Thursday, August 30, 2012

Zakka Along Week 22 :: Pleated Coin Purse

Oh, little frame purse, where have you been all my life?

This week's project by Karyn Valino of make something was THE project I wanted to make when I purchased Zakka Style and started the sew along. It's taken twenty-two weeks to get to the project that in this moment seems like the cutest stitched up treasure I've ever made. (Familiar words - could it possibly have anything to do with the fabric choice?)

It started out as a bit of a treasure hunt weeks ago, as I was planning ahead and searching for the purse frame called for in the book. Then it was announced in the flickr group that we really needed a different size frame. Thank goodness Karyn had them in her shop, and shipped some right out to me, arriving just in the nick of time.

I must say I was a bit nervous though. I could not even imagine how something so cute {with metal involved!} could possible come together without major difficulty. Shape Moth shared the absolutely adorable purses she made, though, so that encouraged me on. And my friend Simone shared a link which armed me with back-up galore as far as technique goes.

Humor me. I'm going to list some links here for safe-keeping, as I sense more frame purses in my future! 
Sew-In Purse Frame Tutorial
Glued-In Purse Frame Tutorial
Making a Tutorial to Match your Frame

So, one night earlier in the week, I started, pulling out some of my very favorite Ruby Star Spring. Before long I had the front and back all pleated up.
 I laid the frame close up, and things looked very hopeful!
Now was the super scary part - attaching that frame! I had even bought glue, E-6000 as suggested by the clerk at the fabric store, since they didn't have Weldbond. But when I realized the frame I had purchased had stitching holes, well I just had to use them!
Considering I only have three colors of Perle Cotton in my stash, I was happy to find a perfect shade of green to coordinate with the Ruby Star and lime Essex Linen lining.
It was a little tricky, yes, but by the second side, it felt pretty good. And boy is that purse snug in its frame.

The project description in Zakka Style reads, "This design brings a crafty classic into modern times. The charming coin purse with a purchased metal frame features sweetly appealing pleating." I couldn't agree more.

Linking up with LRstsitched and TNT Thursday.

31 comments:

Amys Crafty Shenanigans said...

Turned out beautifully Debbie - I am in love with your coin purse! I have the frame and the glue and I am ready to crack on and make mine but can't decide on the fabric!!!

Patchwork and Play said...

Oh, I love how your purse turned out! And to think you didn't need to use dreadful glue! It is SO wonderful, I may have to make one!

CityHouseStudio said...

It's the cutest thing ever, Debbie!
Love it!

Toni said...

I love it! I have the frames and glue but have not wanted to tackle this one yet. I think the stitching that attaches the purse to the frame is a fun touch, and seems more do-able than glue!!

Kelsey said...

This is absolutely adorable!!!

Shirley Tener said...

I love it, thanks for sharing the links, I havent done mine yet, I dont like glueing do to my inpatients and the mess I create, I did glue my frame though, lots of glue.. LOL. love your purse. I think we should do the other book too.

Candice said...

Oh my goodness gracious- you win the prize in my book!! Absolutely lovely- it doesn't get any better than the pleats and stitching!! :) Love it!

Kelly said...

Gorgeous! Love the fabric choice being a MM fanatic ;-)

Amy DeCesare said...

It's so gorgeous...love the fabrics you picked!

capitolaquilter said...

There could be no better use of precious fabric - it is adorable - beyond adorable! I'm so scared of making one but really want to so thanks for including the links for me later...

Heidi Staples said...

What a triumph! That fabric is so perfect for this. I do want to try making one of these some time when I can get my hands on a frame.

Leila said...

Too cute for words!

Carla said...

It is so darling!! Great job Debbie.

Heather D. said...

Adorable!! And I knew I recognized that fabric from somewhere. :)

Simone de Klerk said...

This is the perfect fabric for the pouch. It turned out so very pretty.
Funny, how you looked forward to this project. I feared it. But I am really having fun making it now.
Now comes the tricky part: sewing the little purse to the frame. I'll try tonight ...

Connie said...

What a beautiful pouch Debbie, I just love it!

Katie B. said...

This is so sweet! I love it!

Svetlana said...

Debbie, this little pouch is gorgeous!!! You did such a wonderful job, it looks beautiful!

Jacey said...

Oh, it's so good! I love that print, too, and your stitching is such a great touch! I've been wanting to try this pattern. Hope I can get to it soon!

A.J. Dub. (Amy) said...

Such a charming little purse! I love the stitching you did.

Katy Cameron said...

It looks great, I knew you could do it :o)

felicity said...

Totally, totally sweetly awesome. The stitching absolutely makes it. I love this project! I may have said this before but when I flipped through this book I was a little "meh" on the projects but you've changed my mind bit by bit each week!

Patti said...

What an exquisite purse. Just gorgeous.

Cherie said...

What a gorgeous purse! The pleating is very effective to the shape =D

Cary said...

Debbie,
Your purse is beautiful!! I had ordered a smaller frame before I saw the corrections, and for my first am going to go ahead and use it. Your links will be helpful, I'm sure. This, too, is the project I most wanted to make. I'll post when it's finished.

Kirsten said...

Your purse is so cute - love the fabrics you have used. I will have to have a look out for some of the stitched purse frames as I am afraid of mucking it up with the glue.

Karen said...

Oh, stitching the frame in seems far better to me after seeing this project! I can tell you the e6000 is super sturdy but scary too. Amazing purse, I wouldn't want it inside my big purse at all :)

Melissa Corry said...

Oh my goodness, your purse is so adorable!!! I am just loving all of your Zakka projects!!!

Lynne said...

Now that you have done it, I'm feeling brave. I was shying away from those little frames. But yours turned out great!

**nicke... said...

ADORABLE! i want one!

Marci Girl said...

Oh this turned out so darling! Now I want to make a frame purse! Great job, it is just perfect!