04 April 2011

New Purse

I finished a purse for myself this weekend! You might have been thinking I had kind of given up on making things  (or maybe you didn't even notice because you read so many other blogs like I do), but I promise I've been busy. I've made a few gifts that can't make their bloggy debut until the person actually receives them. Ok, technically they could, but that might ruin the surprise.

This post may end up sounding like one giant disclaimer, but oh well. The idea for this purse came from Noodlehead's new 241 Tote, which I love. Really love. I kind of prefer bags with two straps though and I wanted to make sure the dimensions would fit my laptop so I decided to make one similar to it on my own.

See my beautiful sketch of what I wanted it to look like?
Bahahaha!  I'm lucky it turned out slightly better than my sketch! You don't have to tell me not to quit my day job, I know drawing is not my forte. : )

I'm happy with how it turned out, although as Hubs pointed out the fabric is pretty "loud," which is out of character for me. I originally wanted the side pockets to hold a water bottle too but due to a slight miscalculation they're only big enough for a cell phone or keys. Oh well.
Lipgloss also fits, but I rarely wear or carry it...there just happened to be a tube sitting next to my picture-taking spot.
I'm happy to report the waterbottle measuring fiasco did not affect the purse's ability to hold my laptop.
Fits like a dream...or something that implies it fits in the purse well. Yes, there's a ping pong ball in my purse. Just in case.
Why did I crop my lovely head out of the photo? Because I haven't mastered taking a picture without making some kind of awkward weird face. Nor have I mastered moving the DVD case for Tangled and the box of Wheat Thins out of the shot before I take pictures. Oops.

I hope you like it. I'm just excited all of the pieces fit together! Hubs couldn't stop laughing when I told him I used the Pythagorean Theorem to figure out the size of the triangles. Am I really that nerdy? How else do you make sure all of the sides are proportional? Feel free to laugh along with him because I guess I am that nerdy. So here's what you do after you finish laughing:
  1. a - Don't hate me for making something similar to something someone else made, I'm not trying to steal anyone's thunder I just needed 2 straps.
  1. b - Leave a comment telling me you don't hate me / you don't think my purse looks as bad as the sketch of my purse.   
  2. Go order Noodlehead's 241 Tote Pattern so I don't feel bad about not buying one you can make your own that looks more professional and can carry more than lipgloss in the side pocket.
  3. Have a wonderful week! 
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  1. very nice looking purse! I love reading your blogs! Very entertaining!

  2. So cute! And I LOVE the fabric!! I would like to invite you to my weekly linky party at The Little Birdie, I think we have lots of readers who would love this tutorial! Here's the link to this week's party:


    It happens every Tuesday, so feel free to stop by whenever! Hope you'll join us! :)

  3. I'm so impressed!!! Love this purse!

  4. Really great purse! And I don't think it's cheating at all to get inspiration from someone else. Thanks for posting at I Made It! Monday at Ninth Street Notions. Can't wait to see what you have this next week.

  5. LOVE! THe fabric is great!

    Thanks for sharing, I hope you stop by the party again!


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