I made a post about some super ugly fabric I was given and I gave some ideas for things to make with ugly fabric. I promised to follow up with anything I created with what I now refer to as my “ugly stash” so here I am, sharing the purse I made.
Included in that stash were squares of what I believe were samples from a textile store or upholstery store. They were vintage style from the Victorian era. I love this style but couldn’t think what I could do with a bunch of squares that felt like canvas until I saw Hobby Lobby had a fabric called Fiesta Boho and it was a combination of all my squares. I realized these would be perfect for a boho style purse.
I plucked a floral fabric with apples on it from the Ugly Stash for the liner and incorporatedit into the design. When my Sugar Plum Lips (It’s an ongoing and ever changing barrage of awful pet names I give him) was helping me fold this fabric after I had washed it, I commented, “Imagine seeing this fabric at the fabric store and saying ‘I have to have that!'” But I have to say, I think it fit into the design quite nicely.
I used a pattern from Simplicity. There are a lot of free patterns online but then I would have to print them out, cut them and tape them all together. The Simplicity pattern was not simple though. I only wanted the purse shape, not the other pieces or their really confusing instructions.
I just started cutting the squares and making a patchwork piece that was large enough to fit the pattern piece at a slant. I made two patchwork pieces, one for the front and one for the back.
The photos do not give it justice. The pieces looked deep and rich together.
My daughter came over while I was making it and told me the purse was hideous. I told her that was kind of the point.
It didn’t end up as flashy as I wanted it to which was disappointing. It is indeed homely as heck.
Well, sometimes, things just don’t work out as planned.