Tuesday, 6 November 2012

UR Priceless blog hop


Today is my day on the UR Priceless blog hop, hosted by the lovely Katherine.  We were to make a coin purse using a pattern provided by Madame Samm.  I was right up to the wire on this one.  The pattern pieces were cut out a long time ago, most of the sewing had been done, but I still had to attach the frame.  I managed it though and made not 5 purses, not 8, but 8 and a half.  Oh yes.


The first 5 are made with sew-on frames, as instructed as part of the hop rules.  I couldn't find a single 3" sew-in frame in Britain, not one.  I ended up getting mine from Hong Kong, a pack of 5 mixed coloured frames with ball clasps, and one silver one with heart clasps.


Do you remember this?  I showed you the sashiko a week or so ago. Well here it is all sewn up!  I sashiko'd in white perle cotton on green linen and used the same perle cotton to add the frame.


My stitching isn't perhaps the best, but it works.  The corners were a NIGHTMARE to get in place.  No amount of prodding and poking could get them to stay!


This one is lined with a white cotton fabric with flowers on it.  Taking pictures of the inside of the purses was incredibly difficult!


Number two came about when I decided to mix and match the pieces cut out for the beaded purse (we haven't got to that one yet!).  I used the two side panels and added the check to the front and back.  I thought it might be a good idea to add some buttons.  This one isn't actually as wonky as it looks, it's jus the way it was sitting.

 
Lined with purple cotton that looks a bit like satin in these photos.
 

Number three is a fussy cut version.  I wanted to use this Little Red Riding Hood linen I'd been hoarding for a long time.  The front and back feature Little Red...


And the side has her name. All topped off with a silver frame attached with the most frustrating red perle cotton known to man.  Most of my perles are a brand called Rubi, they were fine.  This one was an emergency purchase from Hobbycraft and is Anchor.  I hate that damn stuff.  It snapped about 4 times during the sewing of this frame so I had to keep starting again.


I used the Sugar and Spice red fabric that I won in a recent giveaway as a lining.



Number 4 is also fussy cut. I had this novelty FQ in my stash - I'm really not sure why I bought it.  Sewing themed - good.  Goats - ??


I fussy cut a different part for each motif.  The frame is stitched on with pink perle cotton to match part of the colour scheme of the fabric.


I love these tape measures!


I was quite lucky the motifs were the right size to fit my panels.


This is lined with a red polka dot found in my stash.


Number 5 is made with babushka printed linen and features the same hair-tearing-out Anchor perle cotton... I hate that stuff!  Originally I made this one as a single-fabric alternative.  The original purse by Madame Samm has different fabrics for the front/back and sides (as in my button one above).  Whilst thinking of variations, I decided to do one with the fabric the same all round - I actually ended up doing a lot of those!


I used the same Sugar and Spice print in this one.


This one's the half!  As you can see the pouch is sewn up - denim from my hubby's old jeans, a blue and cream linen for the side panels, some Kate Spain inside and featuring one of my felt flowers.  I just simply ran out of time sewing the frame on.  I'll show you in a later blog post when it's done.
 


Now we move on to the final 3.  These are made with glue in frames.  I bought these when I first joined the hop just in case I couldn't get hold of the sew in frames.  I know they're breaking the rules, but I'm sure Katherine won't mind me showing them.  I must apologise at this point for the photos.  The sew-in pictures were taken on Saturday morning, these were taken on Saturday about 3pm when we'd already lost the light!  Unfortunately, I knew it was the only chance I'd get for photos, so you'll have to put up with them! I'm updating the photos!


Remember the beading I showed you?  This is what I did with it.  I added little seed beads to this Michael Miller print.  The front and back are both beaded and I managed not to break any beads when sewing it up!


The sides are the check fabric as seen in the button purse above.  I didn't update this photos I forgot to take a replacement.


It's lined with a bright blue cotton.  I know it doesn't look bright blue, but believe me, it's just the photos.


