Thursday, July 14, 2011

Knocking Off - Again!!

I hate purses.  I hate having to carry one because it just catches all my junk and trash.  Yes - - trash!!  If I don't see a trash can, bam - - in the purse it goes.........  I hate buying purses.  I hate spending money on purses....... 

Well, last year, I was invited to a Thirty One party.  So, I bought...........

A purse.

I know - - what was I thinking??   Well.   I bought the purse that you can change the outside 'skirt' to make it look like a different purse.  And I really like that part about it.

Yep  - -

There's a BUT in there....

I'm not so thrilled with their choices of fabric this year.   I'm not the kind of girl to carry a bright purse. 

And I just didn't find one that I liked to go with the brown purse.  So - - I bought...........

Another one........... 

I know - - what was I thinking???

Well, the new one is black and I bought the skirt that is black with white swirls...... 

But I still didn't see any new 'skirts' for the brown one...........

Last week when I was shopping at Hobby Lobby, I found some wonderful fabric that I could use to make a skirt for my brown purse.  I think it turned out ok.  Actually, I really like it, but....  If you know anything about these purses, you'll know what I'm talking about.....

The part that hooks to the purse, that's under the flaps?  Well, it has a weird curve.  And since I'm not a seamstress, I just don't know how to make that part of it.

I looked for a pattern online, but I couldn't find one.  I see where people are making these, but they're just not sharing their pattern.......   So......I took the stitching out of the corners on my first skirt, and used that as my template.

I stitched up the sides (My new sewing maching does the edge stitching to keep your fabric from fraying - - how sweet is that?!?!?!?!?) and then stitched the bottom.

Then I 'opened' the corners, and matched the side seam to the bottom seam, and ironed it flat.

I measured how long the seam was at the corner on the original skirt.  It was 3", so I moved my ruler up the seam until I had 1 1/2" on each side of it.  I drew a line and stitched it.

At this point, I just kind of winged it.  I folded the top down and stitched it.  I made 4 button holes on each side to slip the hooks into that hold the skirt in place under the flap.  I didn't take pictures because this is the part I'm not 'getting' how to make. 

Here's what the finished product looks like......  I really like it.

I found some really great black, grey and white paisley.  I'm going to make one for the black purse next!!!

Thanks for looking!!

Hugs ~~ Suz

I'm linking up here:


  1. Me too! I really like!

  2. Thank you, Jo!! I went to HL again yesterday and got more fabric to make more of these.... I think I'm addicted. I got the pattern figured out and it works great. Seriously thinking I might have to open an etsy shop and sell them.....

    Thanks for stopping by!!

    Hugs ~~ Suz

  3. What a great idea! :-) I have that same fabric as my curtains in my living room - love it!

  4. Cute, cute!! So creative!

    I am a Thirty-One Consultant and you should check out the new fall skirts! (page 43)

    There are some super cute ones! One kind of similar to the one you made! :-) One of my favorites is the new black elite skirt with the rosettes.

    The new skirt purse themselves is new also. They made it zip instead of having a magnetic closure! YEA!! :-)

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. Hi, Suz! You've got so much creativity here and I'm admiring them all. Can you please share your creative posts at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there :)

  6. Yay, you came! I'm so honored that you chose to join the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. Thank you for adding this special masterpiece to rock my party :)

  7. Love it!! I featured this today at my party. Feel free to grab a button for your blog, if you'd like :)



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