One can never have too many purses! I’ve lost count on the number I’ve
created, but the latest one is one of my favorites. I chose the pattern from
the book “Quilted Bags and Purses” written by Mary Jo Hiney. Featured on
page thirty-six, the purse is called “femininity & charm.” I wanted my finished
purse a little larger so I increased the pattern size.
I found the pattern very easy to follow and the steps used in
constructing it were clear and concise. I especially liked the manner in
which the lining was stitched in place.
I chose a number of vintage laces, linens and motifs and auditioned them
on the outside pattern pieces. I had some among my collection that were not
my favorites. Those I added by fusing them to the outside fabric pieces
using a product called Misty Fuse. I fussy cut
pieces when it was necessary. I wanted the entire outside area covered with
Among my collection are a number of very old and beautifully stitched
pieces. Those became the focal pieces I embellished with. I carefully
stitched those into place in order to have the option of removing them
should I ever want to.
Misty Fuse is a unique product that I have found very useful in
numerous projects. It’s a very fine web-like piece. This double-sided
fusible product bonds two fabrics together beautifully. I love using it
because it doesn’t change the hand of the fabric and doesn’t adhere to
your needle. A non-stick Teflon pressing sheet is necessary with using
the Misty Fuse.