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Katie’s second project

2013 December 30
by elizabeth_admin

My niece Katie really wanted to sew another project on her new sewing machine before she left today.  She wanted a purse to match her new skirt.  I had plenty of fabric left over.  We researched what purse pattern to use on the internet and we both really liked this one we found on Etsy from Puperita’s shop.  It seemed the perfect size and pretty easy to sew.  A perfect project for a new beginner.


Image from Puperita on Etsy


Cute, right?

We couldn’t find any other purse that rivaled the cuteness of this purse, so I bought the PDF download.  We cut it out, fused the interfacing and sewed the entire purse in about 2.5 hours.  Not bad!  Katie sewed almost the entire purse herself.  I gave her a quick lesson on straight lines, curvy lines and pivot sewing the day before.  She really had an instant feel for how to feed and guide the fabric.  I think we have a new sewer on our hands, people!  Here’s her stitch sampler.



I’ve marked the stitching lines that Katie sewed herself and my examples with our initials.  She’s really that awesome.  🙂

And here’s Katie with her purse.  She picked the lining fabric.  She said she wanted a “surprise” on the inside.



Now is that professional work or what?  Sorry to brag so much, but I’m so excited for her.  One note, the only change I made to the pattern is that I added a velcro closure.  It’s a pretty sweet pattern.  I’m sure there’s a more efficient way to construct it, but I didn’t have time to figure it out today.

My other nieces now want a purse of their own.  So we’re off now to shop my stash for the fabrics.  Yeah!

Happy sewing!

15 Responses leave one →
  1. December 30, 2013

    Oh, that’s awesome! My sister just initiated a new sewer this past week too (her 6 yo granddaughter). It’s so exciting!!

  2. December 30, 2013

    Awww, I love the clouds! She did a great job. :o)

    I’ve never been able to get my nieces interested in sewing purses. It is ll about the doll clothes with them.

  3. Dilliander permalink
    December 30, 2013

    Christmas 2013 will be one for the memory bank 🙂 happy memories for both of you and such a lovely little purse. Katie clearly has a talent for sewing as well as a great teacher.

  4. December 31, 2013

    Awww, what a sweet story and wonderful memories you guys made along with the purse. She’s lucky to have you to share your expertise and knowledge.

  5. December 31, 2013

    How very delightful!

  6. December 31, 2013

    Katie is just adorable and a clever girl too. I remember learning to sew around her age. Happy memories.

  7. Judi permalink
    December 31, 2013

    You gave Katie her first sewing machine, but you also gave her a far greater gift that she will never forget…the gift of your “time”…teaching her how to sew. You are a very special aunt!!!

  8. December 31, 2013

    what a cute little purse! i have some young ones that want to start sewing, this sounds like a great starter project. your niece’s turned out so well!

  9. December 31, 2013

    What a cute purse for Katie, you two have had the best time. Thanks for sharing.

  10. December 31, 2013

    super cute

  11. January 2, 2014

    That purse is adorable! and Katie should be rightfully proud of her beautiful work. As should you! the inspirational teacher 🙂
    Best wishes for a fantastic 2014!

  12. January 3, 2014

    I’ll bet your niece will be a lifelong sewer, what with such a great teacher and the wonderful items she made. That is so exciting1

  13. January 8, 2014

    Adorable! Your niece and the little purse! So exciting to have a new sexist among us!

  14. January 10, 2014

    Goodness, I’m so impressed with her sewing skills and her sense of color. I think you have found yourself a sewing buddy for life!

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