My sister and her daughter share May as their birthday month. Back in February, I found this awesome pattern for a cute purse. When I saw it, I immediately decided that I would make one for my sister’s birthday. After work one evening, I stopped by JoAnn Fabrics to purchase the fabric. Not sure if I’m the only who is indecisive, but when I’m standing in front of tons of beautiful fabric, I have a hard time finding the one. So, I was tricky. I snapped a few pictures of fabrics that I liked and texted them to her to get her thought. She LOVED them! And then she proceeded to ask what I was making. Not wanting to lie, I simply told her a purse and left it at that.
Since I hadn’t sewn anything from a real pattern since my 4-H years many, many, many moons ago, I decided that I needed to make a practice one from scrap fabric that I had. The pattern was quick and easy and I had my practice purse done in an evening. It looked great!
But… I wasn’t convinced I had mastered the pattern yet, so I made another one from left over fabric from the aprons I made for my other two nieces. That purse turned out great, too! Better, actually.
After two successful practice purses, I made the real deal for my sister. And it too, looked fabulous!
When I saw how cute practice purse #2 was, I decided that would be the perfect gift my niece who was turning 9 this year. Two gifts, for two special people were completed.
(I made a few changes from the original pattern in that I secured the strap so that it was internally attached rather than externally attached. I liked the look of it better. Hopefully you decide to make this purse and love it as much as I have!)
-The Handmade 365