Monday, November 5, 2012

U R Priceless Coin Purse Blog Hop

This is so exciting to be a part of a Blog Hop. I've never been a part of a blog hop before. 
Sew here goes.

My first thought when I first saw this blog hop on Madam Samm's blog was, 

"Sign me up!" 

I had purchased several coin purse frames quite some time ago, and wanted to make some. I had also found some patterns online and had printed them. . . 

. . . but nothing happened. 

The patterns and the coin purse frames got shuffled, moved aside and eventually buried as I worked on more urgent projects.

Here is the thing, unless I am nudged, nothing happens. 

No coin purse fairy shows up and magically makes the coin purse.


Sew when I saw this blog hop, I figured if I were a part of it, maybe that would get me going. 

But then, life happens. 

Madam Samm and Katherine gave me plenty of time to get my act together and make a coin purse in preparation for the big day. 

I just didn't seam to get going like I thought I would if I obligated myself.

 Madam Samm's instructions were beautifully done with many pictures, I didn't want to have to sew next to my computer, so I decided to print them. 

But when I told the printer "print all" it turned out to be about 30 some pages. 

Cancel.

 I figured out how to make the pictures smaller and copy/paste everything onto a Word document. After several days of fiddling and learning how to make all the pictures smaller so my document wouldn't crash the whole computer, I finally got everything printed onto four pages.

By this time I had misplaced the frames I had purchased so long ago. I began to panic and finally got online and ordered three from I Have a Notion.  
Kelly from IHAN graciously agreed to stock these frames in her shop, sew all of us in the blog hop could get a frame. Thank you Kelly.

But then I had to wait for my shipment to arrive. Sew that gave me time to misplace my instructions.

I'm not implying the shipping from IHAN was slow. She sent them within the week.

But I have a sewing business and the customer's needs take priority. Things get shuffled and put away as I make room for the new projects. The instructions were misplaced under several other pieces of paper. No big deal, just enough to make me panic. 

 Finally I found everything, including the original frames in safe places and began to sew. 

I had chosen some left over fabric from another project.

Earlier in the year I had recovered a stroller (click on photo to see the names on the stroller) for my daughter and her brand new baby. I had some of this outdoor fabric left and decided my first coin purse would made from  this, since I thought a purse would be great out of this as well. It will match my future purse. 

When I get around to making it.

After I had cut everything out and sewn it together, I realized outdoor heavy-duty fabric is NOT supposed to be made into tiny things like coin purses that have to be turned right side out. 

It took me quite a while to convince this very stiff fabric to allow itself to be nudged through the tiny opening. 

I had used the fleece Madam Samm told us to use, but maybe with this stiff fabric, I could have gotten by with not using it. 

When Madam Samm said one of the things needed to make this purse was "patience", she was not kidding. Basically it was the turning right side out that took patience. Otherwise it really went smoothly. 

Well, almost. 

Once I got it all turned right side out, the next step was to sew it to the frame. I didn't have the exact thread she recommended and I was very impatient to get it done. Sew, I used other thread which broke several times. 

I tried several kinds of threads, and decided I'd better order the kind she recommended. We live in a small town that doesn't have everything at our fingertips, sew I shop online a LOT.

This required more patience because I now had to wait for the new thread to arrive. 

 Meanwhile we had decided to take a trip to Oregon. A two day drive requires all sorts of handiwork to be packed. I included the unfinished coin purse and hoped the specialty thread would arrive in time.  

But just in case, I got into my knit-cro-sheen stash and found a beautiful blue that matched perfectly. 

The very day we were leaving, the specialty thread arrived in the mail. What I had found on Ebay was a package of browns, blacks, and neutral colors. Sew, I packed it as well.


The Oregon trip was beautiful. We drove for miles with this kind of scenery to enjoy.

We stopped to take many pictures along the way. This is a picture of Crater Lake. 
Not THE Crater Lake in Oregon, this is one near a rest stop in northern California, but it was worth the 14-mile round trip over bumpy gravel roads. 

My goal was to complete all the projects I had brought. And I did, in spite of the beautiful views out my window. 
I chose a muslin lining so it wouldn't detract from the beautiful blue fabric on the outside





I decided to use the blue knit-cro-sheen instead of the specialty thread. It required a bit of patience as I struggled with keeping the coin purse lined up and finding the holes in the frame with my needle. You sew around the purse frame twice to get the stitches next to each other. 
Madam Samm's pattern and instructions are so very nice. I hope she makes this pattern available to everyone. I definitely  will use it again and again. Thanks Madam Samm, and Katherine for hosting this and being our cheerleader.


