When I was going through my fabric stash looking for likely
I badly needed a new purse and if I folded this is half it was just about the perfect size. Hum...let me see. There were bits of these colors.
So I decided to thermofax screen some ginkgo leaves in all three colors.
Now I need a lining fabric. I think mint green is one of the ugliest colors ever created!! BUT, I needed a light colored fabric so my old eyes could actually see inside the purse, plus I had it in my stash so....
Fabric trimmed square, horrible green about to be trimmed to size and a binding color needed to be chosen. Second from top I think!
I stitched it up with my new Baby Lock Eclipse which I bought myself for living through chemo and radiation. It threads itself by vacuuming the thread through the lower loopers. Be still my heart!!
I made the box seam on the bottom then...
Cut, ironed, folded, and ironed in half both the binding and the handle fabric
I cut a half inch wide strip of warm and nature cotton batting for inside the handle for heft, strength, and a dense surface for stitching.
Binding was attached with the cut edge (top) of the purse like binding on a quilt. I started the binding with about 4" unattached so that at the end I could get a perfect fit. You can see the seam in the center top edge of the picture.
After ironing the seam open, I stitched it down with a double row of stitching.
I also tacked the "corners" of the box shape to keep the purse square and not so floppy.
I was out of magnetic snaps so I just ordered them from ebay. I usually use the poke through kind. I have various ways of hiding the metal plate on the outside but
This time I also ordered some sew in kind. First I will use some E6000 fabric adhesive then stitch them down as well.