Every once in a while, I get a hankering to be crafty. Often, I can get it out of my system with a day of card-making or even some gardening or baking. But today, I wanted to delve into it a little bit more.
I miss sewing.
I used to be quite good at it. I remember when I was young, maybe 10? my mom signed me up for a sewing class in someone’s basement (help me out, here, Mom) and we made an apron, as I recall. A blue one, with white and blue striped straps, for a gift for my stepdad. I’ve made costumes, and clothing and a cute bib and diapers – scads and scads of diapers.
A few years ago, for Valentine’s Day, Ross bought me a refurbished Kenmore 1560. This thing is from the early 80s, and after a hunt online, I found the manual and now am very good friends with it. Today, I made a button hole with it! My very first button hole.
And what was I putting a button on?
A new purse for me!
Because I needed another new purse. Well, sort of. This one is teeny and goes nicely with a dress I am wearing to a wedding this weekend.
I used the Buttercup Bag pattern found at Made By Rae. I used some scraps I had kicking around – the outside is a cotton canvas in natural with dark navy blue stripes.
Inside features some silky blue/green/turquoise leftovers from ties I made at Christmas, and a double slip pocket using the canvas. It is a good size for carrying your keys, wallet, and cell phone. Or perhaps some crayons.
Those crayons, by the way, are awesome for toddlers and I highly recommend them. I got them at Pedagogy Toys here in Sapperton. They were about $10 for 10, but they will last ages.
It is a nice size. Petite.
And fits nicely under my arm.
The pattern actually calls for the use of a magnetic snap – but those things left a bad taste in my mouth when a purse I once owned demagnetized every card I owned, so I opted instead for a matching royal blue button. Hence, getting to use the button holing feature on my sewing machine!
I made this purse to match a dress I bought, that is light and airy and will be perfect for a mountain top wedding. However, I need assistance, readers. Which shoes? The grey ones are comfy like slippers, but the black probably looks better. Thoughts? I will also be adding a cardigan for if it gets cool. I have a black one that fits beautifully, but I also have a red and orange one that is bright and colourful, but it is striped. I also have a turquoise/green shrug.