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.
The 241 Tote by Noodlehead is so much fun to make! Her pattern comes in two different styles, one with outer side pockets and one with zippered pockets. (That’s why she named it 241, it’s like “two patterns for one price.”) I loved the look of the side pockets, but also wanted a zipper pocket to stash my keys and avoid digging for them at the bottom of my purse. I ended up using both patterns together (two in one!) and it turned out just fine. Those outer pockets let you use three different fabrics together, love it!
I liked the interior pocket so much that I’m using it as my blog header. I also increased the length of the strap so I can wear it as a cross body purse. That’s what’s so great about making your own purses, they fit exactly right and can have zippy key pockets anywhere you like!
Seriously, the side pockets — they just make the purse for me. I think I might need one in blue, too.
I highly recommend you go visit Noodlehead and snag your own pattern. Thank you, Anna! I love it!
Update: And one that makes me think of spring!
In “Nature Walk” by Cloud 9, beautiful organic cottons: