16 August 2011
I really wanted a new purse. My old one really needed a wash, and there were a few things that really bugged me about it. I have been eyeing Anna's 241 Tote for a while, and finally bought my pattern and made one. I actually made it before we moved, but like many things, I forgot to blog about it!
Here it is from the back:
My sister-in-law gave me the fun polka dot twill fabric. It matched some left over chambray I had from Dolly's skirt. The teal came from a giveaway I won. I think they work well together! The lining is a light blue Kona cotton. I already had the zippers, snap, and findings on hand. I added two snap clips into seams. The first in an outer pocket to hang onto my keys.
The second I tucked just inside the strap to hang onto my cell phone cozy.
I did add some reinforcement in the lining where the magnetic snap would go. On my last purse attempt, the fabric puckered around the snap, and it really annoyed me. I actually interfaced a piece of fabric, and then stitched it in place.
I also made a small pocket to hold business cards. Here is the cell phone cozy. I used my tutorial HERE. For some reason, this did not come together easily at all. I think I picked it out and resewed it at least twice.
I really loved Anna's pattern. My favorite part? The strap doesn't slide off my shoulder. I have funky shoulders where everything slides off, including my bra strap. Bottom line, if you're in the market for a great purse/tote pattern, try Anna's. Sometimes you need to get in a little selfish sewing.
Sharing with Creation Corner, Just a Girl, Freckled Laundry, and KoJoDesigns.