As you can see, I didn't center it very well, even though I thought I had at the time. I needed a way to baste or pin it to the frame before I sewed it. 
 That's OK. I love it anyway. I guess it adds to the charm. People who see it will realize someone hand made it, right?
 Tinkerbell seams to like her new resting place. Normally she sits in my cup of crochet hooks.
 Thank you Katherine and Madam Samm for hosting this. 


Thank you Madam Samm for your beautiful instructions. They were easy to follow and beautifully illustrated. 

I've seen many patterns for coin purse patterns, but yours is by far the cutest of all.  

 If you, the reader, have made it to the end of this post, then I have a surprise for you. 

Add a comment, and I will have a drawing at the end of this blog hop and send one of you a frame from Kelly's site- I Have a Notion.

Be sure to provide a way for me to contact you via email, or you will be disqualified. 


Don't forget to check out the other blogs who are on the blog hop today, and the rest of the week. 
I will draw a name at the end of this blog hop. Good luck  
 Day 1 -  Nov. 5th






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79 comments:

Mary -Jo at comcast dot net said...

Very lovely, love your model . I think Katherine is the cheerleader ,Mdm Samm designed the pattern.
Thank you for the opportunity to win.

Mary said...

Would love to win the frame. I am really liking the coin purses. Cute, cute.

Patty said...

I am glad you finally got your coin purse together. Maybe Tinkerbell helped a little...

Jane S. said...

What a cute coin purse! I've never made one out of fabric, only done them out of knitting with beads. This coin purse blog hop is a good one, I'm getting lots of ideas.

So glad you had a good time in Oregon. I've lived here all my life and wouldn't want to live anywhere else. :)

Corrie said...

So glad it finally worked out. I do like how you kept the lining simple as to not compete. Glad you had a good trip!

Sharon said...

Well i think your coin purse turned out wonderful. I know how you feel when you finally think you have it all together and then there is something missing. When I was doing radiation it happened to me all the time....take care and thanks for joining in...

sew.darn.quilt said...

Yay!! You did get your post on today and your coin purse is adorable! Well done! :)

Wendy said...

Well I think you did a great job, despite your problems! I found sewing the frame on a real pain!

p.s. The pattern is actually Madame Samm's.

Laura said...

Your blog post is so cute. I like the fabric you chose for your little purse.

Joanne said...

Isn't it funny how life gets inthe way of our fun? I'm glad you perservered and got this done and shared it with us today. It's beatiful and I love the fairy!

Judy B said...

It did turn out adorable! Thank you for sharing and the great giveaway. jbechosend@sbcglobal dot net

deborah said...

Very nice!

Janarama said...

It turned out great. Thank you for sharing.

Pat Converse said...

Ohhh, I gotta tell ya, that purse is really cute.
I loved the story that went with it...you really had me laughing.
pnconverse(at)hotmail(dot)com

Weronica Linderoth said...

Ilove the fabric you used for the purse and the stroller is fantastic!

Tanyia said...

love it, great job!

Patty said...

The Coin purses are darling. But I can see where heavy fabric would be harder to work with.

memmens said...

Well done for persevering it looks pretty good from here. (I don't need any more frames so please don't put me in the giveaway!)

Shirley in Canada said...

These are the cutest! wonderful blog!

Gill said...

What a pretty purse! It all turned out alright in the end!!
Thank you for sharing!

Carla Bynum said...

Hi!!! I would not know it was homemade!!! Nope!!! I mean it looks perfect!!! Tinkerbelle looks happy!!! I always prefer hand made because it is more special!!! Thanks for the fun!!!!

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

Great job (despite all the setbacks)...it's so cute..TFS!

Sue said...

Nice purse. I love the color.

Rebeckah Austin said...

Cute little purse!

Trudi said...

I think you deserve extra merits for perseverance! Your coin purse turned out beautifully!

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Sheila said...

Such a cute coin purse , thanks for sharing your adventures . Thanks also for the chance to win a frame :-)

MoeWest said...

Your blue purse is very pretty! Thanks for a chance to win a frame and try one myself.

Melinda said...

Would love to win a frame.

ljeanne said...

Like you, I have been sitting with pattern and frame. Hopefully, this blog hop will get me going. Thanks for the giveaway, I have 2 frames and need 3 for my close sewing buddies.

Rosa said...

It`s very cute.Great job!!

Debi said...

What an adventure! We are all happy to see you were successful and were able to share your story. I too had trouble sewing my purse in the frame and one is a bit wonky, or special. Thanks for sharing!

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

your purse ist so cute, and I enjoyed resding your blogpost, thanks for sharing ☺

Patty D from NC said...

thanks for being part of the bloghop!

Pierro said...

Rosemary B here:
Superbly adorable. I love the blue and it looks fancy!
I really like that stroller cover. It makes it look brand new!
thank you for sharing your creativity

Carrie P. said...

