Thursday, March 7, 2013

Birthday present

My mother-in-law's birthday is Saturday and my husband and I couldn't think of anything to give her for her birthday, other than the usual dinner and flowers.  I thought I would make her another purse, it's been years since I've made her a purse and I know she really enjoyed the last one I made for her, she got  lots of compliments on it.  I also thought I would try  something I'd seen on Sewing with Nancy, she suggested using headliner in place of interfacing, it makes the purse sturdier so it stands up by itself.
I found a good color fabric for a spring purse and coincidentally I found the headliner in the right color, all on  sale, how often does that happen?!
After looking over all my purse patterns, I settled on the "Phoebe Bag" by Rebeka Lambert of Artsy Craftsy Babe.  I've made this purse before, for myself and I love the size of it, not too big, not too small, I thought it would be a good size purse for my mother-in-law.
I had difficulties sewing the headliner right sides together, I don't know how many of you have tried using headliner for sewing purposes, but the back side is foam, it kept getting stuck on the foot, so I did the next best thing, I sewed it right side out and let the seams show.  I know it doesn't make a nice, neat looking purse, but I don't think my mother-in-law will mind.  I have seen purses  made like this before, it just isn't the best quality, you mostly find them in the less expensive retail stores.
All in all I think it turned out pretty good, and it looks nice from the outside.  I hope she likes it!

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