Category Archives: Bags & Purses

Finally finished….

To finish my little clasp purses, I needed my Textile glue.   I ordered it and it was shipped the same day, June 6.  It finally arrived June 26 after traveling from the UK! This morning I was able finally able to glue my purses into their frames.  Below are the large purses, clasp purses, and little corky wallets.


Surprise for my students….

This will be a school year neither my students’ families or teachers will forget!  From temporary closure for pandemic (only practice packets) to full blown closure leading to distance learning (learning continues…).  We have lost loved one’s, friends and family, and still do not know where we are headed for fall.

I made each of my students a personal pouch with each of their names.  The fabric was chosen because I wanted my students to know, even in the darkest of moments their light continues to shine in this world.  This week was their final pick-up/drop-off of materials at school.  I have waited to post this picture, until the scheduled days were over.

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This weeks project….clutch purses

These little clutch purses use a 6″ x 3″ frame.  The designs and pattern are from “Handbags 2: Designer Knockoffs”  by Eileen Roche and Nancy Zieman.   Nancy Zieman died almost 2 years ago now.  For those of us that grew-up sewing, many of us learned from Nancy.  Her show, “Sewing with Nancy” can still be viewed on YouTube Eileen Roche was frequently a gust on Nancy’s Zieman’s show and is the owner of Dime Designs.   In addition to their book, their were 2 episodes on Sewing with Nancy, for their designer handbags.

Below are pictures of  the clutches I am currently making.  Note the ribbon accent on the clutch purse.  It is a quarter inch ribbon that is edged stitched in the hoop and then a candlewicking stitch is added down the center of the ribbon.

The purse, which I have made several times, has an outside pocket with a beautiful scalloped edge.  I have the purses as gifts and also donated to charity auctions.