It turns out that the measurement for the purse frame in the book is incorrect (many ladies in the SAL were caught out for this project and had to adjust their purse body size). It stated to use a 2 and 3/4" width when in reality it was supposed to be 4". So Fiona's purse frame was too small to use. I picked up the only one I could find at Spotlight last Thursday and it just so happened to be 4" in diameter.
The template in the back of the book needed to be enlarged 200%.
2 outer fabric pieces - these are the large ones in the right. I fussy cut the verse on the Incy Wincy spider fabric so that it would be on the central pleat.
2 lining pieces - I used the matching cheater quilt print to match.
2 batting pieces - lots of small batting scraps needing a job.
Sewing the Pleat
The instructions were pretty simple to follow for the exterior pleat.
I basted my lining and batting together with a 1/8" seam but in reality you could just use fusible pellon or spray baste.
Again the instructions for sewing between the notches were very clear and easy to follow. Remember to leave that bottom hole in the lining piece for turning later.
From this point I finished the purse by hand. I sewed the holes in the lining shut and pressed.
Attaching the Purse Frame
I could have easily glued the frame into place as per the pattern however I think that the inclusion of the hand sewing adds a nice decorative touch. I used some embroidery floss my mum gave me.
ADDITIONAL NOTE - I used a heavy duty needle with a large enough eye to thread the floss. I buried the knot and began at one end and just followed the holes in the frame along and back through into the lining side. It was easier to manipulate the stitches into the purse body and even when the middle pleat was looking a bit askew I just kind of tugged the body into alignment.
There are a couple of purse tutorials on Sweet Bee Buzzings' blog that may help to read through. Bethany has written one for the sew-in frame and also one for the glue-in kind. And she has good taste in fabric for them both.
|L- I just followed the holes in the frame. R -You can see the tiny stitches in the lining side of the purse.|
We have a jar of foreign coins that I like to look through sometimes. It's amazing what can turn up in Australian circulation. Can you see that New Zealand shilling? It's from 1964!