Number 7 is appliquéd.  I used a purple spotty print for the front and back (yep, that's purple!) and appliquéd a cupcake to the front.  I wanted to machine appliqué it because I'm lazy, but I used that horrible Heat N Bond and didn't dare subject my needle to it.  I hand appliquéd instead and added some beads for sprinkles and a purple cherry.
 
 
The idea for the cupcake came from the side panel fabric.


This one is lined with a purple and white stripe.  I don't know who made this fabric, I've had the little bundle for a long time.  Just a note about gluing in the frames - it's a bloody nightmare!  Is it worse than sewing them in?  I'm not sure, I just know I got glue EVERYWHERE.




Now we're on to the disasters.  This ladies and gentlemen is number 8.  It looks like it needs a good press, doesn't it?  That's probably because this is the lining.  I glued the frame on back to front and had to turn it inside out!




THIS should have been the outside.  I'm not sure I like it like this. 




This baby would have been number 10 but I made a fundamental mistake.  I sewed the outer and the lining, then realised I'd forgotten the fusible fleece.  I added it to the sewn outer.  Not a good idea.  See those crease marks?  They're permanent.  I abandoned this one!



So, if I've whetted your appetite for purse sewing, the purse pattern available to buy here.

Now it's time to go and visit my fellow hoppers, there's a chance to win a prize with each comment you leave! Click the button at the top to see the prizes and the full line up.

Day 2 - Nov.6th

The Crafter's Apprentice (c'est moi!)Jane's Fabric and Quilts
Rosemary B
Why-Knot-Kwilt
Random Thoughts..do or "di"
Mary T.
Supermom No Cape
Lily Pad Quilting
.Quiltscapes.
Stitch, Stitch, Stitch
Rose Creations
The Treehouse
Gracie Oliver Arts
Quilting Prolifically
Stekje
Grammie Q's

112 comments:

supermomnocape said...

I'm so glad you were able to make those frames fit on the purses. They turned out lovely!

Carla Bynum said...

Hi!!! WOW!!! WONDERFUL!!! You sure were busy!!! I love the little red fabric and all the fussy cuts you did!!! Glad you let us know the gluing wasn't much fun!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

Judy B said...

Oh my, what a wonderful collection of coin purses! Love the goat at the sewing machine. Thank you for sharing. I don't have a blog. jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net

Grammasheri said...

Ah, so many lovely purselets and so much inspiration! Terrific fabric pairings and some beading, too! I love that you showed the "mistakes" too. Made it fun and REAL! Hmmm...maybe I can take some photos of my red, needle-pricked fingers and add to my post when it's my turn. :D

Katherine said...

Not only have you whipped up some cute as can be coin purses... may I say I loved how creative you were with the pattern (sashiko! beading! applique!)! Clever you.
I also found myself chuckling... over the thread, the glue, and the less than perfects. ;o)

Thanks so much for being a part of the hop. Sure

UR Priceless!

Theresa said...

Wow you made such a lot of beautiful purses - the green Sashiko one is my favourite, just gorgeous.

Sue said...

I love the Sashiko purse! It is so pretty!

memmens said...

Wow that's a whole lot of purses -well done

Anna said...

Lovely ! All of them !
Have a nice day !
Anna

Pam said...

When I first saw the top green fabric, I thought the white was part of the fabric pattern. I love the stitching you have done!!! Great going on making so many fabulous coin purses. My favourites are the Little Red Riding Hood and the Michael Millar with seed beads.

Madame Samm said...

What a lovely collection...your choices of fabrics very sweet

Quiltin' Jenny said...

I love your fussy cut little bags - so clever with what you made sure was on the sides! I barely thought of that.

Thanks for the heads up on the glued frames. I was wondering if they were any easier but will steer clear.

gpc said...

Your purses are beautiful! I'm not part of the Hop but I bought the pattern and made a couple -- you have definitely inspired me to make more!

beaquilter said...

wow! that's a LOT of purses, they are all awesome and lovely in their own way.

