This make came about because I wanted to make something special for a dear friend’s daughter’s 21st birthday. I’ve been waiting to post this until today as this is her birthday and I wanted to make sure that she opened it before she read how to make it!
I started off with a piece of soft felt roughly 48cm x 24cm.
Then using a needle felting tool I felted in some ‘Oliver Twist Silk Fibres’ (I bought these from Rainbow Silks – a treasure trove of beautiful creative supplies in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire – it’s next door to the Roald Dahl Museum if you want to make a day of it. They also do mail order if a trip isn’t possible.)
After I got the fibres in place, I sewed on some yarn and beads. (Scroll down for a picture.)
Once the decoration was all in place I cut a piece of lining fabric slightly larger than the piece of felt all the way around the rectangle.
For this purse I found a piece of beautiful, fine cotton Liberty print in my stash.
I pinned the lining to the felt, right sides together so that the lining would show slightly on the two shorter sides.
I then sewed the lining to the felt around 3 sides (the two longer sides and the short side just below the felted design). After turning right side out, I closed the fourth edge by folding the lining over the felt slightly and hemming in place.
I used velcro to close the flap to the purse part.
At this point, I looked at the purse and thought, ‘This isn’t what I had in mind for Lily. Start again!’
I used black felt this time and followed the colours of the lining for the felting and beading. I also added a label inside with her name and today’s date that I printed on fabric using Bubble Jet Set (more of this technique to come).
Happy birthday Lily!