Handmade Purse and Free Fabric

DSCF0078I made this purse for the friend Cia’s birthday. It was one of my first proper projects on my sewing machine.

I’ve been working on a range, trying to figure out what works well; cotton? linen? pvc?

I found that on the John Lewis JL mini sewing machine, it cannot take fabric tougher than denim so PVC is out the question, especially if one wants to line the purse.

I would recommend trying out with fabric samples before ever committing to lots and lots of fabric that your machine can’t handle! Lots of websites offer free samples of different fabrics. A few of my favorites are:

For this purse I used John Lewis cotton fabric inside and out. Lining is essential, it gives the purse more shape and functionality (and itf used as a make up bag then makes it so much easier to clean!)

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For decoration I used a mixture of buttons, lace and these adorable charms found on sale in millers art store in Glasgow.

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I can say I’ve progressed a bit more on my sewing machine. I can do skirts now… but that is a blog for another day.

=D

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Making travel your New Year Resolution?

I think I’ve found the next item I want for my wall…

My sister showed this to me today. It’s glorious. We have decided to get one for the house so we can track all the places we go.

It’s a scratch map board from John Lewis (£14.00). The idea is that you scratch off all the places you have been, in the pursuit of traveling the map. I think it’s a ruddy marvelous idea.

I might get one for me and my boyfriend and make a resolution to go on dates to as many interesting places as we can (and pick up as many interesting buttons as I can find… I think I’m obsessed!)