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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!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Gabby Handbag



Here is a look at my newest handbag.
I used the Gabby Bag sewing pattern from #emmalinebags
There is also a closer look video at the end of this post.


The main fabric is cotton/linen canvas from #cottonandsteel
For the accent portion at the top of the bag, I used an upholstery fabric sample.
My friend, Kim, gave me a stack of samples that were used by a sales rep.
They are not large samples, but they are perfect for bag accents.
Thanks, Kim!
The bag lining is quilting cotton.
There is a slip pocket on one side of the interior.
I used the fly stitch to add strength to the top of the pocket openings.
The other side of the interior has a zipper pocket.
There is lots of room inside this great handbag,
but don't get me wrong,
it is no means the size of a large tote.
There is a time and a place for a tote,
but there is also a need for a handy,
everyday size purse,
and that's what the Gabby Bag is!
There is also a zipper pocket on the outside of the purse.
I love how the lining fabric accents the zipper opening.
The clever gusset on each end is a nice detail.
The way the side tapers up to the top is so attractive.
The pattern includes instructions for fabric handle tabs and zipper ends,
but I chose to use hardware in antique brass.
The hardware adds a professional finish to this handmade beauty.
I can see myself sewing up another one of these handbags this fall.
I love the pattern and the instructions are clear and easy to follow.
The difficulty rating is intermediate, but I think a confident beginner could sew this one.

Who doesn't need another handbag in their wardrobe?