A few weeks ago Veanna from sosewlovely posted about making a little tote bag for her niece. I thought this was a great idea – my oldest niece, who lives on the other side of the world, was 10 this month (and I forgot her birthday!). Like Veanna I’ve found it hard to gage what to make for rapidly growing-up girls, and quickly latched on to the idea of making a purse. A few days later I came across 8B Creative’s blog on the buttercup bag from made-by-rae and fell in love with its shape. I’ve downloaded the pattern and printed it all out.
My niece currently loves polka dots and purple – and I thought it would be fun to have the base of the bag out of larger polka dots and the top out of small polka dots. So today I set off to Albert Cuyp market in search of just the right thing!
In De Boerenbonthal I was a bit overwhelmed by their polka dot section four, large, full shelves of polka dots in tons of colors. But not a lot of purple. Or I should clarify not a lot of dark purple, quite a bit of lilac.
Dilemma: I could make the purse out of three different lilac colored fabrics – large polka dots for the base, medium for the top, and small for the strap. Or I could make it plain – dark purple polka dots all over (relatively plain that is). In angst I texted my sister (it was 6:30am her time) luckily she was up and clarified that the dark purple was the best option. But after all my imaginings it seems so boring to have it in just one size of polka dot. So in the end I decided to line it with smaller polka dots on lilac.
Then I headed across the road to Jan’s for some magnetic closures. Success.
All it all it went really well for my first ever purse/bag. Attaching the magnetic snaps gave me cause to pause as I realised I had no idea whatsoever how to attach them. So I googled it and found this handy tutorial with photos for every single step quite helpful. It was a quick and straightforward pattern to follow and its probably taken me less than 2 1/2 hrs to make including printing and cutting out pattern!
I’m super pleased with it and suspect I’ll be making quite a few more of these as presents!