Okay, after three hours, much cussing and a 12:30am bedtime, I have a finished purse. I would have been done much earlier but I had to do the almost final step not once, not twice, but three times. Why? Because I thought the first time I’d mucked it up, so I ripped it out and did it opposite. Nope, turns out it was right the first time. So I had to fix my fix. Eek.

But I completed my first non-sweater purse, zippered pocket and all, and I’m thoroughly pleased with the results. No, it’s not the straightest, neatest, most professional purse ever but I don’t friggin’ care. You’d better love it, dammit. But really, for a purse that I probably have all of…less than $6 invested in, I’m totally thrilled with the way it turned out. And I’m ready to move on to the next one (this was my experimental purse with cheap fabric from Walmart’s dollar a yard section, now I have some oriental fabric I want to make into a cute purse).

For those wondering how I achieved this amazing feat, I followed the purse tutorial here, and the zippered pouch tutorial here, both of which were perfect. And my husband, who’s very patient with me, put the magnetic snap in for me. Yay!

Some pictures:

The fabric I was originally going to use. I wanted a contrast with the red so the lining would stand out but I ended up changing my mind at the last minute (you can see the lining fabric I ended up using further down)

My pattern for the purse (my dimensions were 15″ x 12″ and 2″ cut outs, slightly different than the tutorial recommended, because I wanted a larger purse)

The outer panels

The lining panels

The pocket color

Tada! I made a zippered pocket and it was so easy!

An example of the lovely stitching the lining got. I don’t normally sew so badly but somehow I apparently mucked up my under thread and didn’t notice until I had this. Nice, eh?

The finished purse as photographed just after midnight.

The day after, so you can see how it hangs. I still love it.

Inside shot. I really am pleased with the contrasting funky fabrics I used. Each of which was $1 a yard and I didn’t even use a half yard of.

Two photos with the ebookwise for size comparison (the ebookwise is about the same size as a mass market, though a bit bigger, for those who’ve not seen one before)

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