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...
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.
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.
A little bit of fiddling later and...ta da!
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...!
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.
Then this is my greatest purse frame achievement.
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.
Thanks for visiting!