Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Sewing Adventures - A Kisslock Purse

Those of you who are regular readers of my blog may remember my post back in January when I wrote about several sewing projects I was hoping to tackle over the summer (see here if you can't remember).  One of those projects was a kisslock frame purse, which I did eventually finish sewing, but I have only just gotten round to securely gluing the metal frame to the fabric part of the purse.

You might also remember that I was a little worried about tackling this sewing project because there were several rather complicated steps, including drawing up my own pattern for the purse.  Well, it turned out to be a little easier than I thought it would be and I only really struggled with gluing on the metal frame and sewing the part of the purse where the frame hinge sits.  Somewhat bizarrely, I also struggled a little with ironing my wadding onto the outer fabric.  I still have no idea why, maybe I had accidentally put my iron onto the wrong setting...

Anyway, as you can see, I finally got this little purse finished and am loving the somewhat lopsided results!  The front of the purse features an embroidered section salvaged from a vintage napkin and the back (which isn't pictured) has a strip of vintage lace at the top under the metal frame.  I lined the inside of the purse with a cute red and white floral fabric salvaged from an old Sheridan pillowcase.  In fact, the only non-upcycled part of this purse is the kisslock frame - everything else was salvaged from my local op shop!
This little purse has come in quite handy for my short walks to and from school with Cheeky Monkey #1 when all I need to carry with me are the house keys, my mobile phone and some tissues (mothers need to be prepared!).  I have one more kisslock frame waiting to be turned into a cute little purse, perhaps I should make a more "fancy" purse for the rare occasions when I get to go out on a date with Mr Cheeky Monkey...   ;)


  1. lovely results, you are so talented, and I think your determination to try and then to triumph is very inspirational. I think often, what a great thing it is for young girls to have a mother like you.


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