Monday, 5 November 2012

U'R Priceless Bloghop - Day One (NaMoBloPo #5)

I was very excited to get to be part of this as I've been a fan of frame purses for a few years now but had never used the 'sew-in' frames - only the glue ones. Having now completed a sewn one I think I'll be sticking with the glue in future but it was good to try.

I assembled my pieces...
U'R Priceless preparations
I decided, perhaps rashly, to use some leather type fabric in silver which I've had in stash, just waiting for the right project. I paired it with some sewing thread fabric that I really wish I had more of (let me know if you know where I can get some). 

I got going and followed the excellent instructions our lovely hostess had provided. I wish I'd sewn the lining first as I screwed up joining the points when I did the pleather.
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Getting points to meet has never been a strength for me - but then I am a bodger and would always opt to plough on instead of ripping and redoing. The second time, with the lining, it did work a tiny bit better. 
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A little bit of fiddling later and...ta da!
Sewn Frame Purse
Sewn Frame Purse Inside
The sewing in was interesting but pretty fiddly. Having said that, if you like to take your time you do have more control over it than the glue in frames. All I would say is use something like stranded cotton to do the sewing - anything slightly more delicate than cotton and it shreds as it passes through the holes. Guess how I know...!
Sewn Frame Purse Detail
I got my frames from Etsy. She's in China so what you save in money (which is a lot - her prices are excellent) you lose in how long it takes for your order to arrive. I've had a few orders from her though and the frames are good quality. Speaking of which...these are some of my previous creations. This was the first one I ever made, following a class at the Make Lounge. 
Metal Snap Frame Purse 2
Then this is my greatest purse frame achievement.
Awesome bag
Bag inside
Tape Measure Handbag 1
I use both of these regularly. 

So having seen my contribution to the Bloghop I hope you'll go and visit the others for today (the full schedule can be found in the sidebar here):

I'm not running a competition but I do have a Charm Swap you might want to sign up for. It is international (I am in the UK) and the only cost to you is the fabric (the swap is timed so you can buy it in the post-xmas sales) and postage each way. You can read more and sign up here
International Charm Square Swap Image
Thanks for visiting!

96 comments:

Nati said...

Lovely purses! Great to see the first purse of the hop!

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

I think you were very brave to stitch with the fabric you chose and I like how it turned out.

Smiles,
Kelly

Katherine said...

Well done, Lixie! Your coin purse is so chic in pleather. Fantastic idea!

Thanks so much for being a part of the hop!

UR Priceless. :o)

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

Cute coin purses!! TFS

Carla Bynum said...

Hi!!! I love the silver leather!!! Did using the leather make it harder to sew?!!! Love the sewing fabric too!!! Thank You

Judy B said...

Your silver coin purse is very elegant! Thank you for sharing.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I love the leather and just agog with your larger purse - well done.

Sunshine Girl said...

They are both great.

Rebeckah Austin said...

Just love your big pures. Where did you get the frame?

Theresa said...

Looks great in the pleather - I like your other purses too, especially the big one.

Gill said...

Great purses!
I love the tape measure fabric!
Thank you for sharing!

Britt-Inger said...

You have made an lovely purse for the hop and all the other purses so great
Thanks for sharing
Britt-Inger in Sweden

Sue said...

That fabric sure must have been hard to sew with! You did a great job.

Joyce said...

You were brave to try pleather...its hard enough sewing through cotton...love it, great job!

Truffle queen said...

Great purses! I love the one with the double purse! Great idea to use the tape measure for the strap! thanks for sharing!

Thearica said...

Lovely coin purses! and the larger one is really cool in that fabric!

Fiesta said...

Wonderful coin bags. They would make great gifts.

patchouli moon studio said...

That is great in the faux leather. I like your others too. I have never done any metal frames before this hop, so I wondered about the ones you glue because those scared me thinking I would make a mess with the glue.

charlotte said...

Very cute. That double frame purse is awesome.

Quiltin' Jenny said...

Interesting choice with the leather. I think it came out nicely even though I can read between the lines and see that it was a complete pain in the neck!

