With the exception of hand-hemming some pants for Nathan, I haven't sewed in over 2 years. My sewing room has become extremely cluttered and my sewing machine tension adjuster is having issues and breaks thread after about 2-3 inches of stitches. I've been working to declutter and I wanted to make a purse for my friend. She loves purses and I owed her a pay-it-forward from over a year ago, plus it was her birthday.
I found an easy reversible purse pattern online. The first challenge was enlarging the pattern by hand, since I didn't want to take it to a copy shop. I measured and free-handed it on newspaper and it came out pretty accurate. It has one short handle but I left both handles the same length with a fold-down line so I can make it either way.
I picked up 3 sets of fabric. One for Michelle, one for me, and one for a Christmas gift.
This last one is satin - I found the blue pattern on the clearance rack and bought the cream one to match.
I found a workaround for my sewing machine so the thread doesn't break and instantly fell in love with sewing again. I hadn't realized how much it had caused me to detest sewing, which isn't my favorite thing, but it isn't normally a nightmare either. I was able to make the pattern, cut out the fabric, and sew the purse all within a couple of hours.
It's hard to tell from this picture but the short handle slips over the long handle, which basically holds it shut. I can't wait to make my cupcake purse!