I bought myself an Easter gift this year in the form of the March Crafty Fox Box as put together by the lovely Emily of The Startup Wife fame. I've known Emily for a couple of years now and know what a keen crafter she is, so was delighted when I heard about her latest venture.
My box arrived last week and it was a lovely treat once I'd put the kids to bed one evening to unpack it and start thinking about making things from its contents. I'm not going to share everything yet, but spending time with my sewing machine on Saturday made me itch to do more. So I managed to make the time on Sunday to squeeze in a little project. Little Miss C was fascinated to see my sewing machine and it made me realise that apart from when she was a little baby I've not done much machine sewing with her around. As I was threading it at the kitchen table she kept asking me what I was building!
The project I tackled today was a sweet little purse, designed by The People Shop. It was originally designed, I think, to have the flowery fabric on the outside and the spotty fabric as the lining. I have a lovely tote bag that I made a few years ago in a larger spotty fabric in the same colour as this, so I decided to use the spotty fabric on the outside instead and the sweet flowers and cherries inside.
I tweaked some of the pattern from that published, mainly to make a few things a bit easier for myself and to be able to do as much as possible on my sewing machine. The only bit that I'm not happy with is the loop for the button. I should have made it an open loop, but I just wasn't thinking clearly when I did it. Probably something to do with trying to watch the boat race and keep an eye on two children. My multitasking skills obviously need some practice.
It's a very cute purse though and it would be incredibly easy to make another one. Possibly a bigger one so that it could take flat bank notes maybe. It also wouldn't be too difficult to add in an extra bit to make it so you have two compartments inside.
I think my crafting bug has been reawakened!