Thearica said...

Love those linen fabrics!! You sure were a busy little coin purse maker! :)

And the one you abandoned should be finished.. the way the sides fold once the hardware is put on, you will never see those creases.

Cathy said...

All your little purses are beautiful! I love your fabric choices.

Joanne Lendaro said...

they are perfect!! great job!

Sandy said...

Marvelous collection! You are steps ahead with Christmas gifts!

Kerry said...

Wow, you've made loads! I have a soft spot for the sashiko one, one day I will try that technique.

piece peace said...

That is a lovely bunch of coin purses. Well done!

Joyce said...

Love, Love the fussy cutting...great fabric!

JLVerde said...

Dang, you really churned out the coin purses.

I appreciate that you showed your duds, too. It's reassuring to know everyone messes up projects from time to time.

The more of these coin purses I see, the more I want to make one!

Linda said...

Your purses are all just great! I had a few problems with mine, too, but I think that's part of the learning process! You did a wonderful job!

Cherry said...

What beautiful little purses!

littlelixie said...

That sashiko is beautiful. I've done squares of it before but always shy away from cutting it up. You may have prompted me to overcome that!

JCnNC said...

Each little purse is so unique - such variety. UR Priceless and creative. Judy C

Allie said...

Oh my those are way too cute, girl, trust you to make so many - love them all!!!! That sashiko has to be my fave though. I'm so amazed with you!

Pierro said...

Rosemary B here:
I hope you do not live near me, because I would come right over and steal that little one with the goat at the sewing machine!
All of your purses are super adorable and excessively cute, but I also love the cuppiecake.
thank you for sharing your creativity

Judith said...

Wendy you are amazing and creative. Darling coin purses. Love them all and beautiful fabric. Thank you for sharing...Judith, Texas

Pierro said...

Rosemary B here: yeah another comment. I love how you make those snowflakes. that is too tedious for me but wow. My mom used to make lace and she made a lot of very fine pieces.
Just lovely.
I am following your blog now because your creativity gives me heart palpitations lol

Rosa said...

Wow,these are absolutely wonderful.Love them all!

Mommarock said...

I love these little purses, my fear is the sewing in of the clasps. I think it would be so difficult it is the part that scares me.

Gill said...

Wow! you have been busy!
Great purses - thanks for sharing!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I think each one is just wonderful

sew.darn.quilt said...

You did a great job with these cute little purses, I like the blue polka dots, very sweet.

pinsandneedles said...

Love the sashiko coin purse! Beautiful!

Mary said...

Your little purses turned out cute!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Your coin purses are SO cute!! Great job!

Debbie said...

Wow! So fun to see it in such a variety of fabrics! Love the sashiko one!

patchouli moon studio said...

Wonderful purses! Wow you made a lot. I made 5 myself , but seeing so many great ones I want to make some more too. Thanks for sharing your pretties.

Agnes B Bullock said...

LOVE what you did! These are fabulous! Beading too-

Favorite is the sewing themed one, but they are all simply wonderful!

JoJo said...

WOW!!!! How long did it take to make all of them? How long on average does it take to make just one?

Fignie said...

They look simply adorable!!! GREAT job!!

Pat Converse said...

Great variety..good job.

Mara said...

I love the beading you did on the Michael Miller fabric, wonderful and probably so time consuming. Great Job.

Tanyia said...

these are absolutely adorable! You did a great job.

Just Carol said...

This was a very fun visit to your blog...a great way to start my day! I love all the beading, fabrics, and fussy cutting, plus your explanations were right on about the sewing (so funny.) As for gluing, I have to have supervision when using a glue gun. LOL Thanks for sharing!

SIMPLESEW said...

Adorable and very creative.

deborah said...

WOW, some wonderful creations!!!

Laura said...

Those are all adorable. I especially love the Little Red Riding Hood one.

Vickie said...

Girl you outdid yourself! How Creative!

