Sunday, June 27, 2021

Sew Powerful Purses #64 & 65

Here are my latest purses I made for Sew Powerful. There is a story behind the flaps I made for these purses.

Many, many years ago (in a land far, far away...oops, I got getting carried away, sorry), now back to the story. I wanted to make a quilt using Fortune Cookie quotes on them. I was saving those little papers from the fortune cookies that had the fortunes or quotes written on them and my family would also save them for me when they ate at a Chinese Restaurant too. I chose a couple of similar quilt blocks to make and wrote the fortune in the center of the quilt blocks. I used Asian fabrics that I had and white fabric to write the words on. I made at least 15 or more blocks. I wasn't sure what size quilt I was going to make, so I just continued making blocks, each with a different fortune written on them as I didn't want to repeat any of the fortunes.

Well those quilt blocks along with other quilt blocks ended up in the UFO box and I forgot all about them. I really got in to making the purses for the Sew Powerful Purse Project and thought I should use up some miscellaneous quilt blocks that I had in my UFO box, so I went to take a peek and see what I had that was the right size to use (9" or under in size). I found so make blocks of stuff I had started and never finished that I decided I will take all the quilt blocks I found and turn them into the flaps for the purses. That's when I found those Fortune cookie quilt blocks. So I started making those into the purse flaps. I have about 10 I need to cut the fabric out for the rest of the purse pieces and sew them. But I also have been making more purses in the miscellaneous UFO blocks I found too. 

It is a long process because I had over 130 quilt blocks of all kinds that I first made into the flaps and I have been slowly cutting out fabric kits for each purse and then I will be sewing them up here and there. I shared one of the purses with the fortune cookie flap along with a few others I made recently and these are just a couple more I finished.  These purses are ongoing, so there is no deadline for making or sending them, and no specific number that needs to made from each purse maker, so I will always have several in various stages of completion. The finished purses I share here in blog posts as I finish them, and the tab at the top of this blog that says Sew Powerful Purse Project, I share all of the purses I have made to date there (since Dec. 2020, when I first started making the purses).

It feels good knowing these purses will go to such a worthwhile cause and especially to help young women and the older ones too. Plus, I am able to put all those fabric scraps to good use and fabric I want to use up too.

So that is my story behind these former Fortune Cookie quilt blocks and now Fortune Cookie Purse Flaps. Stay tuned to see more purses made with these quilt blocks as I work my way through making them.

2 purses with Fortune Cookie quotes on them.

Close up of purse flap

Close up of purse flap

Flaps up to see the lining and front pocket of purses
And the "You look beautiful" label on the flap lining.

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  1. I love this idea! Looking forward to seeing what the other fortunes are. (Did you just letter them yourself, btw?)

  2. Thanks for sharing your story and how inspiring that will be for the females that receive these purses. Is that your real hand writing, gorgeous!

  3. for all the purses you've made they should name a school after you. who doesn't love the fortune, in cookies, what a great idea for the purses. I love them, great job as always you and the quotes are so positive the girls will love them.

  4. These are awesome! I love your blue handmade tags too!


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