I'm very impressed with your larger purses. I'm not sure I have the nerve to try one without very explicit instructions.

Sharon said...

Wonderful little purses really like the pleather one....

gpc said...

I love them both, and would love to make a bigger one! I am not in the Hop but I bought the pattern and made a couple, too, but yours are MUCH neater than mine are. Good job!

Mommarock said...

Thank you for the link to the purse clips. I will have to find them somewhere for sure! I am going to try these as I would love to give these as a gift to my daughters and girlfriends. I hope I can manage to make them turn out lovely.

piece peace said...

Thank you for the insight regarding the sew in frames. Your creations are magnificent.

Connie said...

Neat coin purse and the faux leather looks perfect!

Ellen said...

I think all your purses are wonderful! I love the thread lining on the first one, and the big one you did is a show stopper. Thanks for sharing and for the Etsy link.

Patti said...

Very nicely done!

JCnNC said...

Love all your creations - never thought of the metalic look. Judy C

Linda said...

Your purses are all lovely!!! I love the silver one, but I'm not that brave! My fingers hurt just thinking of trying to sew through it!
Great job!

beaquilter said...

wow that BIG one is AWESOME!! and with a measuring tape strap, it's just too cool. great shirt too BTW

Carrie P. said...

your little purse turned out great and I like your other one too. thanks for sharing.

Candice said...

Very cute!!

Agnes B Bullock said...

I hads the same problem with the points with my first attempt- have not made a purse before either! Loved the sewing theme fabrics and the large one is fabulous! (Even had the samw thread issue- went out and bought uphlstery thread to get the frame to stay correctly!)

B Greene said...

All of your purses are great, but that double one is amazing! Thanks for sharing - very inspiring!

Needled Mom said...

You are very brave to attempt the pattern in leather!! It looks great.

Just Carol said...

Your little purse is adorable in that fabric--nice! P.S. I had shredding thread, too.

Debi said...

Great job on your coin purse and I feel your pain with sewing the frame to the fabric--LOL! Thanks for sharing!

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

Lined up points are so over rated. Ha! =)

Judith said...

Points for me is still a challenge, but I will keep practicing. Thanks for sharing your leather purse. I will give it a try. Judith, Texas

sew.darn.quilt said...

I think you did a smashing job on you grey coin purse! Your other purses are incredible, I really like the purse in a purse idea :)

PolkaDotClassic said...

Love, Love your purses!
very nice job and thank you for sharing :)

Joanne Lendaro said...

Love them!!!

The Slow Quilter said...

Your purse is lovely, put I really do love the large one you made.

Vickie said...

Great purses, it is hard to match the seams up I had trouble too. Love your larger purses and the measuring tape handles are cool.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Love the fabric you used in your first purse. It reminds me of one my grandmother had.

DonnaJ said...

I do love the fabric's that have been chosen to make the purses. I have got to have one...great gift also.

Corrie said...

Very cool - all of them!

Wendy said...

I k now what you mean about the points! I had to rip quite a few back to get them to match. and I HATED sewing in those frames, I too prefer to glue!! You did a great job, the pleather looks fab!

Laura said...

Very cute little purse.

Els said...

Nice purses!!

Debbie said...

I love the pleather purse, I was hoping that someone would say they've seen that spool fabric somewhere, it is adorable.
I didn't have the corret thread so I used 4 strands of embroidry floss which I seem to have had in MANY colors lol

Joanne said...

Beautiful! I love the leather look and just may have to try that soon. Thanks for sharing your creatin with us today!

Annie of Blue Gables said...

Very fun, I love the lining

Janarama said...

You're very brave using pleather as your first sew-in frame coin purse.

It turned out fabulous.

deborah said...

Very nice!!

Mara said...

I ordered my purse frame from the same lady, I hope it arrives soon, how long does it usually take for your to arrive?
I love your last purse, so awesome, and the handle, very cool and perfect for fabric shopping.

kate brown said...

I really like your choice of fabrics! Very pretty coin purse!

Pat Converse said...

