Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Inspired by - Clasp frame Purse

Today I've got another project I've tried which was inspired by another blogger - sewing a clasp frame purse.
Sewing a purse with a clasp frame always looked kind of complicated to me so I'd never given it a try. Then about 6 months ago the lovely and very talented Anna from Tea and a Sewing Machine shared a tutorial which made it look quite do - able.
I picked up a couple of clasp frames inexpensively from the Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts show in July so I could have a go.
Things don't always happen very quickly round here so it wasn't until last weekend that I finally got round to facing my fears and making a purse with a clasp frame.
I used some scraps of left over polka dot fabric and an old yellow shirt for the lining. I did a little embroidery on the polka dot fabric first, before making it into the purse.
It's the same style as the embroidery I did earlier in the year on this tote bag.
Then I just followed Anna's instructions to make up the purse and attach the purse frame. 
It was a bit fiddly but not as complicated as I had feared. 
I kept getting my thread caught on the clasp which slowed me down and finishing off the thread was tricky as the clasp was in the way, but I managed.
The inside of my purse is not quite as neat as I might have liked but over all it's pretty cute. Because of the spacing of the holes in the frame my stitches seem large to me and casting off was tricky as the frame is in the way. Any tips - please leave them in the comments!
All in all this was a fun little make, i
f you fancy having a go I'd say 'go for it!' 
Head over to Tea and a Sewing Machine for all the details, Anna show how to create your own pattern from whatever sized clasp you have and then breaks it down step by step. 
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  1. Hi Julie, Glad you got to use the last of the red polka dot fabric x This is such cute little project it looks gorgeous with the yellow lining too.

  2. You made such a nice purse Julie! I love the fabric you chose too.

  3. Love frame bags and warning as they can become addictive.

  4. Such a lovely project; I might decide to make all the Christmas presents myself and I know that if I visit your blog I will find plenty of inspiration!

  5. Such a gorgeous little purse and would match my work satchel perfectly

  6. Cute purse. I have only made a sew-in clasp frame purse once and found it fiddly too :)
    Thanks for linking up to New to Me too!


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