StitchinByTheLake said...

So cute - all of them! I'm not sure I could pick a favorite but maybe Red Riding Hood....or the Babushka Doll. :) Guess I just love little girls! blessings, marlene

Jeanie said...

What a great line up! I like the sashiko and the sewing goat the best. I haven't tried the glue on ones yet, were they easier or harder? Thanks for the show!

Corrie said...

Nice Nice job!

Missy Shay said...

I think the cupcake one is my favorite! I love how each one looks so different! You've been a busy bee!

Sallie said...

Great job! These would make great gifts! Thanks for participating in the hop!

BeachQuilter said...

Wow! You had some fun with this. I like so many of them...great inspiration!

BassetMom said...

I love the sashiko purse. All of them are very cute but that one is my favorite.

Debbie said...

I love that you used all different fabrics (don't worry about not finding the clasps I had to order mine through Hong Kong too. I love the little red and the goat for some strange reason. Tell us more on how the no sew units went together.

Sandra :) said...

WOW that's a gorgeous collection of little purses - I'm glad you figured out how to make them - I wasn't able to, and had to pawn off completion of mine onto Nancy, lol!! Actually it was more a matter that my fiddly fingers just couldn't manipulate things properly, but regardless - that is not a technique I can do!

Britt-Inger said...

So many beautiful and cute purses you have made.Thanks for sharing
Britt-Inger in Sweden

B Greene said...

I love see ing all your different versions - Red Riding Hood is my fave! Thanks for sharing!

sandra said...

What a cute collection of purses, they are each adorable in their own right and I would love to receive any of them if I were a friend. Good job but they sure look addicting.

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

You have been busy! Love the fabrics with sewing motifs. The goat one would make a sweet travel sewing kit. Great idea to add applique. Thanks for sharing.

Kerryp77 said...

They are amazing, love the sashiko one, beautiful shade of green linen

Els said...

Wouw wat a lot of coin purses and you make them so beautifull!!!

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

What a pretty assortment of little purses..TFS!!

Carrie P. said...

even though you had some issues with making your purses they sure did turn out cute. thanks for sharing.

Linda said...

WOW! You have been busy..they are great. I love the special touches you put on each one!

The Slow Quilter said...

Wow!! I thought I had the coin purse making bet, put you are way ahead of me. Your bags are so precious. Love them all.

Maria Kievit said...

You really must have a lot of change laying around to fill all these little purses! Wonderful job, and thanks for sharing.

Pauline said...

Super yummie, lovely sweet coin purses, a big cheer for you! thanks for showing!

Marci Girl said...

WOW, so many awesome ones, but I will say that the sewing goat is THE BEST!

Patti said...

I'm feeling like a slacker! All so gorgeous, and your sashiko stitching is wonderful. I had to laugh, because I have that goats sewing fabric too!

Kathy H said...

Those purses are so cute. And you were able to make so many of them. Great inspiration.

Cyndi loves to stitch said...

Hi, what a GREAT assortment here. I love that you shared the trials and tribulations.... at one point because of thread breakage(yea, me too, not that brand, but same prob) I seriously thought about gluing a sew on type frame on my purse.. .....After reading your post, I am so glad I perservered and sewed it on..!!!! The only thing that stopped me was the idea of those crazy hot glue strings that are everywhere and possibly hot glue on fingertips. yikes. Being a stitcher my favorite is the sashiko, it is BEAUTIFUL!!! and sewing around the beads did present a challenge, but they added some fun touches!! So glad I got to see what you've fun been up to. Cyndi

ljeanne said...

I like the way you fussy cut your fabric. I wish I had a scrap of the Little Red Riding Hood - it is cute fabric!

Little Treasures said...

I was actually drooling over the gorgeous fabric of the purses!!! And the stitching seems perfect if you ask me !

Kim said...

