Wednesday, June 29, 2011

this is not a craft blog

But it's sure looking that way for these past few posts!

Here's something I made last night. It's inspired by this pleated purse, but as usual, I couldn't do it without some alterations. This is just how I operate (especially with recipes).

Alteration #1: make pleats fold down, not up. No crumb-catching for me.
Alteration #2: make lining about a half inch smaller than the outside layer
Alteration #3: cut straight sides instead of angled with rounded corners
Alteration #4: delete the interior pocket and decorative piping.

I again used some of my mom's fabric stash - a subtle white-on-white sheet for the lining, stiffened with fuseable interfacing; leftovers from a light green floral skirt; a vintage metal zipper; and scraps of pink cotton. I had a quick review session with my mom on how to use a zipper foot... it has been a while! The part of the tutorial that showed how to do the pleats was confusing, and I admit that I had to rip out stitches a few times. I ironed with a ruler in hand more times than I can remember!

Here's the success:

The finished size is about 5.5" high by 9.5" long. Perfect for keeping inside my school tote bag!

It's hard to see...but that white lining has a pretty pattern!

1 comment:

Christie @ A Lemon Squeezy Home said...

Looks great! Good modifications, as well:). Thanks for sharing!