Friday, April 8, 2016

Have You Ever Participated In Another Blogger's Activity?

     There are several blogs I read regularly. Some are listed on my sidebar and some I just have on my Feedly reader. One of the blogs on my sidebar is from the wonderful artist, Melanie Testa. A few posts ago,  here, she suggested a sew along to make one of her sewplies purses. I watched the videos she had on her blogpost and decided to try it. I also decided to try to make mine completely by sewing it by hand since the girls I'm working with at our local Boys and Girls Club want to sew purses and they don't have sewing machines. I thought if it worked out making it by hand, then they could try to make small purses by hand. The only part I made using a machine was the straps. Since they are so long, they would take forever to sew by hand. If the girls want to make purses, I'll have to do the straps for them at home on my machine.
     You can see my sewplies purse in process on my blogpost here. And I finally finished it. Her pattern is meant to wear close to your body and has clips that close around your back.
Sewplies Purse
The front of the purse closed
The back of the purse opened

The back of the purse closed

The inside of the purse with a pocket
I had to sew my scissors pocket on the inside at an angle in order to fit my scissors, but it works that way just fine. I love the pattern. Thank you, Melly! Go and visit her website . She'll be starting up some classes soon. I'm linking this to Off The Wall Friday where you can find other art quilt blogs. Please make comments on the artists' blogs so that they know you visited. Thanks for stopping by.


  1. What a great idea! I will have to go to check it out. I had my scissors pinned to my scarf yesterday hand sewing and forgot they were there and poked myself.
    It is a great thing you are doing with the boys and girls club - they learn a skill but so much more!

  2. Once, I lost my sewing needle on my sofa and couldn't find it even after lifting off all the cushions. The next day, I found it magnetically stuck to my glasses. Yes, this little purse will come in handy when I take projects on the go as I sometimes do and don't want to lay everything out on a table while I work.

  3. Very cute indeed! Maybe you can find someone local willing to donate a used-but-in-good-working-order machine to the Club for future projects...

    1. It is a cut pattern. For now, I'm happy to do just hand sewing with the group. With just me as the only adult in charge of the sewers, it's much easier and calmer to deal with the group without the trials that would ensue with a machine.

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    1. I like how the purse functions while I sew.


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