'F' for Fabric Crafty (& Handy) Style

A Lovely Second Purse

I’ve finished my second purse! It was much more complex than my first, and there was a lot of hand stitching involved.

My Handmade Purse
(I’m lovin’ those Deco Remix shoes.)

I used Indygo Junction’s “Metropolitan” pattern, from purlsoho.com (scroll down a bit – it’s halfway down the page).

It may not be perfect, but I’m really pleased with the finished project!

My Second Purse, Detail

Sources & Paint ColorsNeed design help? Let's work together.

You Might Also Like...

  • laure
    January 23, 2008 at 12:16 am

    Wow! Impressive job, I would say that that looks like you bought it. In a really good way.

  • Melissa
    January 23, 2008 at 12:33 am

    WOW! I LOVE that! Just fabulous. *bows down*

  • Elizabeth
    January 23, 2008 at 1:18 am

    Great purse! I’ve been seeing that fabric around lately. I picked some up a while ago and made a purse of it myself, though not nearly as nice as yours! I need a little practice with purses.

  • Making it Lovely
    January 23, 2008 at 1:24 am

    Well, I could use a little more practice too. ;)

    I’m feeling more and more confident with my sewing abilities though! Practice indeed makes perfect. Or less jacked up, at least.

  • Jules
    January 23, 2008 at 2:09 am

    Awesome! Great job. :)

  • zee
    January 23, 2008 at 4:17 am

    Ooooh, so pretty! Did it take you long to make? That fabric is beauuuuutiful.

  • Jia
    January 23, 2008 at 4:29 am

    Wow I’m impressed! My fingers never obey my plans whenever I attempt sewing, but I think you did a great job here. Love the colours!!

  • pve design
    January 23, 2008 at 5:22 am

    very clever, job well done!

  • drey
    January 23, 2008 at 7:16 am

    woo hoo! nice work :) very cutesy looking :)

  • Becka
    January 23, 2008 at 7:58 am

    Oh that is a really lovely purse, the fabric is a wonderful choice. Well done, I hope you enjoy it.

  • D'Rae
    January 23, 2008 at 8:01 am

    That bag is so adorable! I love it!

  • Jane
    January 23, 2008 at 8:09 am

    The purse is very very lovely… but more importantly… THE SHOES! Where are the shoes from? I love them!

  • Jennifer
    January 23, 2008 at 8:51 am

    VERY cute. I Love it!

  • Melissa M.
    January 23, 2008 at 8:52 am

    Super cute! I’d definitely carry that bag proudly.

  • thistle downs wool design
    January 23, 2008 at 9:07 am

    love the colors. a pop for a dreary january day!

  • Amy
    January 23, 2008 at 9:32 am

    Adorable! You have a wonderful eye for color – fantastic!

  • jaime
    January 23, 2008 at 10:06 am

    Great job – beautiful fabric choices.

  • Patricia Scarpin
    January 23, 2008 at 10:46 am

    So beautiful. Love the pattern. And love the shoes! :)

  • Kate
    January 23, 2008 at 11:59 am

    Super cute, good job!

  • amy purple
    January 23, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    it looks really cute, so do your shoes! :)

  • Sommer
    January 23, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    Awesome job! Sewing is one thing I haven’t tried yet. Knitting I can do, but sewing scares me for some reason.

  • Jenne
    January 23, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    I’m impressed! That looks wonderful!

  • Marriah
    January 23, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    I LOVE your bag! Please tell me:
    1. did you stitch this by hand or use a machine? (I don’t have a machine)
    2. how much previous practice have you had – I don’t really have much (or any) experience with sewing other than buttons and a few tiny projects
    3. Would this be a good beginner’s purse? (please say yes :) – I love it and don’t want to wait to try it!)

  • Elizabeth
    January 23, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    It looks perfect to me!

  • Elissa
    January 23, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    Oooooh, that’s super cute! Is that from the Amy Butler pattern? If so, I like it much more than the others I’ve seen from that pattern! I think I might have to put this one next on my list of things to sew. Right after the bench cushion, hobo purse, and wrap dress. :)

  • Making it Lovely
    January 23, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    Thank you so much, everybody!

