Pretty Dresden Purse

It’s been such a long time since I completed a project! I think it was Christmas!!

I actually finished this little Dresden about a year ago! It was the first bit of sewing I was able to do after having Mabel. I mentioned here before that I had terrible carpal tunnel syndrome during the last few months of my pregnancy which made it almost impossible to hold a needle. The sensation lasted for a while after she was born too. Not that I had time to sew when she first arrived!

I remember feeling so pleased with myself when I finished it, I was getting ‘me’ back a little. Unfortunately it sat sadly in my wip pile all this time. I wasn’t entirely sure what to do with it, and thought maybe a pot holder. It was only a couple of weeks ago and I thought how it would make a lovely little purse! It is my mum’s birthday today and so I decided it would make a nice little gift for her.

If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen my progress. I appliqued it onto some beautiful Japanese linen and then added some hand quilting.

Then it was just a case of turning it into a little purse. It has been over 2 years since I last made a purse, I couldn’t believe it when I realised that, especially considering I used to have a shop selling them! It’s quite sad really, I would love to reopen my shop but Mabel keeps me so busy, there isn’t much time for that, but then I know other mum’s manage it so…

Anyway I am pleased with the final result, if I’m allowed to say so it’s so pretty. I may have to make one for myself! I’m looking forward to giving it her, I hope she likes it! She’s a fellow EPP (English paper piecing) addict so I’m wondering if it will hold some of her hexies when she has to go to the hospital for her treatments. I also got her a lovely pair of Zakka style scissors like the ones in the picture above. Look how they were packaged when they arrived! I don’t need to wrap them, just perfect!


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