Tuesday, 3 July 2018

A new holiday purse

Pattern: The Kristine ID Wallet by Uniquely Michelle
Fabric: Home Dec weight for the exterior and linen for the lining

I am planning a few trips over the summer holidays and for times when we are down at the beach for example I wanted a little purse that would hold just the essentials like ice cream money and a few cards. 

I have a little bit of home dec fabric at home, but nothing I wanted to make a purse out of. We attended The Creative Craft show at the weekend, which was brilliant! My daughter, surprisingly, really enjoyed coming with me and wants to go again next year. She really liked all the crafty demos. There were fabric sellers galore, and I did purchase a little bit (I was very restrained). Amongst my booty was a £5 grab bag of assorted home dec fabric and trimmings. I liked the colour scheme so I blindly picked up a bag.

Just the right sort of thing for trying out a new pattern.

This purse/wallet is the perfect size for slipping in my beach bag. It isn't too bulky and the wrist strap makes it a bit more portable as well as giving me some added security when walking about with it.

You can fit a few cards in the two card slots underneath the envelope flap. The flap clicks shut nicely with a snap. The pattern suggested a little magnetic clip but I didn't have any to hand. This snap or even some velcro works just as well.

I recently got some little woven labels, and this is the first project I have managed to use them for. I am very happy with them, they look great. I ordered them online from Wunderlabel, and the whole process was really easy. After all these years of sewing, it is about time my makes got some proper labels!

So, the top of the bag has a zip which opens out into a nice roomy lined pocket. A good size for loose change and a locker key.

The reverse side of the purse has an ID window. This is one of the features that sold the pattern to me. I would like to be able to put my membership card or train card in there so I don't have to go rummaging through to find them. The frame has a rectangle of clear vinyl in there, perfect for using the cards on scanners etc.

You need a couple of bag making supplies for this project. I needed a swivel snap hook for the wrist strap (you can also make a longer lanyard option if that suits your needs). Hubby managed to source some on Etsy that are absolutely beautiful.

All in all, I am really happy with my little purse and found the sewing pattern to be thorough and easy to follow.