Wednesday, October 11, 2006

purses and bags and totes, oh my!

Finally--get to post some pictures! Here are some of the purses/bags that I have made these last few weeks. A purse/bag/tote lover, I am, I am!
"Towne Purse", a Lazy Girl pattern. I have made SO many of these purses, they are one of my favorites with all the pockets inside. I modified it a bit to use pre-quilted fabric and made the bottom larger to hold my large wallet (stuffed with receipts--not $$, LOL). I know, it's a spring purse. I had it mostly cut out to do a class demo from before, so when I had another class, I finished while doing the demos. Clever, huh?
This is my Slouchy bag. It's from a new book from Cindy Taylor Oates, Slouchy Bags. I love the old, faded, well worn look of this home dec fabric. It fits over the shoulder, across the body and sits on your hip. I'm hoping to wear it in Houston Quilt Festival. I love wearing a purse that doesn't keep falling off your shoulder. I wore a book bag last year, but every time I had to pay for something, I had to take the whole thing off. A little cumbersome too. So, I'm hoping this one will do the trick. It's about 2" narrower than the pattern and an 1" shorter because I was limited on fabric. I could have pieced some together, but in this case, I had almost enough, so went with it.

Here is another type of bag I'm making with vinyl mesh. I made a bunch of them last year and just got some white mesh and fuschia mesh! I can see the fuschia mesh with black fabric with pink polka dots on it. They are so sturdy. I made small ones to use as "shell collecting" bags. The sand runs right through the bag and all you bring home is shells and not half of the beach!

14 comments:

Suze said...

So purses are your passion...... Yup. We would get along just fine.

computerpeach said...

i really like the bottom one - what is the pattern? I need to make a few for next summer for when we go to the beach.

Fiona said...

Lovely bags, and what a great idea for on the beach.

Pam said...

Ah- thanks for the links. I see the Slouchy bag with the big long shoulder strap. That really does look like a good idea. I carry a small purse like that but than my bags just hand on my should - very uncomfortable in a crowd. I think I need one of those. Thanks.

Tazzie said...

Your bags are wonderful! I had no idea that you could get that mesh in any colour other than black. We could have used something like it this weekend. Cameron's clothes bag has come home with quite a lot of beach!
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

Carol said...

Great purses and bags! I love them, unfortunatly I've never done a bag...guess I better add that to my list of to do's :)

Norma said...

I love your bags! I have also made a Lazy Girl bag--wonderful for carrying my hand projects.

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

The shell collecting bag is a great idea.

Ruth said...

I also am a purse junkie. Thanks for the 'fix'. They are beautiful.

Samantha said...

i am a purse junkie myself- and your are great!

Angie said...

Aren't you clever ... with the mesh! Great idea!! and I LOVE ALL of your bags! I'm pattern-challenged and have a hard time understanding what they are telling me to do unless I have someone right beside me showing me...but I do love bags, too!! LOVE the slouchy bag...

Anonymous said...

Love your bags! I too love them, but have yet to make one for myself. I've seen the mesh bags as kits at various shows here in Canada and had always thought it was such a clever idea. Shell collecting bags - what a fun idea!

Mrs. Moody said...

I want a new purse now! :)

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

Wow - your bags are absolutely GREAT!!! My Nana always made me a new school bag every year (before backpacks became the "in" thing). She was sooo good at making me wonderful bags and I am always reminded of her when I see something similar (like your black/mesh bag).

Cheers!

Evelyn