Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Purse Reveal

I did it!  I can say that I made the Amy Butler messenger bag and survived.  Here is my daughter modeling her bag, the one that she will use every day for the rest of her life.  She picked the fabric and she loves it.  I'm here to tell you that it was quite the pattern to master.  I use "master" lightly because I do not know if I could make one again.

My tip for this bag is to definitely use the mid-weight decorator fabric.  I used a heavier decorator fabric and that proved quite difficult to stitch through the many layers.  Instead of using interfacing it is lined with canvas between the exterior and interior.  Three zippered pockets, a divided tool pocket and more.  Whew!  I would like to remember how it was made, but I think I've blocked it out.

I'm off to class today to try my hand at a different bag.  I've been up since 6:00 am cutting out pieces (a bit last minute in the homework department).  Can't wait to show you!

Thank you for all your kind words yesterday.  It was very comforting for my daughter and I to read through your encouraging comments.  She is feeling better today and I'm certain will sleep better tonight.  God is good, of this I'm certain.



  1. ~handbags can definitely be a challenge...good job~

  2. Great job, Renee. I'm sure your daughter will get lots of use from it. I could have used it this weekend for my junking trip. I can't imagine canvas for lining. That must have been difficut to sew and hard on your machine. But the outcome was worth it.

  3. Fabulous bag - and a lovely thing for yor daughter to enjoy after a bad weekend experience
    blessings x

  4. No wonder you are off to try a different bag...lol...!!! The bag you made for your daughter looks great, but we do need those 'one of' projects, don't we! Happy crafting, Jenny

  5. You did a fabulous job Renee!! And how cute for your daughter to model for us. I am looking forward to seeing your next creation.
    I posted a smidge on the string quilt that I am putting together (amongst several others-smile).
    I hope you have a great time in class.
    Sincerely ~ Tricia
    Ps. If you would like instructions on the string quilts, I would be happy to pass along what I have found and what I have personally learned. :o)

  6. Wow, it turned out great! I love the fabric she picked out. Can't wait to see the next one!

  7. What a professional job you did!

    Your daughter is blessed that her Mom can sew so well!! :)

    Looking forward to seeing your latest bag!

  8. Beautiful fabric and a beautiful bag. Don't you just love a BIG bag? And I'm sorry you had that awful experience (from your last post). It can be a scary world out there.

  9. A++ for the bag my friend!!!I so so want one. Can't wait to see the other one. Just read your last post..you can never be to careful..that is scary stuff. Glad it turned out ok...you never know whos watching you...thank goodness we know God is. xoxoxo


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