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As a Martha Pullen licensed sewing teacher I love to learn new sewing techniques and I equally enjoy teaching sewing techniques to others.  You can also find me teaching Bernina Customer Courses at my local Bernina dealer.  In addition, I demonstrate Stampin' Up products.  I am a servant of the Lord of Lords and King of Kings, wife of one, mom of two, and grandma of five.  Welcome to my sewing and crafting studio!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Bonbon Purse


Hello, hello, sewists!
Thanks so much for stopping by today.
The pattern and instructions for these sweet little purses
is in the Spring issue of 
Classic Sewing Magazine

This green version was my first attempt and,
as you can see,
the monogram is oversized for the purse flap


The flap is is an in-the-hoop design and the fabric measures 5" x 5"
I've completed enough in-the-hoop embroidery projects to know that the finished
design will be less than the 5" x 5" size,
but I threw caution to the wind, and just added a 2" monogram - don't do that!

By the time the design finishes stitching around the edges and the flap
is sewn onto the purse and curves slightly over the top of the bag,
a good portion of the embroidable space is consumed in the construction process

I changed the size of the monogram to 3/4" on my second version:
much better!

Soft and stable foam is used to give the purse body and structure,
so these binding clips are more effective than pins at
holding those layers together

One change I made to the original instructions was to add 'D' rings
on which to attach the handle
The 'D' rings allow the handle to hang nicer
and they give a more polished look to the purse than just
sewing the ends of the handle into the side seams as instructed in the pattern

Assembly time on these little sweeties is about 2 hours each
and they are very, very small
A perfect size for your little toddler to store her
miniature toy figurines or other valuables

Have a terrific stitching week, my friends.