I’ve been working nonstop on Belle’s purse for the past few hours. I’ve put in the lining (with a pocket!) and a zipper. The zipper was actually easier than I thought it would be. The only thing left to do is the strap. I meant to put it in before the lining but I was distracted while doing the purse (when am I ever not distracted when trying to craft something?) and I didn’t realize it until I was halfway through sewing in the zipper. I’m going to make the strap and put it on and then I’ll update with pictures.
I’m working on finishing Belle’s purse. Now that I’ve dug into my fabric stash to make diapers, I’ve found more fabric that I can line the purse with. I’ve got a pattern that will go great with the color of the purse, so I’m excited again. I’m going to try to finish it today so look forward to pictures tomorrow.
This will be my first big project since making Belle’s afghan. I figure that Belle will play with her purse for about a year, maybe even two, so I want to make it in a way that will be fun for her now and in a year when she’s more advanced with her play.
I spent some time looking at other bags on Ravelry (I love Ravelry! If you crochet or knit and you haven’t joined, you should!) and I’ve decided on a few extras I’d like to make for the bag. My main points:
- Lining. I think this makes all the difference. In the past when I’ve heard of crocheted or knit purses, I blew the idea off because while cute it seemed impractical. Adding a lining means pockets and a more sophisticated look.
- Pockets. As stated above, this pushes the bag up to another level for me. Since this is a purse for a 1½ year old, I’ll just add one or two pockets with no snaps or zippers. I might do velcro on one pocket.
- Fabric straps. I think these will be more durable and again, I like the look better than crocheted straps. I have some Tinkerbell fabric that I bought to use for Belle but couldn’t figure out a use for, it will be perfect for the lining and straps.
This bag‘s fabric straps and lining are what I’m aiming for. Though I’ll make the straps all fabric and no crochet. I don’t know whether I’ll add a zipper as I don’t know how to do it. Also, Belle might get frustrated with it. I like the butterfly embellishment on this bag and the flower on this bag. The heart on this bag looks pretty simple which is a plus since Belle is still prone to putting things in her mouth. If I do a butterfly it won’t be able to have beads which is most of the charm of it.
I’ve gotten started on the bag now (I’ve been working on this post in between dealing with the needs and demands of the kids). Belle picked a pretty green acrylic from my stash. Well, I held out two colors and prodded her towards the green as I thought it was prettier and would go with the Tinkerbell fabric better. The fabric looks a bit like the print used for this smocked material. I have some nicer yarn but for a toddler purse I think acrylic is the way to go for the easy clean. So far I’ve gotten about half the bottom done. I’d like to add this Tinkerbell applique but I’m feeling ambitious and at this point I’m not going to buy it, I’m going to try to embroider it.
This purse is going to be great. I wish it were closer to Christmas as this would be a hit at Christmas. Maybe I’ll make more.
I’m in a crafty mood as of late. The heat and business of the summer has prevented me from doing much crafting. It is hard to have a handful of fabric or yarn when it is over 100 degrees outside. But with fall fast approaching, my hands have started itching to create.
I used my Darling Diaper pattern and made my first pocket diaper the other day. It was an emergency diaper so quite a few mistakes were made. I put the wrong side on the outside, didn’t reinforce the pocket area enough, and I put the velcro in the wrong place and had to make more tabs. I didn’t have time to find my stitch cutter so I left the others on which is not pretty. But, it works and Belle seemed to think it was comfortable. All I did was one layer of fleece and one layer of flannel. I just stitched those together as I forgot to turn it. I stuffed it with a hand towel that I’d gotten on sale in the spring. I improvised a doubler by laying another towel inside the diaper. This lasted the entire night and when Belle got up, it hadn’t leaked. That is great because she’s taken to taking off her diapers and throwing them across the room when she feels wetness.
I plan to make another pocket diaper, the right way, tomorrow.
I’ve put the Christmas presents to the side and am working on crocheting a purse for Belle. As I love the way the Easy Peasy Crochet Bag can be customized, I’m going to use the tutorial for Belle’s purse. I’m thinking of making some type of felt embellishments, but I haven’t decided on that yet.