Tink looks very cute sitting on your little purse.
thanks for the giveaway. I would love to win a frame so I can make my own.

Joyce said...

It is a little challenging, but well worth it!

sandra said...

Really cute purse after all of the things you had to go through to get there. I have not been to Oregon (I live in Canada) but it looks beautiful.

StitchinByTheLake said...

I had to laugh because this could have been me. :) Love the fabric you used! Don't include me in the drawing - I have handles I haven't used yet! blessings, marlene

Judith said...

I love your coin purse and your fabric. Tinkerbell agrees. Sew sweet and happy that you shared with us today. Judith, Texas

P.S. I'm a new follower!

Frances said...

Would love to win the frame. Cute coin purse.

Lorene Holbrook said...

Love the blue fabric you chose. Very cute.

Snoodles said...

I think you must have had the cooperation of the coin purse fairy, after all....that fabric made it more difficult! Great job!

LJ said...

Sounds like life just gets in the way at your house like it sometimes does at mine. Lost things can be irritating! But...your coin purse turned out so cute and I love the fabric - I can imagine the heavy-weight of it was a real challenge.

Vickie said...

You did a great job and tinkerbell fits just right in your coin purse.

tink's mom said...

Great pictures of both your purse and the beautiful scenery. I had the same problem of bulk when I made one using corduroy.

jules said...

Thanks for sharing your story. I also tend to lose my craft and sewing things a lot. That feeling of panic and mad moving about of things in search of the lost item is dreadful. I love your completed purse.

Quilt n Queen said...

Annie, great job and way to go...you stuck with it and have a finished purse. Thanks for sharing in the blog hop and for the chance to win a purse frame!

Marci Girl said...

Congrats for getting it done, super lovely!

Denise :) said...

Oh, I love it! Your blues are very pretty -- you did a great job!! :)

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Cute post of your cute purse...and in spite of the little glitches in getting everything gathered...yay! You got it done!

Thank you also for a chance to win a frame on your giveaway!

Blessings & Aloha!
I am at our daughter, son in law, and grandbaby's home visiting, but wanted to stop by and check out the amazing coin purses!

Sewgirl said...

I think your purse turned out just fine. I like the fact that someone knows you took the time to make something!

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

Cute fabric and Tinkerbelle. Thanks for sharing.

Sharon said...

I would love to win the frame. All the coin purses are so cute.

SuperMomNoCape said...

Love the purse and the tale that went along with it. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.
(supermomnocape at yahoo dot com)

CeLynn said...

Love your little Tink coin purse!

mary mahoo said...

Love your wee purse! thanks for sharing.

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

Oh my you sure did have a time of it didn't you? I like how it turned out and I'll bet the next one you do will be so easy for you.

Hugs,
Kelly

Donna Joy said...

Don't we all misplace parts of our projects, glad you found everything and were able to have a cute take along project.
Now I would like to make a cute purse or two. Thanks.

Emily C said...

I love tinkerbell, she's so cute!

Katherine said...

Blue is my favourite colour (how did you know!?! ;o), so for all your troubles in making the coin purse, it looks worth it to me. Glad you didn't give up because it'sew cute!

Thanks so much for being a part of the hop.

UR Priceless!

Barb said...

Love your coin purse!

Vivian said...

I would think thicker fabric would be perfect for a coin purse also. But you live and learn. Thanks. Vivian

SIMPLESEW said...

I need a frame and some of those sparkles too.Adorable and very creative..

Sallie said...

Very nice! Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway!

Maria Kievit said...

To make a long story short, you did finish the purse! Thanks for sharing.

Abbigail said...

I have been admiring these coin purses and would like to try to make one. I have been reading on other sites about some things they found out NOT to use! Thanks!
hulseybg@gmail.com

blueberrymoon said...

Gotta love Tink:) Love your coin purse too!!

DonnaJ said...

very cute

♥Duff said...

wow--the trials and tribulations of the coin purse--crazy! Glad it all worked out in the end (even if you are giving away the goods to make another one....) ;O)

Bobbie said...

I think instead of the Coin Purse Fairy you have a mischievous brownie hiding all your supplies and instructions (one lives at my house too)I enjoyed reading your adventures!

barbara woods said...

cute purse

Margy said...

Oregon looks gorgeous - well done for getting sewing done while away.

feltfree på Åsly said...

Its a lovely purse for Tinkerbell.

bets said...

Since I have not made a coin purse..would love o win the frame...glad it is easy, so will buy the pattern if I do not win! Very cute....

pink daisy said...

Ok, I think the tip here is. . . dont use thicker fabric with batting. Thank you for sharing.

Julie said...

I like hearing about difficulties, because then I know I'm not alone!

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