The Making of an Artful Purse (part 3)

Making an artful purse takes time, but it is all well worth it when it’s done.

I know What we now have after step 2 looks like…well kind of a mess, doesn’t it.

You might be thinking it can’t really turn into anything cool, let alone a purse that is worthy to be called wearable art!

Magic will happen with just a few simple appliques.

Making an Artful Purse with Circle Appliqués

I’m not saying that you have to limit yourself to circles either.

But I lean towards a circular shape for a couple of reasons.

  • Ease of appliqué
  • It gives the eye a break from all the angular cuts.

You can make your circles using this handy Fiskars Fabric Circle Cutter

  • Use some plastic container lids for templates
  • trace around them with a pencil,
  • Cut out your shapes

Either method works well.

Download your part 3 guide today.

Part 3 Steps for an Artful Purse

Materials needed:

Materials you'll need today

  • Fabrics to contrast and coordinate with the background.
  • Scraps need to be large enough to make circles from 2″ – 5″ in diameter.
    Fusible Webbing
  • Scissors
  • optional Fabric Circle Cutter
  • Threads to match or contrast appliques

What You’ll Do

  1. Fuse webbing to the back of your fabric according to manufacturer’s directions
  2. Trace the circle shapes to the right side of fabric or use the Fiskars Fabric Circle Cutter (following manufacturer’s directions)
  3. You can make circles as small or large as you like I usually make mine between 2 and 4 inches, Sometimes 5 depending on the fabrics and the project.

    Make plenty of them so you have choices. I usually make a dozen or so in different sizes and colors.

    Making an Artful Purse with Circle Appliqués
    Step 1 cut circles

  4. Now Start “showcasing” them on your fabric.
  5. showcase circles on background fabric
    Showcase circles

    Put them on the background and arrange them until you like what you see.

    Get creative.

  6. Once you’re satisfied. Fuse the appliqués in place.
  7. fuse circles in place

  8. Using a narrow satin stitch with matching or contrasting thread and stitching close to the edge appliqué your shapes in place.
  9. appliqué with a narrow satin stitch

Step 3 of your Artful Purse

Step 3 is now complete.
You could just turn it into an abstract wall hanging or continue along with me in the making of your new purse.

Step 3 of the artful purse is complete

See you next time!

Happy purse making 🙂

Adele, Blogging the Creative Life

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This is step 3 in the making of a unique stylish artful purse.   This step involves machine appliqués

Article Name
The Making of an Artful Purse (part 3)
In step 3 of our 8 part series (making a fun and funky art purse) we'll be adding appliques to the background fabric
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Adele Mogavero - Del~Lillian's


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