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Becky’s perfect pony purse

May 25th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Becky's perfect pony purseWhat follows isn’t exactly a tutorial — partly because I sort of failed to take pictures of the middle of the process, and mainly because I don’t think you can duplicate this item (click for big).  I will say that I don’t think this is the most efficient or professional way to make a bag, either - but it worked for this project, and I think it turned out well in light of my minimal lining experience.  This pony bag was fun to make, and maybe my information will inspire you to make something sorta semi-similar. Because there are a lot of photos (and I’m never sure about resizing), I’m directing you to Flickr for the pictures.  All images were taken by me, 2010.

  1. Make a pattern.  In our case, this involved drawing a horse (imagine my surprise at finding that I can do that), adding details, and cutting it out.
  2. Acquire some fabric, or dig it out of the bottom of your scrap bag.  Amazing what I found in there that day.  You need an exterior fabric and a contrast lining; I used corduroy for the outside and printed denim for the inside.
  3. With right sides together, trace the pattern on the wrong side of each of your fabrics.  Add a seam allowance (doesn’t matter how big, as long as you’re consistent - I think this was 1/2″, but I’m not sure).  Cut two pieces from each fabric.
  4. Measure the length of the seam where you’ll attach the strap.  That would be the stitching line, not the actual edge of the cut piece.  In my case, the strap runs from the tip of the pony’s nose, down the front of the neck, around the lower edge, and up the back of the neck to the tip of the ear.
  5. Cut some long strips from each fabric (Becky did this cutting) and sew them into a loop that is considerably longer than the measurement from step 4.  (It’s kind of a miracle that this purse ended up so well proportioned.)  You may need to sew end-to-end first, as I did.  Then sew the exterior to the lining fabric, right sides together, leaving an opening for turning.  Turn the resulting tube right side out and press it flat before closing the opening and sewing the ends together.  Set this aside.
  6. If you’re me: figure out the order of operations at this point.  Add embellishments as desired (in this case, inner ears from ultrasuede, ribbon for reins/bridle, and embroidery for facial details).  The mane will come later, but this is the time to sew on the outer and inner pockets.
  7. Again, if you’re me: stop taking pictures while you think about things.
  8. For each side of the bag: sew an embellished exterior piece to a lining piece, right sides together, catching a strip of black jersey in the seam for the mane.  Leave the bottom of the neck open for turning.  Turn and press.  Topstitch close to the edge, both to finish and to close the opening you left before.
  9. To attach the strap: Fudge.  What I did, which I don’t think is necessarily kosher, was butt the edge of a side piece together with a long edge of the strap and sew a wide/short zigzag stitch to connect the two.  Then I repeated that process on the other side.  It works, and basically it masquerades as a flatlock stitch on a serger.  Here’s what the bag looks like on the inside.
  10. Beam when your kid wants to take the bag to school for show and tell. :)

There now.  Fun stuff.  Upcoming: Adam’s first sewing project and some sartorial show-and-tell too.

Tags: daily · quilts and sewing · kid stuff · things I'd like to tell my mom · stuff I made · becky

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Caroline M // May 25, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Who’s a clever girl then? Will she come home with orders for more?

  • 2 Christie // May 25, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Funny, she actually did get in the car and say, “Laura and Alexa want one too.” And I said, “I think I would rather you had the only one in the world.” What I didn’t say was, “I’m not going through all that again.” :)

  • 3 Melody // May 26, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    So cool!

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