Category Archives: Handmade Purses
Upcycled Tablecloth Clutch Purses11 Comments
I found a vintage linen tablecloth at a local antique shop and used it to make clutch purses in blue for my sister in law, pink for her Mom and her soon-to-be Mother in law. I’m not sure when the tablecloth was made, but from researching the embroidery style, it may be from the 1950s. It felt cruel to cut up something beautiful that some unknown person spent time making, but I decided they wanted their work to be loved and used, above all else. The bride loves them, and they’ll be quite loved on her big day! Maybe they’ll even be passed on to a few future brides down the road.
Ways I Kept Myself Busy in 2014
- Painting an Ikea Laminate Table
- Kitchen Makeover, still unblogged and one or two steps from completion
- American Made Brand Placemats
- Wonky Stars Baby Boy Quilt
- Deer Quilt
- Deegie Face Quilt (Looks like I never took finished pics of this one!)
- WIP 24 Years Quilt (Still working on this one, I took a break.)
- Honeybee Quilt
- Little Stars Quilts
- City Grid Pillow
- Hashtag Quilt (Link at Honeybee quilt, above)
- West Virginia License Plate Block
- NYC Nightstand (Finished but not blogged, pics in IG under #NYCtable)
- Japanese Patchwork Purse
- Painted Singer Treadle Sewing Machine Table
Looking forward to a creative and productive 2015!
Accordion Fold Card Wallets to Sew3 Comments
The very first time I used my accordion fold wallet, we were on a road trip to visit my in-laws in another state. We stopped at a gas station and when I went in to buy some snacks, I pulled out this little wallet and the cashier said, “Let me see that!” Without even thinking, I handed it to her. (Can you tell I’m from a small town?) She loved it and said such nice things about it that I pulled out a second one from my purse, one that I’d made for my sister in law. She said, “Do you have another one in there that I can buy?” Sadly, I did not.
But if you’d like to make one for yourself, I found the pattern at LYPatterns on Etsy. Be warned that the pattern is in centimeters. This is a little inconvenient because all of my rotary cutting rulers are in inches, but making paper pattern pieces saved me some time. The frames were also purchased through Etsy from YeahShop. (The frames are shipped from Hong Kong, so allow a little extra travel time!)
I loved this pattern because it’s easier than it looks, just a few rectangles really, and uses up scraps nicely. I so rarely carry cash that this type of wallet makes a lot of sense for me, and it’s just so cute! There may be many more tiny frame purses in my future!