Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Purse No.1

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This is my first go at sewing in a zip and making a purse. I mainly followed The Zip Pouch tutorial in Amy Karol's Bend The Rules Sewing with a little bit of this tutorial from the Purl Bee. I used my zipper foot for the first time, but I don't know if I'm doing it right as it seemed to be slightly pointless. It appeared to be just as easy to use my regular foot. Hmm. Will have to look a bit deeper into that one. The fabric is Frippery Bundle Pink by Kathy Hall, and bought from Fabric Rehab. It also comes in green/blue. The purple zip cost the grand total of 17p from Fabric Land, and the orange thread is just some I had in my sewing basket. It measures approx 16.5x12.5cm.

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I sewed in the lining by hand using a slip stitch as the delightful Ms. Karol suggests. As I said yesterday, I made a few more of these using different ways of sewing in the zip and the lining, but I think I prefer this way, even if it takes a little longer. It looks neater and you have a bit more control over where precisely the lining fits on to the tape.

All in all, I'm rather chuffed. Actually, for the reasons above, I think I prefer this first attempt over the later ones I made, which I'll share tomorrow.

3 comments:

Deb said...

hello em. your purse looks great. its funny what you say about the sewing foot, i find it easier with the zipper foot. i found a way to sew in the lining and outer fabric together at the same time. i have tried explaining it to cat but i will have to attempt to do a tutorial sometime.dx.

Catherine said...

Looks good! :0)
As Deb says, she's tried explaining her method to me, but I cannot get my head around it. I need to find a way of sewing zip purses so that the top corners are neat and square like yours is here...mine always always end up bulky and rounded off, kind of puckered in and down.
Don't suppose you'd mind emailing me your secret?!

Emm@ said...

I can email you the tutorial I followed, if you like, Cat. I'll send it over tomorrow x