100 Days of Handmade//Day 38//

100 Days of Handmade//Day 38//

Handmade-38Ready for a speedy get-away!

I have been enjoying a creative Sunday afternoon working on a prototype for a new sewing workshop. I have wanted to experiment with an easy purse design for a while and today was the day.

Using red faux leather (vinyl) and some retro Vespa fabric, I played with a design for a purse for that quick dash to the shops when all you need is your phone, credit card and car keys. Experimenting is always fun and there was a bit of un-picking and resizing happening along the way. I discovered that you can use double-sided tape to hold the zip in place while stitching. (I didn’t want to tack or pin because I wasn’t sure about leaving marks in the vinyl.)

Now that I am happy with the size and shape, I shall make another one but include lining to make it extra nice, use lightweight interfacing on the vinyl to give it a bit more body and replace the zip with a metal one. Then all I need to do is make a pattern and instruction sheet and….bam…..a new workshop project. I shall add the workshop details to the website in the next few days.


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About the Author:

Julie runs most of the workshops at Ministry of Handmade. Over the years she has studied design, knitted, crocheted, made quilts, recovered lounge suites, renovated four houses, made furniture, refurbished lampshades, made curtains, done clothing alterations for boutiques, spun wool, assembled short runs of garments for award winning fashion designers, themed events and published books.


  1. Robyn Sherrie Sunday 6 January 2013 at 9:01 pm - Reply

    Very cool Julie!

  2. Jen Sunday 6 January 2013 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    Yes please !!
    Add a wrist strap??

  3. Julie Thursday 10 January 2013 at 11:24 am - Reply

    Thanks for that suggestion, Jen! I had thought of that when I was making it. I am going to do another prototype before I put the details of the class on the website so I can try it out….maybe a detachable wrist strap would work.

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