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Hi All, Here is a fun fast project I found on All People Quilt.com  They call it the Reversible Purse and I love love them! I have been making them all different ways and here is a fast one perfect for that new outfit or gift.

Just a note before you get started. I have changed the shipping on my fabric website. All fabric sales ship free from now on! I’m trying to go to college and am using this site to earn money so I can go full time! Thanks in advance for your support.

First download the pattern from their website. Again here is the link….

Reversible Purse

I have made it the published size here. Other purses I have enlarged the pattern. So go crazy and do some cool creative things with it.

You will have to piece the pattern together with tape.  (Note: I ironed a fusible nonwoven interfacing to the lining fabric to give it a little body before I cut it out.) Follow the directions on their site for putting it together. However, stop after you pull it write side out through the handles. Follow the directions for sewing up the sides. But don’t sew up the bottom. Turn the purse right side out with the outside of the purse facing out.

Make sure the side seams are now in the front in the middle.

Ok now for the big red flower.

I used these dies.

They came from the Accucut site originally. So here are the Accucut numbers and then I’ll give you the Accuquilt numbers.

Accucut site:

1. Flower, Petal, Center, Stem Item # f1438

2. Circles-Penny Rug Item # CR622 (circle used is 2 1/4″)

3. Round Flower Set Item # Q1311

4. Rose Sampler Item # R1362LC (note: this is no longer on the site.)

Accuquilt site:

1. Studio Flower Petals (large) Item # 50432

2. Studio Circles Item # 50637 ( use the 2″ size)

3. Studio Round Flower Item # 50155

4. Studio Rose Sampler Item # 50190

Ok, here are the dies.

I only used the stem on this.

To find these you will have to type in the name of the item number in search. Some of these could not be found under the category listings.

Ok, Iron fusible interfacing to your fabrics. You will need just scraps for the green stems and leaves and yellow center. A large scrap of red will do for petals.

Cut out 12 flower petals, two leaves, one center and one stem. Peal off the backing and lay out your flower. Iron with a hot iron.

Now to applique the flower on. I used a small blanket stitch in black thread.

You will have to pull away the other layers and bunch everything up into your sewing machine. Make sure you are only sewing through the top flower layer.

Here is a closeup of the blanket stitching.

Now on to a pocket. The pattern does not have a pocket on it. But I wanted one. I have made bunches of these and I always stress over the waste. I found a perfect way to use the cutaway waste. Check this out.

When you cut the purse out, you have these rounded sections left over.

I just kept throwing them in my scrap basket and stressing over what I was going to do with them later. Then I decided they would make cute pockets. They are double layered so would be perfect. Open one up like this.

Ok so I’m being nutso OCD here. But I think it makes a great pocket shape. So fold it right sides in and sew around all sides leaving a little opening for turning.  Perfect size for a cell phone and keys.. don’t you think?

Top stitch across the straight edge.. that is the top of the pocket.

Pin it on  your purse where you want it.

I also marked a line from the middle (top to bottom) for another seam. That way the pocket had a little divide in it. I just used my cell phone for measurement to make sure it would fit.

Turn your purse back out so the right sides are in and sew up the bottom according to the directions.  Turn it right sides out and top stitch around the opening on both sides.  Done!

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You're back! I'm so glad. I have been very busy with a new project using the Accuquilt strip cutter. You know you don't always have to make a quilt with the Accuquilt dies. I found this wonderful pattern for a tote called "Bali Bags" By Aunties Two. I used cotton cording and my Accuquilt 2 1/2" strip cutter to cut 40 strips from 10 different fabrics. You can also use Bali Pops or Jelly Rolls if you want. But if you are like me, you have a houseful of stash. These bags are fun to make and everyone, I mean everyone that sees one, wants one.

Ok, here is what the Bali Bag lookes like.

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Sorry but my camera does not do the colors in these bag justice. Just add bright by about 75%. 

Ok, I started out with this:

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  Notice no lines at the top? That is so you can cut continuous lines of fabric. When there is no sheet metal, there is no cut. So you can lay your fabric out like an accordian if you want and have a long long line of fabric.

Ok, here is what I got next:

Bali bag custom batiks 
Color overload I say! I have made 3 of the Bali Bags with these fabrics and can't keep them in the store. Darn! NOT!

If you don't want to spend the time to make a bag, you can just make a bowl the same way.

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As I'm posting this, A customer just came in and bought this… I'm going to miss you Bali Bowl!

So, have fun using the Accuquilt Strip Cutter! Lots and Lots of uses. 

See you next week!!  

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I just added 3 more items to my Etsy store. I just finished picking out fabric for 3 more rag balls. I'm kind of getting into it. I knitted up a little bag and am having a hard time letting it go. Here is a picture of my first attempt at knitted purses.

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I made it with 3/4" fabric strips knitted on 15 circular needles.
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Well that's it for today.

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