So Charming

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.

5 thoughts on “So Charming

  1. Beth

    Thank you so much for posting the link to the errata for this book! As we move into the holidays, my sewing mojo tends to get moving and I know I would have been all over this book looking for fun projects.

    Hmmm…. wondering where you find magnetic closures and how you apply them …?

    1. Stacy

      I’ve found them in the ‘purse’ section of both the craft and fabric stores. The best way to apply them is to use some fusible interfacing on the back side of the fabric to give it some support, then insert the prongs into the fabric and bend back. If I’m using really thing cotton, I use two layers of interfacing just to make sure it’s thick enough.

  2. Kris C.

    Cool purse! I think the skulls are very unexpected on it!

    Beth – you can find magnetic closures in the purse-making section at Joanns – cheaper there than in the regular sewing notions section. And there are a lot of tutorials online for applying them.

    1. Stacy

      Thanks, I thought the skulls were kind of unexpected too. I think I lucked out on placement of them too – I didn’t plan that ahead very well.

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