Yesterday I had posted a little bee cross stitch in the Snapshot thread. Well…here’s the final project!
I don’t like carrying big purses unless I really have to. I prefer just to have the basics: keys, money/cards, phone. I have a little purse like this I had gotten off of Amazon but I had seen this pattern on Etsy and inspired by my success of being able to make my cross stitch project case I decided I’d challenge myself yet again.
[Pattern for this bag can be found here.]
Here’s a close up of the cross stitch. I knew I wanted to kinda add sashing around it like quilting to make it the proper size but then I had the idea to make it into a hexagon to fit the whole bee theme. There was lots of math. Paper piecing. Measuring a billion times before doing it. And much nervousness of cutting up my cross stitch fabric. But I was so pleased with how this part turned out!
Anyway…let’s take a tour! The little bee section is actually a front pocket!
And then there’s the main compartment! It’s zippered and lined and….isn’t big enough for my hand.
I mean, I don’t think I have huge hands. If I were a better zipper sewer I’m sure I could tweak it a bit but I think if I make another I might just make the whole thing a tad wider.
I can put my phone in there though! And since my phone is tall I can grab it with no issue. Same with sunglasses. Once I realized I’ll probably keep my phone in this compartment I felt better about the whole thing. I was so sad when I realized I couldn’t reach the bottom. Lol.
If you turn the whole thing over there’s another zippered pocket on the back!
When you unzip it there is a gusset. Ya’ll…I feel like a fancy sewer making gussets.
And thanks to said gusset…the pocket opens nice and wide to be able to fit things in…AND my hand can reach the bottom.
I have a wallet but lately I’ve taken to just carrying my credit card and ID card. Next on my list is a nice little card case to keep in here instead of letting them loosely about in the pocket all willy nilly.
NOT PICTURED: I have a long strap to wear this cross-body. The pattern has directions for a long strap or a short strap (kinda like a wristlet). The long strap I made is essentially homemade bias tape. I used the same bee fabric but I think I might make another and use the gray fabric instead.
Here’s my old bag. I hope it enjoys retirement. It’s served me well but the fabric is kinda plastic coated and has cracked apart on the strap, tearing up my neck. I always wished it had just a tad more space and now I have that!
Anyway, thanks for looking! I now own this pattern so if anyone ever wants to do a personal swap I have the skills to make more! Woohoo! I’m really thinking this would be a great gift item too. All it would take is picking out the right fabrics for the person it’s intended for. Now…I just have to find a cheaper way to get all the hardware. Lol.