She's Crafty To Boot...
Months and months ago, I picked up a beautiful remnant of a vintage floral print at a thrift store for $2.00. From the shape of it, I have concluded that it's former life was fancying up one's table. The fabric left me inspired to make something with it, to give it a new life. After many searches on the web, I was unable to locate a free how-to pattern for a purse that I really dug. But there are tons out there, so many creative people just sharing their ideas. During my hunt for the perfect purse pattern, I found Amy Butler designs. Oh they are so delightful.
After coming to the conclusion that I would have to pay for a pattern, I decided on the Birdie Sling. I found a hip fabric shop, Fancy Tiger, in Denver and took a little drive on a Sunday afternoon and picked up the pattern. I also purchased the liner material (white background with the animals, flowers, and trees) at the shop. It's a precious little gem in the world of generic chain craft stores, toting blah fabrics!
Then the pattern and materials sat around my house for almost two months. I had taken out the pattern right away, eager to get started. But I was a bit intimated by it, by the lingo, by the process. I don't really know how to sew, I just know how to pretend to sew. Repair things, yes. Create something from a pattern, not so much.
Finally, I found the courage and time, to sit down and really give it a shot. A few hours last night and about five hours today and I have a new beautiful purse. What's even better is that it's made from recycled material! I am so proud of it, I still can't believe I did it...And now for the final reveal: