Thursday, November 26, 2009

Santa's Got a Brand New Bag

On the first day of Christmas, I had an inspiration.  And acted on it.  I made my daughter a handbag which I call "Santa Purse" for reasons obvious.

This is a box style bag, front, back, sides, bottom and zippered top.  There's no pattern, but based on a booklet called "Totes With Zippers" by Cindy Taylor Oates.

I quilted red satin fabric to polyester fleece at 1/2" intervals.  After large blocks of fabric were quilted, I cut out the pieces.   I really lucked out when I found these red/white stripe handles online.  They are perfect for this bag.  I bought white fur, but didn't like it once I got it home.  Then I rememered our Santa Hats, and I tok the fur off of them and used it as trim.  The large initial is an ornament by Henry Miller that I bought last year.

There are side pockets.  On one side, I attached a rhinestone D-Ring for a key fob.


I stacked buttons together and sewed them on the bottom for feet.  It's lined in red satin  and has a zippered pocket inside.  The top zip has a rhinestone circle for a zipper pull.


I took it to a sewing meeting Tuesday, and  the ladies were all over that purse!  I gave it to my daughter last night.  She liked it, I think.  It's a whimsical bag to carry during the holidays.  Fun.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day, however you celebrate it, big or small. 

35 Talk to me:

Linda T said...

Oh, I LOVE it! Perfect!

The Sewing Loft said...

What a cute bag! You quilted the fabric perfectly, and what an ingenious idea to use the stacked buttons as feet. Kudos!

KID, MD said...

That is adorable!! Those button feet are brilliant.

shams said...

That is completely and utterly adorable. :)

j.kaori said...

So cute! The handles are a great find and the buttons on the bottom are really clever. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Uta said...

I love the purse, especially the quilting. It loos like Chanel goes Christmas!

Carol said...

This is perfect. I was just about to make my mother in law a bag for christmas and now I'm going to make something like this. She loves christmas stuff and I always give her christmas ear rings, but this year she will a santa bag, too! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

Patricia said...

That is the cutest bag ever!

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

It is a perfect holiday bag. You did a great job.

Fran said...

What a great bag, and what a beautiful quilting job!

Teddylyn said...

Very cute bag!

window dressing said...

I love, love, love your handbag!!!!Your daughter is very lucky. You did such a marvelous job on it. I absolutely adore the idea of the stacked buttons as feet. Brilliant!!!!

julia said...

Of course your daughter loves this purse. It is wonderful. You put a lot of time and energy into it too. You always do such detailed work. I don't know how you think up these extras, like the key ring and the button feet! You are one really smart lady.

djStoreRoom said...

Thats really beautiful!! And how smart!! Using buttons as feet. Cool!! I love it!!~

Trudy Callan said...

How adorable!

Little Hunting Creek said...

What a CUTE bag!

Linda T said...

Oh I just love that purse! Great job Gwen!

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The Slapdash Sewist said...

So many details! Love it.

Faye Lewis said...

What a beautiful holiday purse. Bottoms after tops. I plan on making a skirt to match my chanel jacket, and I Have several pant suits planned also.

The Vintage Lady said...

I love love the bag. And the feet what a great idea!

Gwen said...

Super cute bag! I especially love the buttons as feet! :)
Next time you bring your grandbabies to Florida to see Mickey, come on over and you can try your hand at weaving! I bet you'll like it! You can even meet Oliver! ;)
Take care,
Gwen

Jackie said...

The bag is cute! Thanks for always visiting my blog and leaving such nice comments.

Christy Sews said...

That bag is absolutely adorable! I love the idea of stacked buttons for feet. I must borrow that idea given the ridiculous number of craft buttons in my sewing room. And the handles? Wonderful. This just makes me want to add lots of items to my "to sew" list.

rdd34 said...

I really love this bag. Sooo cute!

Cennetta said...

Love it! Adorable.

Linda said...

WOW Gwen! This is a fantastic purse. I can't imaging doing all that quilting but it is perfect. Love the button idea for bag feet, I got a copy that one!

Faye Lewis said...

Gwen thank you for your comment on my pats. I wore the muslin around the house and sat for a while in them to test the fit and the comfort. After doing that I think that they are a little too big on me overall. I'm going to take them in just a little in all seams and then check them again. I really take pants fit very seriously.

Audrey said...

What a wonderful, whimsical bag! Lovely workmanship, and the button feet is a great idea. Are you taking orders?

ginomballance said...

Great minds think alike........................................

Grammy said...

Hello, I saw your daughter's beautiful santa purse and red jacket you handmade for her. She and her husband were guests at my church: First Baptist, in New Baltimore. One word says it all: fabulous!!!!! You really did an excellent idea and what beautiful and professional results. I'm so glad she gave me this blog address.

Thank her for me, Drena

kanishk said...

What a cute bag! You quilted the fabric perfectly, and what an ingenious idea to use the stacked buttons as feet

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laura said...

Too stinking cute!!! I love it!

Kyle said...

I'm kind of hyperventilating over this bag. I might need to make myself one STAT!
LOOOVE all the detail--the quilted fabric (that you quilted, holy cow) and the handles, the white trim and the pom poms, and most of all the BUTTON FEET! How did you come up with that? You're very clever and amazing. Thanks for sharing!

Alethia said...

This bag is adorable, and I love how you did the feet~ what a neat idea!!
I will definitely feature this idea on my website. Check it out~ www.sewmuchtalent.com. Look for the blog called Holiday Projects.
Thanks for sharing~ I saw this on PR!

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