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Archive for July 2, 2012

Mountaineer Girl Purse Tutorial

I’ve decided to call this purse the Mountaineer Girl Purse because of the colors! They are the colors of the WVU Mountaineers! 🙂 My favorite college football team! I can’t wait for the season to start!

Thinking about painting that door navy blue….. I hate the blah brown. 

What I used –

Less than a 1/2 yard of main

Same amount of lining 

Scraps for pocket

Scraps for handle


The main fabric is what I won from Handmade by Hilani. The scraps for the handle were left over from the  What a Hoot skirt . 

Here we go!

Step 1 – I finished one edge of the main fabric. 2 of the edges were selvage and the other was pinked. The one unfinished edge was already starting to fray. 

Set that aside for now.

Step 2 – Turn in the edges of scraps (on 3 sides)  for the pocket and press. 

Step 3 – Turn up bottom and turn down top to create a pocket with a top. Press.

Step 4 – Sew up the edges and down the middle creating 2 pockets in 1. I also added some Velcro here for the closure. 

Step 5 – Pin the pocket to your lining. (The right side if you have one.) In hindsight I should have also stitched under the top of the pocket. Oh, well…)

Step 6 – Sew pocket to lining. 

Set that aside for now.

Step 7 –  Run a gathering stitch across the top of your main fabric. To run a gathering stitch on my machine I set the stitch length and the space between stitches to the highest settings. The I just pull slightly as the machine runs the stitch. 

Step 8 – Pin the main fabric to the lining, right sides together. 

I pinned the bottom into pleats. 

Step 9 – Sew the top, 1 side and bottom together and cut off the extra from the side seam.

Step 10 –  Turn right side out and with right sides together, pin bottom and side together.  Sew bottom and open side. 

Turn right side out.

Step 11 – Cut a strip as long as the opening of your purse by 4″ wide. 

Step 12 –  Fold up a 1/4″ on the top and the bottom. Press.

Step 13 – Fold down the middle (long ways) and press.

Step 14 – Open up and pin to the top edges of the purse. Sew in place.

Tuck one end under the other. The fold the remaining end under and tuck inside.

Step 15 – Cut a piece of scraps for your handle as long as you like by 8″ wide. 

Step 16 – Fold in half (right sides together), press, pin and  sew.

Step 17 – Turn the fabric tube right side out. Flatten out with seam down the middle and press.

Step 18 – Fold in half (length wise) and press.

Step 19 – Open up and fold ends in. Press.

Step 20 – Sew a straight line down both sides of strap.

Step 21 – Pin straps to purse and sew them on!

You are DONE!!!!

If you try this, let me know!! I would love to see it!! And, as always, let me know if you found this easy to follow!!

Sorry, Carol! The cats were behaving themselves today. 😉

Linking up to Adorned From Above

Retro Butterick ’47 Is DONE!!!!

YAY!! It’s all done! 🙂 Well, I think I need to add a couple of snaps above the zipper, but other than that, IT’S DONE! 🙂

As you can see, there’s a bit of a gap over on my left side where the zipper is located. I’ll just add a couple of snaps there above the zipper and it’ll be just right! 🙂

Apparently this is pattern is very flattering for my body type. As soon as I came downstairs d said, “Ooh! It makes you look thinner!” I may need to make 10 or 100 more from this pattern. 😉

Check out those shoes!! Those are the pair that I got FREE from Sears for using my reward points!! YAY!!

Here’s a back view of the Retro Butterick ’47 B5209

The dress is a little bunchy in the back but that’s due to me being so short-waisted! LOL

So, there’s another vintage/retro pattern to mark as done! YAY!

Next up will be my purse. And if things go well I’ll be posting a tutorial for that tonight or tomorrow. Wish me luck! 😉

Here are the fabrics I’ll be using.

I had a lovely navy blue that I wanted to use but it picked up SOOOOO much lint that I decided not to use it! The blue here is what is left over from the What a Hoot skirt and the gold and cream is what I won from Handmade by Hilani. I’m a little nervous about this… I have never made a purse before and I don’t think it will be as simple as d’s bag…. But I’m gonna try! 😉

I think after the purse and tops for me I will make some play clothes for the cs. I’ll be sure to post tutorials when I do!


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