Sunday, March 27, 2011

Purses and handbags and totes - Oh MY!

Hopefully, I can post pictures of most of the purses I've made without any commentary. There are so many good stories that go with every craft, though!

The Zebra Print bag was for a 16 year old girl who was completely infatuated with zebra print at the time. I looked everywhere for the perfect fabric but never found just what I was looking for. Finally, just when I was about to give up and just make her a regular bag, I walked into a Hobby Lobby and found it! This is a hobo-style purse. No pattern - I just started cutting and all the design elements and piecing together was in my head.

Those are zippered pockets in the front of the purse.

One year, I decided to make a bag for Cody's teacher. It was a difficult year for him and his teacher was amazing at working with him socially, emotionally, and academically. Wonderful woman! My plan was to make something personalized just for her. I knew that she loved pink pigs. Pigs pigs pigs all over her classroom. Pig picture. Pig stuffed animals. Pig desk accessories. Pigs everywhere. I made her this bag.

I'm so smart. Ummm yeah, Nancy was his teacher the year before. He reminded me after the bag was 80% complete. Yeah, smart.


So, I started over for the teacher that was soooo amazing to my son (great impression she left on me, right? Honestly, I just had a brain fart! I have no idea why the entire time I was making a bag for the wrong teacher!).
In the end, two of Cody's teachers received a nice personalized book bag. I was the favorite mom of the year! HA

Here are some purses I've made over the years.

And for good measure....I didn't make this mask. Mickey made it just for me in the 5th grade! I displayed it proudly for as long as I could. She eventually begged me to take it down and hide it away. Pffttttt She should be proud of her work!!!!


  1. the soccer mom bag is so adorable!!!

    And I love all the purses!

  2. The pig and soccer mom bags were the very first projects I did using my embroidery machine. I am getting my sewing itch back...I'm very anxious to do a quilt!

  3. You are SOOOO talented!!! Wow - love the purses!! :-)

  4. Awww thank you, Alissa! I wish I enjoyed making them as much as I did back then.