Its been a busy couple of days this week , bringing home the bacon, and managed to finish off the first of the African inspired purses. The fabric was given to me by my aunt from Zambia last summer and is from a Kitenge (or chitenge as it is called in Zambia) which is an African garment similar to sarong, often worn by women wrapped around the chest, waist, over the head as a headscarf, or as a baby sling. They are also sometimes worn by men around the waist in hot weather. Kitenges serve as an inexpensive, informal piece of clothing that is often decorated with a huge varietyRead More →
I had some lovely flowery fabric lying around so have made up a few small purses with a white lining. They are really cute and great size for shopping money and credit cards. They measure 10cm width by approx 9.5cm high (inc clasp). I will make another three in this style today and then change to a different style later this week and see how they turn out.
Today’s purse is following on from yesterday’s style, although today’s Palm Purse is smaller (100mm wide x 100mm high including the clasp). The pineapple’s on the fabric look great and give the purse a touch of old style colonial twist. The left hand side has a streak of cream ribbon running down the edge to give it a little bit of special detail.
Trying something slightly different today, this is the first fabric purse and the glue is literally still fresh. I used dusty blue, and white polka dot fabric with cream lace running along the length and a cream lining. Seems to be slightly quicker to produce (around 3 hours in total from start to finish) then their leather counterparts.
Inspired by Alice in the Wonderland which came out at the movies a couple of months ago, here is the Cuppa Tea purse. The red teapot and cup looks great on the dark blue leather and has a very bright red satin lining.
Today’s purse is made from very soft light pink leather with three small hearts stitched to the front. Again the lining is the very swish striped white and black which goes together very well with the light pink.