is great. I just came across her patterns the other day too, very cool stuff!

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  6. What a beautiful gift! I've never made a bag, so I'd probably need the 'spell out every single bit" pattern.

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  7. That fabric combo is fantastic and I'm seriously lusting after your purse. I've been meaning to try this pattern out for an eternity now.

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  8. I love the bag! I'm going to have to check out these patterns!
    I'm going to be about 20 minutes away from Myrtle Beach the first week of August! Family trip to the beach:)

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  9. Nooo, I'm supposed to be finishing a repurposed dress for a wedding this weekend, now I feel the need to make a cute handbag to go with it!! So, so cute, just love it!! :)

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  10. Oooohhhhh! I love both bags and so now must add them to my ever expanding "to-do" tote/purse/bag list. Beautiful fabrics, nicely done.

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  11. Your bag is absolutely adorable, Mary. Love the fabrics you used. I've purchased several patterns from I Think Sew... haven't made any of them yet! LOL!!

    XOXO,

    Cyndi

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  12. Awesome bag! Great fabric! I wanna make it too!!

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  13. I love the fabric and the pattern! Super cute! One of your best projects!

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  14. Oh I love it!! I want one!! I bet it was fun choosing which button!!

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  15. It's adorable, Mary!! Super, super cute!

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  16. That is so cute! I love her patterns, I've made the baby shoes and they turn out so adorable! Nice work, Mary!

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  17. Awesome! I love your bags.
    I still have to make the last bag pattern you made that I just HAD to have!

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  18. this is so cute! great work!

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  19. Your bag looks great Mary (and thank you for leaving a comment on my blog too). I too am trying to find the time to make the bigger version. Can't wait to see yours soon.

    - Mariane

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  20. I have made and sold this bag over and over. Love it...BUT, There has got to be a way to do the plane geometry and make it a shoulder bag...I have tried and tried. Please...anyone who has a suggestion..let me know. It is a winner.

    http://quiltsbagsgardens.blogspot.com/

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  21. That’s so cute! That is just so right for the summer get- a- way!

    My mom loves to bring colorful handbag like this while walking in Calgary shopping mall. She loves wearing them in bright color that people could easily notice. She also loves to check some new designer purses (Canada) for her collection. For her they are little details that could catch someone else’s eyes.

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