    Sommer, sewing scared me too! Now I’m getting more confident with it.

    Jane, the shoes are from Remix. They were definitely a splurge, but I love them.

    Elissa, the pattern was linked to up above. It’s Indygo Junction’s “Metropolitan” from purlsoho.com.

    Marriah, I don’t think it’s really suited for beginners. I think it was a little above my skill level! I’m just starting out and trying to teach myself to sew. I used a machine for some of the early steps, and then finished everything by hand sewing. If you don’t have a machine, I’m sure you can still make it. It will take a long time though!

    Oh, and zee – it took me forever to make! 10 hours? 12? Something like that. I’m sure it would go much faster for someone with more experience!

  • Patti
    January 23, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    It’s BEAUTIFUL!! I love it!

  • Jen
    January 23, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    I know how long and how much effort went into making this. It looks wonderful! Great job.

  • Susan
    January 23, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    Love the combination of colors. Nice job! The shoes are totally adorable too.

  • lucy
    January 23, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    so cute! looks just like a lill purse, but better since you made it yourself :)

  • amanda
    January 23, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    It’s fabulous! You rock :)

  • Beth
    January 24, 2008 at 7:41 am

    This purse is amazing. I’m ridiculously jealous. I can’t even sew on a button. :) Great job; way to inspire us!

  • beki
    January 24, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    Such a cute bag – good job!!

  • Freshly Found
    January 26, 2008 at 2:17 am

    A lovely purse! I am tempted to try something similar. Have enjoyed your blog. Found it via Pozzynet

  • Sarah
    January 26, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    The bag looks great. Cute shoes!

  • Helen
    January 27, 2008 at 1:33 am

    VERY NICE job! you could totally sell them!

  • Ellen
    January 27, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    Hi there, I am a newbie, came to you by way of an irish blog Style Treaty and just love your site. That bag is to die for and your house. That couch is fantastic. WOW.

  • Amy
    January 27, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    That bag is fabulous!

  • Candace
    January 28, 2008 at 9:29 am

    Wow! Killer purse! Make a coupple and put them up on Etsy…they’ll go FAST! Awesome home decorating as well….just discovered your blog and you are now officially in my “favorites” list.

  • Lindsay
    January 28, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    i’m loving this “makingitlovely” spot of cyberspace. you are one talented lady!
    would you mind telling what the name of that fabric is? i know i’ve seen it around and of coarse now that i’d like a slice of it i can’t seem to find it. thanks!

  • Janick - Nea Jewelry
    January 29, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    Wow, it really is lovely!! Congrats!! :)

  • sabrina
    February 19, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    I nearly swooned at the sight of your shoes and purse!! Thats a great look! …so jealous…

  • sharon
    June 16, 2008 at 2:32 am

    Hey, the bag is awesome! I really like the color palette, and the pattern…feels sort of modern retro, and fits the remix shoes perfectly. My sister worked for them a few years ago when she lived in LA, and got me some cool “granny shoes” This was the same time that Johnny Depp wore them at I think it was the premier of Pirates of the Caribbean 2?

    Are you a professional designer?

  • Arabian Girl
    March 24, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    … Hello .. I saw your bag while i was search in Google and lead me to your site..it is very Great and the color is what I can say..Very Beautiful..I Hope one day i can do one like yours..And i wish if you put the pattern with it.

    Sorry For my broken Language:)

  • melodie dutheil
    February 20, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    it’s beautiful. where do you buy your fabric? any advice on where to get the best ones at a good price?

  • » The Commission Project Making it Lovely | Transforming the so-so.
    October 20, 2010 at 10:50 am

    […] painting above is based on this photo of me standing with a purse that I made. I love the way it turned out. Mr. Ferney is quite the talent, so whether you want a portrait of […]

  • Fabrics for the Kids’ Rooms | Making it Lovely
    September 17, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    […] I love adding sewing projects to my to-do list. I made a purse before, with piping and everything! Five years ago! I’ve got […]