Friday, 29 January 2010

The Orange Purse


I’m the proud owner of a brand new orange purse, ”The Orange Purse” (please notice the capital T), stitched with lots of love, my seam ripper glued to my right hand, lots of frustration, a broken needle and a happy dance.

The purse is made from the orange linen piece from this post. It has been hand quilted with pearl cotton embroidery floss.
It has a quilted lining, a binding on top, and even a zipper for closing. That zipper took forever to sew in, but it’s there, see?
Instead of buying handles, I have made the strap from a belt. A tutorial on how to do this is coming up.

I was probably the last quilter on earth making a purse, but now I have two on my bragging list (first one here). If I was wise enough to use a pattern or tutorial on how to do these things, it would probably have been a piece of cake. Unfortunately I’m the I’ll-figure-it-out type of person. As soon as a question mark enters my brain, it keeps on churning until I have a solution. With quilts this approach works just fine, but add another dimension and I’m practically buzzing. It sometimes keeps me awake at night. I have found that the 3rd dimension is great until you are sewing your lining into it, and I have. Several times.

The good thing is that I now know how to make the silk purse for MIL; I will not reinvent the wheel this time…

Now I’ll add this to Amylouwho’s Sew & Tell, pop over and get inspired!

29 comments:

  1. Lovely purse. Even if it is harder to make your own pattern, it makes it more unique. Like the strap a lot. Hope you'll have a fun night out!

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  2. Nina it is beautiful and you are so inspiring.

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  3. wow. that is so cool. what a great purse. i love the purple belt handle

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  4. You did a fantastic job on it!!
    Should be very proud!!
    bp

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  5. ooo it is indeed THE orange purse! fabulous!

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  6. Beautiful. How fun to make your project into The Purse! You are not the last quilter to make a purse..that would be me (and maybe some others?). Congrats for the zipper (I would have been lazy and used velcro {grins}). I love the purple belt as a handle. Great job. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Gorgeous, gorgeous... and you're not the last, I've never made a purse, either. :D

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  8. Wow, The Purse is gorgeous! Very very cool.

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  9. It is STUNNING and utterly original! Congratulations on figuring out the 3rd dimension. I only ever do these things with a pattern (that someone else figured out first!).

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  10. Stunning! I wondered where that orange would turn up, and this is wonderful! I love the purple belt strap.

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  11. the purse is wonderful,I love the purple betl handle,great!!Well done!!

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  12. A beautiful purse and I really like your decorative quilting on it. Haven't got the courage yet to put a zipper in a purse so well done for achieving that!

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  13. What a beautiful purse. Interested in that tutorial for the handle too.

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  14. Oh Nina, so wonderful. I love the purple handle idea and can't wait to see the tutorial. You are just too clever.

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  15. Wow! A lovely purse, indeed! A happy dance was most definitely
    in order, Thanks for sharing, Nina!

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  16. too cool! Love the fabric close up too. those details are amazing.

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  17. That is beautiful. That had to be hard to sew that zipper in. Zippers are hard enough in the best of cases. You can be proud of that.
    QMM

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  18. It really looks good. Zippers and I don't mix. Your orange fabric really looks good in the bag.

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  19. Simply love your fabulous purse. You did a GREAT job.

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  20. I love it, I love it when it was only stitcheries. So cool that you made it into a bag. I like the idea of using belt for handle.
    I re-purpose all the time, good way to recycled - Hugs Nat

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  21. An extraordinary purse! Great job!!

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  22. This turned into a beautiful piece! It's a keeper! Great finish!

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  23. I love the colors you picked to quilt it. It looks fabulous. (And Brilliant idea with the belt strap!)

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  24. It's so cute. And I am glad to know that there are other people out there who are the "figure it out yourself" people.

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