Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Selvage Purse

When I saw this selvage purse/tote on Julie's blog my first reaction was ooooh followed by the thought, "I'm not surprised I like it." It seems I always like the stuff Julie makes.

The purse design is by Jodie Carleton and appeared in Australian Homespun magazine, number 84, the "Go Green" issue. And off I went to make my own selvage purse. 

My purse is a little different than Julie's... or the instructions! Starting with selvages sewn to the foundation, mine run horizontally across the purse instead of vertically. I thought I had a lot of selvages collected until I started sorting through them looking for a variety of blues - words, and color windows - to coordinate with the denim purse flap and handles I upcycled from old blue jeans.

When I laid out the pattern pieces to cut the purse front and back, I had plenty of excess selvages to make my purse larger, so I did. It finished at 7" X 11", one inch taller and one inch wider than the pattern.
I added an inside pocket. Note my pretty white Maori fabric, purchased at Craft Depot in Pennant Hills, NSW, Australia.
And, I added a zipper in addition to the pattern's instructions for a magnetic flap closure. Ya don't want to tempt a pick-pocket, right? Not that I've ever encountered one.
I searched for just the right word for the selvage-covered button and could only come up with "style." I thought it would be neat to put my name there too but couldn't find any selvages with a fabric designer named "Linda."

Now if you're a Kathy, Carla, Brandon, Erin, Kaffe, Kari, Patrick, Ro, Tammy, Debi, Michele, Erika, Robert, Isadora, Jennifer or Valori - among others - you'll have no problem finding your selvage name!
How can that be? Every other person I know is named Linda! Do you have a famous selvage name?

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13 comments:

  1. Another triumph, Linda. What a cute and stylish bag. You are as drawn to the colour blue as I am to pink! Sadly I can't think of a selvedge with "Di" as designer.

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  2. Cute! And just in time for Florida....oh,how are you going to live without this cold and snow, my dear!!? I've never seen Carla on a selvage...serious? I'll be hunting for a Linda for you =)

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  3. It's as stylish as you are, Linda! (I vote for gettin' out the Sharpie, it works for those signatures-!)
    Really, you are good at this purse thing. (and there sits my purse pattern, better look at that again!)
    Hugs, pokey

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  4. Very nice. Good way to use those selvedges. Hugs,

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  5. Your purse is darling. Maybe you should cut out the seperate letters for your name and glue them back together. Or pick a new name that you'd like to be called for awhile. LOL

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  6. And then when your mother spells your name with a Y instead of an I you don't stand a chance. It isn't so bad now but when I was growing up no one could spell it. I guess I will never find a Lynda on a selvage either. I think the Sharpie idea is a good one. :)
    Lynda

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  7. Looking good Linda.....even if you don't have a fabric designer who shares your name!!!

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  8. Love your bag. It is so fresh and young and stylish!

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  9. Great lookin bag. I love how it seems you just mosied over to the sewing room and put this together. :) I hope my life will be like that someday. I love your blog. Thanks!

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  10. Wonderful bag, it looks great!

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  11. What a beautiful bag that is!
    Micki

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  12. Great bag! reminds me of the one I made last year.

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  13. I Love the bag, Linda!! We'll need to track down a fabric designer named Linda for you. ;-)
    Hugs
    Jennifer (oops, yep, I have a name on a selvedge)

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