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Shop Talk: Thank Heaven for Little Girls Purse by Kristyne Czepuryk
by Tammy Olson

Welcome back to Shop Talk here at The Featherweight Shop! We love our local chit chat with staff, gathering around the dinette table so-to-speak (because that is what we have!) and sharing with one another. In these segments, we exchange patterns, recipes, organizational ideas, history quips, crafty projects, and smiles about learning an old-fashioned way of doing things. Shop Talk is the fun tidbits of news!


Tammy created an adorable hand purse for her granddaughter, Scarlet, in this week's Shop Talk. Please join in the fun as we follow along with her! 

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I knew my granddaughter would love this 'Thank Heaven for Little Girls' purse to hold her special things on Sundays. The strawberries reminded me of when I was a little girl growing up in the country with freshly-mowed grass, sunshine, and summer!

When picking out material, I chose a beautiful strawberry print with a lining of red with white polka dots. To dress up this darling purse, I decided to use jumbo pink ric rac in place of the lace and ribbon.

I began by cutting all the pieces needed to assemble the purse. Then I fused the batting (using spray basting) to the wrong side of the body and quilted it. I used a disappearing marker and a ruler to draw the quilting lines so I could follow along with a Walking Foot. I love straight lines!

A Walking Foot for the Singer Featherweight 221 or 222.

It was a little unsettling to cut a corner out of both pieces along the fold, but I did it, and when I sewed them to form the bottom of the bag, I was glad I did! When I turned the body inside out, it was perfect.  

The ruffle came next. After sewing a basting seam, I attached the ruffle piece to the quilted piece and gathered it carefully and sewed it in place.

I attached the handles, so they lay down the same way as the ruffle. I did sew over these a couple of times as they will probably get lots of tugs. They will stand upright when the ruffle stands up when it is finished.

I purchased a pretty little notebook, put several small colored pencils in a tin, added stickers, a pocket Bible and a snack inside this sweet little purse for my granddaughter! 

P.S. You could use material with frogs, puppies, or trucks to make this bag for a grandson!