Monday, August 19, 2013

Framed


This weekend I tackled my very first frame purse, and overall I think we can call this a positive experience. My fingers are still pretty sore after sewing the bag into the frame last night, but otherwise it was fairly painless. The frame is a large one -- about 13" from one end to the other -- so this is a full size handbag, not just a coin purse. I'm not going to pretend that this was the best sewing job I've ever done -- that visible hand stitching on the lining around the inside of the frame makes me a little antsy -- but for a first attempt, it turned out okay. I used this tutorial to draft my pattern and sew the bag together, adding in an extra layer of Pellon 70 interfacing to help the bag stand up the way I wanted it to.


I enjoyed pairing Anna Maria Horner's Field Study print with one from Juliana Horner's new Rosette collection. The colors look so perfect together and I love the mother-daughter connection. I added a wood grain print from Aviary 2 for the handles which seemed like more fun than buying a set of wooden handles for the top.

This bag is packed and ready for fall. Now if the weather would just cooperate...

12 comments:

  1. Very nice! Did you follow a pattern? I am on the look out for one! I bought a frame at the festival of quilts, but haven't planned my project yet...

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  2. You did a great job. My first frame purse was a sticky gluey mess by the end!

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  3. Oh I love it Heidi! I was wondering about the handles - they almost look like leather.I have made one sewn in bag. I used polyfilament because my stitching looked terrible. Yours looks great. Even though it was hard - I think I prefer it to the glued in type.
    great job. cute!
    xo jan

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  4. Oh I love that fabric combo! I have some of that Juliana Horner print for a tunic for my daughter. I love it!

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  5. That looks great. And I like your idea for handles.

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  6. This is so great! I've never tried one. Glad it turned out so well for you

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  7. Very cute! I love both fabrics.

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  8. I really like this bag! The fabric choices are wonderful.

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  9. Another lovely bag Heidi. Good on you! I'm not game to try one of those tricky looking frames yet! Love your fabric choices.

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  10. Very cute! I'm impressed. I always wondered how those frames got attached... will have to check out the tutorial.

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  11. I really lurve your choice of fabrics! And thank you so much for the link to the tutorial! Jen

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