What I’m Working on 2 (blog-a-day challenge, day 12)

Today I continued with yesterday’s swatch purse project by cutting out the pieces and doing a little sewing.

Below I’ve shown the cut pieces. The left picture shows the pieces for the outside and the flap; top right, the strap pieces; bottom right, the liner and pocket.

The pieces for adding some depth to the purse (still don’t know the official name for those!), are 2 1/2″ wide, but I may trim them down further later. The strap pieces are also 2 1/2″ wide. For these, I’m aiming for a final width of 1″ after folding them in half and adjusting for a quarter inch seam allowance.

(Oops – I showed the incorrect side of the flap – not as pretty as the other side! It’ll look better after the purse is together.)

It turns out that I may not need one of the original swatches. Here it is along with the scraps I’ve created so far.

swatch purse day 2 scraps

For the flap, I used one swatch, folded it and used a circle template to draw a half circle, with its middle at the cut edge rather than the fold. I then sewed a scant 1/4″ from the line, cut out along the line, turned it right side out, and pressed. It still needs to be edge stitched along the sewn line.

swatch purse day 2 flap

That’s it for now. Tomorrow I anticipate edge stitching the flap and sewing lines in the pocket to separate it into slots for pencils as well as a pad of paper, and maybe working on the strap, too. We’ll see how it really goes.

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