WOW Wendy!!! Holy smokes! You're just going full speed ahead with all those awesome coin purses. They are all beautiful. I am trying to get myself to finish my second. It's not that I don't want to, it's squeezing in some time :-)

Gunilla said...

I like the all!!!!
Gunilla in Sweden

LJ said...

Oh, dear. Sorry to hear that you had so many difficulties with this little coin purse(s). You got so many cute ones; if you hadn't told, I wouldn't have known. Love the sashiko technique one the very best.

Debi said...

What wonderful coin purses! I love your bunnies too, so sweet:)

Trudi said...

Wow! You really went for it! Love them! But little red wins it for me! Gorgeous!

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

Great job'''Love the beads.

Smiles,
Kelly

Celtic Thistle said...

You really did embrace the purse-making challenge! I love your fussy-cut purses. Are these for your craft fair?

barbara woods said...

great purses

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

I just love your parade of purses. you fabrics are just darling. I also love the use of the cute buttons. great job!

Melinda said...

Love all your little purses. You have been busy!

♥Duff said...

a-freakin-dorable, not that I expected anything less. I was just pondering the idea of upcycling a sweater (oh, you've started something fierce, lass!)to make my purse. I think the sashiko one is amazingly beautiful and you should treasure it for all time!

Susan said...

Thanks for sharing your successes and learning curve! I appreciate it. I am going to give these a try and your hints will help greatly.

Connie said...

What a neat group of coin purses! You really made a lot of them and they look great!

jmniffer said...

Great job! You are an over-achiever! They are all wonderful but the beaded one is extra special. Thanks for sharing.

Rose E. Glasses said...

For feeling challenged, you certainly enjoyed making several coin purses! Very impressive.

Needled Mom said...

Beautiful little purses. It would be hard to choose a favorite, but I love tha gorgeous Sashiko.

giddy99 said...

WOW! That's a lot of purses, and they're darling! I really appreciate the honest review, too. :)

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Oh! Lots of wonderful detail work! I love the sashiko one, the little Red Riding Hood and the Matroyshka doll print so much! How fun!

Blessings & Aloha!
I am at our daughter, son in law, and grandbaby's home visiting, but wanted to stop by and check out the amazing coin purses!

Quilt n Queen said...

Wow, what a wonderful parade of coin purse cuteness. It is hard to pick a favorite...I'm going to say the sashiko wins. Great job...thanks for sharing in the hop!!

CeLynn said...

You sure have been super busy! They are all so pretty,but my favorites are the paisley with beads and little Red... Awesome job!

Joanne said...

Wow! You've been busy. Thanks for sharing your wonderful creations with us today,

Janarama said...

Sorry to hear you had a little trouble with the coin purses. But they sure did turn out great. Love the embellishments.

mary mahoo said...

What cute wee purses! Thanks for sharing with us. (Love your shashiko!)

Debra Lee said...

Personally, I love the sewing goat!

Snoodles said...

Awesome purses....my jaw dropped when I saw the beading!

MoeWest said...

You did a great job on all of these! I love the sashiko and the beading you did.

Rebeckah Austin said...

I love all the purses you made. Thae are wonderful! I need to make more myself as I was only able to make 1 for the hop. The framer were expensive so I ont biught 1 for now. I need to do some research online to find cheaper ones. :)

Mrs.Pickles said...

lovely work thanks for sharing!

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

-lovely purses and so cute fabrics, thanks for sharing!

Kate Brown said...

I love the fabrics you chose and your fussy cutting makes them just perfect!

Denise :) said...

How cute these are!! I particularly liked the stitched one...and your embellished bags. Very sweet!! :)

Abbigail said...

What wonderful little purses!
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Celine said...

You have certainly been busy... Your purses are absolutely gorgeous. I wouldn't know which one to choose. Well done!

Jillayne said...

These are absolutely adorable! I love the little green sashiko one - what a perfect thing to do with that. Beautifully done Wendy... it won't be long before you'll have to change your blog title from "The Crafter's Apprentice" to "The Master Craftsman"!