October 16, 2007 at 2:22 pm (Crochet, Sewing)

It’s no secret that I love purses! Here’s some of my past purse creations.
First up:
This is my hamburger purse (complete with a french fry keychain!)–I never used it, but I entered it in a contest at Monmouth Park Ractrack one year. I love this purse—I just can’t see myself ever using it!

My Hambuger Purse

Next up is my Kilt Purse. I had hand-marbled the fabric in crafts class, and for our final, we were to turn the fabric into something else. I made my own pattern for this, and made the front of it look like a kilt. I added a ribbon belt, and a silver clasp at the top. The beaded handles matched the marbled fabric perfectly, and really added to the purse.

My Kilt Purse, with the fabric that I marbled in crafts class

Of course, the first thing everyone does is lift the skirt up, so under there I attached a “thong pocket”

Looking at the thong pocket under the kilt

Here’s a coin purse I made with some more marbled fabric. I had messed up with the marbling on this one, so I used this technique to hide that fact. I sewed in some little colored pearls in the little valleys too add some color.

A change purse, using messed up marbled fabric.

Here’s the same technique, using cream satin. I made this purse for a friends wedding. I used cream colored pearls in the little valleys of this purse as well, as well as a small ribbon strap to use it as a wristlet.


And a close up:

Moving right along–here’s a small clutch I designed. The pleats along the upper placket really allow this sucker to expand, and it easily holds everything I need:

A clutch I designed

Next is my “Readers Digest” purse. I was checking out at the thrift store, when I turned around and saw a pile of these books. They were free for the taking, and they all had different wonderful patterns on the cover. I took about 10 of the books, and went right to work. I used an xacto knife and carefully cut out the pages, then hot glued fabric to the inside, and sides. A piece of ribbon I had seam ripped off of a pair of pants matched perfectly and worked as the handles, and some polka dot ribbon left over from another project worked well when glued to the front of the book. I finished it up with a loop of elastic and a green button to wrap that loop around to serve as a closure.

Purse made out of an old readers digest book

Bottom and side:
Side of the book purse

Looking inside:
Inside of book purse

For awhile I got into ribbon purses. I basically weave the ribbon into a rectangle, and iron on interfacing to the back to stabalize it. I’ve done a few purses, and here are two clutches.
This is a clutch I made for my sister:

Ribbon Clutch

And here’s another one I made, in the open position. You can see the magnetic closure here.
Ribbon Clutch

Here’s a camera case I made. While it’s not a purse, it’s still purse like. I crochet it out of a small ball of yarn I found on the floor at Rag Shop one day. It wasn’t any yarn we carried, so someone must of dropped it, and I loved it. It wasn’t enough to make a wide enough pocket for the camera, so I added some Caron Simply Soft yarn around the edges, and a gold gaudy button to close it.
It fits my camera perfectly, and it matches the color perfectly too!


And last up is the first crochet pattern I ever followed. It’s the “Fit to be tied clutch” from the “Happy Hooker” book.
Here’s the front:

And the inside:

And this is just a small sampling of the purses I’ve made through the years!



  1. To do list-Future Crochet projects « Leave Your Sanity with the Nearest Customs Agent said,

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  2. Kristi Thomas said,

    Would you be interested in selling the Cheeseburger purse? I am obsessed with burgers because I named my English Bulldog “Cheeseburger” and I even have a cheeseburger tattoo!

    • sewin2disney said,

      I’m sorry, I can’t part with it. I made it soooooo long ago, I don’t know if I’d be able to re-create it! It has a small store bought canvas purse as the base, and I basically added the felt “bun” and foam and fabric condiments.

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