I won a free pattern from Linda at Ruffled Begonia (better known as the blog author of Craftaholics Anonymous). I chose the Layla Bag Pattern, which is available for purchase here. It's pretty adorable, don't you think?
I decided to also be brave and order designer fabric for this project. I had a vision in my head of what I wanted this purse to be, and regular old fabric from Joann wasn't going to cut it this time. I found this Citron Gray Color Story from Michael Miller and fell in love. It took me awhile to choose which fabrics I wanted the most. It's just gorgeous.
Anyway, while I waited for my fabric to arrive, I decided to test out the pattern on some scraps. I knew I would screw something up, and really didn't want to waste my "good" fabric. Does anyone else do this or I am I just totally neurotic? Anyway, I'm so glad I did, because my ruffles weren't sewed on evenly, I stitched my top strip on incorrectly, and I totally messed up the pocket (of all things). (All user error, I assure you. The pattern and directions are easy to follow). When my fabric came, I took my time and made sure to correct all my mistakes.
Now, it is my second first attempt at a purse, so there are definitely some imperfections, but overall, I LOVE how it turned out.
A little more Michael Miller for the inside:
The fabrics work perfectly with the pattern. I get compliments every time I "take it out", which unfortunately, isn't often since I still usually have a toddler with me wherever I go.
Thanks so much for the pattern Linda. I love my purse so much I'm linking up to Purse Week over at A Lemon Squeezy Home. I'm also linking up to some of these parties. I'm pretty proud of myself for making my first purse.
Now, which bag should I try next?