Thursday, 23 June 2011

a new obsession

a new obsession is born

The truly amazing and winner of the nicest person you could ever meet 1st place ribbon, Jennifer Paganelli, sent me some of her laminated cotton fabric to have a play with. I'd been thinking a bag to haul around groceries or to take to the beach would be cool...but I really wanted to make something really cool, you know? I also really really wanted to try making a purse with a frame because they look tricky but fun.
I used the easy peasy purse pattern by Lisa Lam (who, let me tell you, is awesome) and guess what? It's easy peasy! I'm doing a full on proper review on the Fat Quarterly blog in a couple of weeks (with a giveaway) but my brief review is this - easy peasy purse = 1 hour of your life. That's it. No hair pulling, no teeth grinding, not even a cuss word (and I've been known to be pretty free and easy with those mamas). The only cussing I did was when I stood back and admired my awesomeness in purse form and it was a good cuss.

In fact, it was so easy peasy I made 3. And now I'm itching for more. Christmas and birthdays are sorted forever - an hour a gift? Move over quilts, there's a new standard in the Monkey House.
These ones are hungry, look at their wide open baby bird mouths... 'squawk squawk squawk!'

hungry purses

So, because you'll ask -
Fabrics used;

::Amy Butler soul blossoms

::Jennifer Paganelli Sis Boom laminate (honey child)
Amy Butler laminate (Love) - that's the lining for the Sis Boom purse

::Echino spring 2011 collection (the latest stuff, basically!)
Lizzy House 1001 peeps (green bracelet print)

34 comments:

Apryl said...

they look fabulous. I want to make a little purse. If it's easy I might be able to do it... as I just can figure out how to quilt or sit still long enough anyway. :o)

insearchofmyfigure said...

Oooh... those look fab! I've got a kit for making one of her baguette clutch purses that I got ages and ages and ages ago that I've always been a bit cowardly to make up. You've given me the inspiration to not put it back in the box this weekend but to make that baby! Cute clutch here I come.

{Leila}Where the Orchids Grow said...

these are fab, I want one!

The undomesticated scientist said...

cool! prehaps i'll give it a try (when i reach lull! but then again whats a lull!) i'll be watching for the giveaway!

Cass said...

They look great, it took me ages to try a purse frame out but they are super easy and i love making them now. I will have to try some in laminate.

Sarah said...

They look gorgeous! Lisa's patterns are great aren't they :-) but seriously, 1 hour? well done you!

Caitlin said...

framed purses are adorable, but I've never tried one myself. There's glue involved?? Do they hold up with use?... must investigate further.

Deb (Two Cheeky Monkeys) said...

Frame purses + laminated cotton = genius! I am having so much fun with Lisa's pattern too, but your are amazing, I took half a day to make my frame purse, LOL.

Merja said...

So beautiful, cute and..mielettömän hienot<----- sooooooo fine. I´ve tried those frames and it really took more than hour :/ I haven´t given up though. One day my purseframes will make at least one wonderful purse :)

Isisjem said...

fab!

PlumLeaf 李葉 said...

You ARE amazing! 1 hr!?!? I was too nervous when I made my first frame purse (a cute curvy coin purse Lisa Lam design from Cloth Mag)!

Loving the laminate.....must get me some! No! Must wait and clear to-make list first!!

hittyjean said...

Hungry little purses!! Thanks for the laugh!
They are fantastic. ☺

Jules said...

Love your purses..........Lisa Lam is fab isn't she??? gorgeous blog, will be a regular visitor.....oh and lurrrvveee your tattoos :)

alobsiger said...

FUN stuff! Those gaping maws need to be stuffed with pound notes. :-) I am intimidated by installing clasp-y things. They might bite me.

Carrie said...

How cute are you??!! Love them!

BumbleBri said...

I love coin purses :) I would love to learn how to make them. I dont really know how to sew, but I am curious as to how the fabric attaches to the metal! Nice work :)

Sarita said...

I love them! I want one of those! Too much fun.

Angela {fussycut} said...

these are awesome! I really want to learn how to make them, that metal seems a bit scary. They'd be great gifts.

randi said...

i have some purse frames coming my way and i can't wait to use them! yours are adorable!

bearpaw said...

Very cool purses. They do look hard, your friends are going to be so impressed that you made them! Where did you get the purse frames from?

Lindsay Conner said...

Yep, super cute!

CaraQuilts said...

Oh pretty!! I want!! Now I have to get that pattern. I have some really nice laminate fabric I haven't been able to decide on what to do with.

Poppyprint said...

Ok, you've convinced me. I couldn't imagine that those shapes were easy to make and line and then secure in the frames, but I will officially give it a try. And laminate? Wow, what a killer idea.

Bethany said...

You. Are my kind of people :)
I'm your newest follower, and just wanted to say hi!

Rebecca Maples said...

Those are amazing woman! Add another project to my "must make" list:)

Creative Mom said...

I have made a coin purse where you hand sew the fabric to the frame but never this kind. How does it hold the fabric?

Caroline ~ TrilliumDesign said...

Excellent!! I have been in the same frame of mind and bought a few purse frames off etsy about a month ago - with the full intent to produce something that has yet to materialize! Yours look fabulous.

Catherine said...

how amazing are these: something else I will just have to try and do at some point!

Rachaeldaisy said...

Very cute curses, oops I mean purses!!

Anonymous said...

wow those look great!

Ksenija said...

LOVE!!!

Christin said...

Purl Bee and some Etsy sites sell the metal part with colorful balls. I just got mine in the mail but have not tried the actual sewing part yet. You should check them out.

Deb said...

Where do you buy the closure parts?? Neat - I'd love to make a bunch for Christmas gifts if they're really as easy as you say they are!!

Elena said...

So cute!!! I have a couple of fab frames I'd like to use, but am so scared to tackle this pattern! First, the fabric part has to be right, and then crimping the metal frame correctly. Yikes!

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