One thing I knew I wanted to make my Stocking Swap partner was a purse of some sort. She had some ‘inspiration’ purses in her Pinterest wish list, so I searched all morning and came up empty handed – you would have thought with all the bag books I own, that one design would have looked remotely similar! Instead I decided to come up with something completely different that I think she’ll like: The Charming Handbag from Bend-the-Rules Sewing in a fun skull print!
I have a first printing of this book so I should let you know that this particular pattern has some (rather important) information omitted: the sizes for the casing and handles have been omitted from the cutting information (you can find the corrections to the book here). Once I figured out what to cut, the rest of the bag was smooth sailing – in fact I really adore the way it turned out… I think that the skulls bring an unexpected twist to such a feminine shaped purse. I like it so much that I’m considering making one for myself, although I think it really needs some sort of magnetic closure because I’m prone to having things fall out of my purse.