Monday, November 26, 2012

Feather Inspiration...


I thought my latest sewing project would be the perfect follow up to last week's bird post. I'd been planning to make a new purse all Summer.  Then my husband picked up this blue jay feather in our yard and inspiration finally struck.

My Webe purse did not have enough pockets.  And you can never have too many pockets I say.  Plus it didn't survive the wash.  But I used it as a pattern of sorts.  And I used the pillow shams from my old denim love seat for fabric.  We gave away the love seat when we redecorated our house.  But the pillow shams were brand new and had never been used.  My denim pockets rug is the backdrop for this post! Of course, I didn't do this project on my own.  There is never a shortage of help.  The feline variety.

Making pockets.

I used a piece of fabric that my Mom gave me a long time ago for the contrasting top.  I sewed the two pieces together for a purse front and back.

Pockets.  I drew the loop pattern on the denim with colored pencil.

I painted my inspiration feather on with fabric paint.  Then ironed it to seal the deal.

Then I sewed the pockets on the back.

I sewed on the feather emblem.

I sewed the pockets onto the lining fabric.  I had this fabric on hand from some curtains I made a long time ago.  In fact, I didn't buy one thing for this whole project.  Not even the zipper! 

Here I'm sewing on the strap. It is also made from an old curtain.

The inside.  I used the zipper from one of the pillow shams.  



So far I LOVE this purse.  It is so light weight and handy with all those pockets.  Now I just need another feather to inspire a Winter purse.  I'm thinking cardinal...

9 comments:

Sprite said...

This is beautiful and practical! How fun, too, that you made this all from things you had on hand! YAY!

Marilia said...

Awesome!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Well I'm impressed! It turned out brilliantly!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Oh such wonderful ideas, and I love the painted feather! So beautiful.
I love feathers so much, and pockets and denims,, and all your wonderful ideas.
love
tweedles

TexWisGirl said...

that is really cool and very creative!

The Chair Speaks said...

This is absolutely lovely and creative. Love the feather painting. Our human agrees about more pockets! :) Purrs!

Linda Hensley said...

So pretty! Kind of makes me feel like painting on fabric, but I shudder to think of sewing. Your "whiskers" makes me smile :)

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

you are SOOOOOOOOOO darned creative! LOVE IT! LOVE THAT PURSE!

Hilary said...

This is amazing.. you're so creative. I love feathers and love that you used one in this lovely creation.