6.11.10

Fat Quarter Fun!


I love when I can take just a little bit of nothing and turn it into something cute and serviceable which is exactly what I did by starting with a couple of fat quarters and a great pattern by We Wilsons which I purchased in their Etsy store for the low price of $7 (totally worth it when you figure in all of the gifts you'll be able to make by using it) and ended up with this cute little purse.

Let me go on the record by saying that I am neither a fancy or very experienced sewer and my machine is uber basic so this is a great pattern for someone who may find themselves in the same boat but who wants to make a quick gift for their daughter, a neighbor or themselves (a girl's gotta have a purse after all).

A fat quarter (a piece of fabric measuring 18" x 22") can be found at just about any fabric/craft/quilting store and even on line. They can range from under $1 to over $6 depending on the fabric or designer. Joanne's often has them on sale for $.99 which is the perfect time to pick up several. Honestly, for $10 you can get enough fabric for five of these little purses which is a bargain in my book.

The tutorial/pattern is very easy to follow. I chose black and white for my outer fabric and hot pink for my liner.


I also didn't have a sliding belt buckle and so cut the handle short and used big black buttons to secure the strap to the D-rings.


And just before I took all these pics, I added some beads to the zipper just to pretty it up further.


What I love about this purse is that once you make it one time and get the gist of it down you could embellish it so many different ways. Have fun and whip up some of these for Christmas gifts. You could get really crazy make a matching coin purse or cel phone holder or key chain...Get the idea?



19 comments:

  1. That is so cute!! I love the colors. Fabric is so fun!

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  2. Cute! I like your fabric choices. I buy alot of fat quarters because I am a fabric junky and want to have room for an impressive stash.

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  3. I have this pattern too but i haven't tried it yet! Need to get on the ball with that :)

    I found you at alittlelovelyblog. Cute bag! Isn't amazing what you can do with limited sewing skills? (That's me!) I'm from
    vibrant-designs.net
    Come on over sometime :)
    Julie

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  4. love that vibrant pink/red contrast color.
    well chosen.

    btw. we have lots of free bag patterns on our site: http://www.finecraftguild.com/category/bags/ .. just in case you're interested in making .... another bag... :-)

    have a happy creative day!
    rose

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  5. you did an awesome job! I love it! If you have a chance come link up to handmade tuesdays @ ladybug blessings tomorrow. www.ladybug-blessings.com

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  6. thanks for all the wonderful comments....they do a body good!

    i'm getting ready to make another but with more subdued colors. i really like the contrast of this one but also want to make one with a bit more of a soft, vintage, romantic feel.

    julie, you make so many wonderful purses! if you have this pattern you should try it too - add it to your repertoire.

    kristen, thanks for inviting me to your blog. i've linked up! btw...love your hand-stamped jewelry!

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  7. Cool bag, can't believe you haven't made this type of thing before!

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  8. Great job, that is a cute pattern and I love that you personalized it with your own embellishments.

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  9. That is awesome! I would love for you to link up at my Strut Your Stuff Party!
    http://danajeanward.blogspot.com/2010/11/strut-your-stuff-party.html

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  10. Oh I love the fabric and what a cute bag. Great job.

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  11. I wish I could sew like that.
    Visit me sometimes at
    http://passionatelyartistic.com
    Maggie

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  12. Love that black and white fabric! The pink really pops. Cute bag!

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  13. Really cute! I am so tempted to purchase the pattern. Great job!

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  14. I LOVE fat quarter projects, they don't seem overly daunting to this novice sewer. That fabric you picked is great! Visiting from TT&J

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  15. What a gorgeous purse. I LOVE the colors that you chose. I'm your newest follower from the Weekend Wrap up. Stop by my site if you can http://diyhshp.blogspot.com

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  16. That is lovely! I love the pop of pink!
    You should come link this up to my weekly Thursday Making It With Allie Link Party! I think it would make a Fabulous addition!
    AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

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  17. Great bag! I get inspired by just looking at your pictures,, now I might need to go and get some more fabric and make this one as well. Thank you for posting the photos!

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