Do you have a Christmas purse? Something special you only use in December? Now is the time while you have all your Christmas fabrics pulled out to make a Christmas purse or tote. I’ll bet you have some purse patterns too, just waiting to become your next project, or maybe you purchased a pattern you just loved but didn’t get to it just yet. Well, why not now! You can make a holiday purse using any purse pattern you currently own just make it in holiday prints or colors.
I used a Christmas tapestry purse that I made years ago for a long time, and I made a shopping bag to go with it. I carried it last year too, but the handle is getting a bit frayed. But, the snap frame makes it a great clutch, so I’ll cut those handles off and continue using it. Is this not the best tapestry for the holidays?
I always get a lot of comments while shopping when I carry this large tote, especially at the outdoor flea markets. It is perfect to carry purchases, and I don’t have to deal with a lot of plastic bags. I put a long set of handles on it that hang nicely on my shoulder out of the way. Naturally, the thrift freak in me has to shop for vintage where I can, and the tote is strong enough for dishes or Santa figurines, or whatever treasures I find. Here is a look at the other side of both bags. Both have seams on the bottom to accommodate the one-way print.
This year I published my first purse pattern, The Charleston Bag. Of course I had to have it in Christmas colors! The Charleston bag is a roomy purse with an inside pocket, completely finished by machine, no hand sewing!
Of course, the first place to start is to gather those Christmas fabrics.
Cutting out the pieces, the pattern has all the parts quilted before assembly. I load them all together and quilt across several in one pass.
The bag has a gathered bottom for a more room and capacity.
You could leave it basic with a cute print on the yoke…
but the Charleston pattern is made for some bead trim, found in the upholstery department.
The addition of the swinging beads is so festive! Makes me think of Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed dancing the Charleston in It’s A Wonderful Life, can’t you just hear the music?
Would you like to make one of these? Click on My Patterns page to purchase my pattern.
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