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Jordan's Reversible Purse

Added Dec 8, 2010

by Rikka Walters

Montucky, Montan...






This is a present for my only niece, Jordan. I recently learned about the technique called “reverse applique” and just went crazy with it on this project. The strap is very long and meant to worn across your body. If you like the shape of the purse and understand the basics of purse-building (sewing in a lining) I would be happy to give you the measurements for creating this simple pattern.

Material Notes

The grey is a woven suiting and the print beneath it is a cotton blend from JoAnn’s red tag bin. The black on the reverse side is shiny in look but rough in texture—-some kind of wool perhaps??? Under the black is a white, snake-skin-looking flannel-backed fabric I picked up for a song at the thrift store. There is a green vinyl zipper and I used pellon’s deco craft fusible interfacing (my fave for purses).




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    Dec 15, 2010, 04.10 AMby Patricia Angell

    very nice and coordination of the two is good.

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    Dec 14, 2010, 10.24 AMby stuffit-1

    looks great- especially the grey side! maybe the black one is a kind of flannel, or velours? or chintz, that would go too with the shining?

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    Dec 10, 2010, 10.45 AMby nookie

    I love the grey reversible side – I would never have thought to do reversible applique like that. It would look awesome in a skirt or tunic with a feature bib??

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      Dec 10, 2010, 04.33 PMby Rikka Walters

      Yep, the grey side is the best. I’ve been playing around with the haphazard quilting stitches for a while, but became frustrated with folds and puckers that occurred in the process. This technique allows me to cut out all the mistakes and add some color/pattern/texture at the same time. Great idea about the tunic! Maybe a vest would be good as well??

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    Dec 9, 2010, 08.47 AMby zaarissima

    absolutly great! I love it very much!

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    Dec 9, 2010, 03.09 AMby milnay3

    Love it! Definitely going to look more into this ‘reverse appliqué’ – thanks for the inspiration!

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      Dec 9, 2010, 07.48 PMby Rikka Walters

      have fun with it! A little suggestion: use very small/short stitches to keep the fraying in check. Happy sewing!

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    Dec 9, 2010, 01.21 AMby pink-cornelia

    love it. great work!

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    Dec 8, 2010, 11.29 PMby Rikka Walters

    Can any of you tell what the black fabric is—woven, frays like mad, shiny in look, rough in texture—???? I got it at the thrift store and I’m not fabric-saavy.

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