Saturday, September 17, 2011

{Little Girl Crossover Purse}

My daughter has masses of dress-up purses (my old ones), and lots of Princess and misc bags to play with. We actually could purge a few! But as she played the other day, I realized that when we go shopping with her money or gift cards, for some reason I'm still in charge of the currency. Not really intentionally, just out of habit.
At 7, it's about time she kept up with it a bit!

Enter: Mom...with a "little girl purse" idea.
I started measuring her. I knew I wanted it to go across the body so it didn't get lost in the excitement of Barnes & Noble or Build-a-Bear. (Anyone else have daughters?)
Here's what I came out with, using old jeans from my stash and misc scraps.
I had a 'first', and didn't put the straps inside the lining. Instead I finished the ends and sewed them in an "X" to each side, then added a button for looks.
Here's the skinny if you want to make your own!

Lining (2): 7 1/2" x 8"
Exterior (2): 7 1/2" x 8"
Straps: I cut her strap fabric to 2 1/2" by about 37", but measure your own kiddo for accuracy
Fusible fleece for the strap
Buttons, embellishments, Wonder Under, misc.

The body is made from jean pant legs, the straps are literally made of scraps, and the flower on the front I die-cut with my Cuttlebug and ironed on with Wonder Under. I think I boxed the corners at 1".

 My fave part is the strap. I've never made anything "scrappy" with fabric (not sure why), and I love how it turned out.
Perfect size for her cash, gifts cards, chapstick, and sunglasses!

Have a nice day!

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