I really like that pleather look but I bet that was a challenge
Getting it into the frame. Great job!
pnconverse(at)hotmail(dot)com

Tanyia said...

that big purse version is an awesome idea! Love your bags

memmens said...

Well done some great purses, can't wait to show you mine!

InGa said...

Lovely purses. Would you tell me where you bought your frames?
I have problem getting frames in Sweden for a resonable price.
Regards Ingrid

Shirley in Canada said...

Love your blog post! Great insight to making a coin purse. Your purse is the bomb!! Way to go!

Sallie said...

Love your fabric choice! Thanks for sharing!

Pauline said...

Wow, a silver purse! I love your choice of fabric, thanks for showing.

littlelixie said...

I think the pleather made sewing the curves easier as the two sides slid against each other more than cotton would. I still mucked it up though! The seams were harder to handle though because of the bulk.

littlelixie said...

Definitely have a go - what can really go wrong?! The first time you do anything it's always a learning experience. The thing with the glue is it's non toxic so doesn't matter if it does ooze. Also you do t actually need that much and you've plenty of time to position things.

Sheila said...

Wonderful purses , really love the large purse , thanks for sharing !

littlelixie said...

It's a WWE shirt for a wrestler called The Miz. I'm not a huge fan of his but I use the word 'awesome' a LOT!

littlelixie said...

I got that fabric in an Indian clothing shop in Bradford about five years ago and have never seen it anywhere else since. I wish so much I'd bought all they had!

littlelixie said...

The frames from that seller take about a month. I'm very fidgety while waiting for them to arrive but it does give me a chance to have a good think about fabric choices!

littlelixie said...

Hi inga! There's a link to the etsy seller in the post. I'm waiting for some more to arrive from her at the moment!

Susan said...

Thanks for the tips on making these lovely little bags. I will put your hints to good use.

Trudi said...

Such lovely purses! I confess I glued mine :)

MoeWest said...

Your picked a more difficult fabric to work with and did a great job! Your other purses are nice too. I love the large one!

LJ said...

Those points are tricky but we're always harder on ourselves. Like the idea of pleather; and the thread lining fab was sweet. I hope someone has some for you. Thanks for sharing.

Rosa said...

Great job.These are just cute!

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

very cute, thans for sharing ☺

Patty D from NC said...

lovely job - thanks for sharing.

Pierro said...

Rosemary B here: love the dots, they are all really cute though. Love your big purse too. very attractive.
The leather is very classy

sandra said...

Very lovely and I really liked the pleather one that you did. Thanks for sharing.

StitchinByTheLake said...

Very cute! blessings, marlene

tink's mom said...

So when was the last time anyone really checked the points? Great job. Love the bigger bag you made.

Snoodles said...

Great job! Love that lining fabric!

Quilt n Queen said...

Oh so cute purses...great choice of fabrics. Thanks for sharing in the blog hop!

Marci Girl said...

I loved how you used something other than cotton, great idea and it is so good looking!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Very chic with the silver. and love the inside fabric lining with the printed spools. & how clever to have the tape measure straps with your larger tape measure printed purse.

Blessings & Aloha!
I am at our daughter, son in law, and grandbaby's home visiting, but wanted to stop by and check out the amazing coin purses!

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

Lovely purses. Never thought to use leather like fabric. Very cute thread fabric and tape measure fabric. Thanks for sharing.

SuperMomNoCape said...

Those are all great purses. I think giving it a go in the leather was a great choice... it turned out very elegant.

CeLynn said...

I always have a hard time lining things up too. Your little coin purse and the larger one are both fab!

mary mahoo said...

Love your wee purse. Thanks for sharing with us all.

Barb said...

Wow, I love that you made a matching bag...what fun!

SIMPLESEW said...

Adorable and very creative.

Maria Kievit said...

Cute purses! Thanks for sharing.

blueberrymoon said...

The silver coin purse is fabulous!!!!

♥Duff said...

Love the psychedelic silver and double-trouble bag! Thanks for including your hardware information--I'm always afraid to purchase form overseas so i'm glad to see a seller with such a wide variety of choices.

Denise :) said...

Very cute -- love the spools! :)

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