Sunday, October 29, 2017

Kisslock Purse in Hot Air Balloon Fabric

I am sure you have seen this hot air balloon fabric a lot in a variety of bags now if you are a follower. I bought a few yards of it and wanted to make a variety of items to sell while the Balloon Fiesta was happening in early October. Well I only got to put a few items in the gift shop. Either I had my item limit in the shop already and things didn't sell quickly enough to put in more items. So this one never made it to the shop, but hopefully someone will purchase it at one of the 2 craft shows I am doing next week. 

Sales have been down this year at the gift shop probably due in part to ART (Albuquerque Rapid Transit) project that has Central Ave all torn up to put in a transit line. The poor businesses actually on the line have been so negatively impacted while this has been going on. If they can hang on long enough until the project is finished, it will hopefully bring them customers back again. But meanwhile no one wants to even go near the traffic mess if they do not have to. I think it is supposed to be finished by the end of the year. 

Meanwhile, getting back to this bag. I had some of these purse frames that I bought and wanted to use. The bag goes together easily enough, but sewing it on the frame is what really takes time and patience! This frame has a lot of holes to sew in to. I used foam stabilizer so the bag can stand up nicely. I will slowly make more bags with these frames in a variety of fabrics, but because of the hand sewing the frame in place, I will take my time in making these. I really loved these framed bags a few years ago and made several, but then wanted to try other bags and so I really need to get back to making more of these, maybe I will try other style bag shapes using this frame and see how they turn out. 

This is the back of the bag.

There is a divided pocket on the front. I added some rickrack too.

The frame opens nice and wide and has slip pockets inside too.

I am linking this to Elm Street Quilts Bag It 2017.
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  1. I love these coin purses they are so much fun to open and they are very practical. Love the balloon fabric. I've never made one for the exact reason you mentioned, the sewing seems very tedious and awkward.
    good for your for making so many beautiful ones.

  2. Okay, I can't see all that clearly, but is that a balloon charm on the zipper pull? I will never tire of this fabric no matter how many times I see it. It gives me the same sense of "wow" as I get when I see an actual gaggle of balloons like this in real life. Y'know how we've discussed having patience for certain things and not others? Well, I don't think I would ever want to install one of these purse frames... but you obviously have the commitment required!

  3. I've tried those frames and got very frustrated, so my sewy friend who LOVES handwork (and the smaller, the better!) helped me out and finished mine - I ended up giving her the several frames I had bought when I was eagerly antipating learning a new technique. We both won in that one - I gifted the bag to someone without getting frustrated working on it, and she got to do a project she liked, and was rewarded with some hardware - win/win :D My design was only simple though - yours is extra special with the wonderful shape, the cute fabric and the extra bling you added - winner winner hot air balloon dinner! *groans but decides to post anyways* :D

  4. Such a pretty framed purse. I never got around to try it, now maybe I should give it a try. All the best for th craft show!

    1. Thank you! You are no-reply, so I couldn't email you directly. Try a small coin purse first to get the idea of how these go together.

  5. Lovely little pursette. I bought one of these frames and have yet to make anything of it. Never enough time for everything. Construction is always rough on small shops and I hope they can carry forward. Happy Sales on your upcoming shows...<3

  6. Great bag. I was just thinking of making some myself - did you use a specific pattern? Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts Bag It!

  7. I never got around to try it, now maybe I should give it a try. All the best for th craft show!


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