Thursday, June 21, 2012

Frame purse!

After learning how to make a frame purse at the retreat, I think we've all gone a little frame purse mad. My friends Nikky and Helen have started up a frame purse swap (sorry, its full now), and I'm quite excited to be making for my partner!


This is my mosaic... not sure which way my secret partner will go, but I'm sure it will be fab whatever!


Mosaic for Frame Purse swap


Anyway, I thought I better get some practice in. And its my Sister's birthday this weekend and I couldn't think of anything to get her. I know. Its totally lame. But she has everything already!


Frame Purse!


Here I have combined my new found love of embroidery, with my long standing love of Anna Maria Horner :o)


Frame Purse!


The outer rose print is from Innocent Crush, and the inner is a Riley Blake fabric, So Sophie dots.


Frame Purse!


I put this frame purse together slightly differently to how we were taught. I tried to do it like you would a normal bag, so you sew all the layers together and turn through a hole in the lining. While that does leave you with a slightly un-sightly join in the lining, it makes the exposed corners of the purse much nicer looking, and all the seams are hidden. 



Frame Purse!


This method does obviously use a little more fabric taking into account the seam allowance, so if you're gonna try it, I suggest adding extra SA to the top of the template. I didnt, and this one is okay, but a little tight.

17 comments:

  1. U handbag's website have great free downloads for making turned through frame purses and how to draft patterns. It's what I've been using and worth a look. Your frame is lovely though.

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  2. I meant pouch lol not that the frame isn't lovely too ;-)

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  3. Great pouch and present. I think your sister should be happy. I've been thinking about doing what you did and was then thinking about how to add the seam allowance, and my brain exploded so that ended that!

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  4. I really like the little embroidered touches on the purse. It really lifts it from the lovely to the beautiful. I have often though that turning through would work better, but I hadn't yet tried it because all my patterns were for the non-turned through versions. Next time I make a purse I'm going to fiddle with my templates!

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  5. Good job Lauli! Not a dribble of glue anywhere! It looks proper grown up stylish. :-)

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  6. that's lovely - thanks for the tip about hiding the seams

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  7. Gorgeous - lucky sister! My top tip is to do what you did as in sewing right sides together etc, but I didn't leave a gap in my lining but in the top seam where you glue and insert into the frame - then once turned right side out I stitched both sides of the top which closes the opening but also holds it all tight together for when shoving it in the frame. Does that make any sense? I know what I'm doing anyway!

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  8. Much better way to construct these framed purses LJ! At the workshop I was thinking 'there must be a better way' and then Ceri said about making it like a handbag - lightbulb moment! I don't think I'd ever do the raw edge/glue thing again - what a mess!! Jxo

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  9. I bet your sister will love it :-) Such pretty colours.

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  10. Your purse is lovely, I am going to have to try these one day soon.

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  11. I really appreciate the tip. I'm about to get started on mine and this will help! The pattern for my little coin purse (blogged) uses your method. Yours is lovely!

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  12. See, now I probably added too much seam allowance and it was too big for the frame!

    Love yours though x

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  13. It looks really lovely. I need to get started on my swap purse this weekend too, so thanks for the tip

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  14. The pouch is so cure! Love the fabric and your embroidery work =D

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  15. I love the purse - did your sister like it? So glad you're enjoying the swap - phew!

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  16. Cool touch with the embroidery, love it!

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  17. Well done - was going to suggest you turn through at the top but someone already suggested it! Then you get a nice lining and all is lovey inside!

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