New Pattern for the New Year

Winter is settling in today. It is delightfully dark and dreary and I suspect we will have out first flakes of snow today. But, as you know, I love this kind of weather, especially if I am in the studio and fondling fabric. One of the first projects of the season has been to write and illustrate this new purse pattern. I call it the Pretty Perfect Pocket Purse and it is the bag that I actually use everyday. I have had so many people admire it, that a pattern was the obvious outcome.

I love this little bag (11″ wide and 12.5″ tall) because it is just the right size. It holds everything I need and the front pocket is great for all the things you want close to hand, like your keys and your cell phone.
But I like it, too, because it’s just FUN! It make people smile and the felt beads are the icing on the cake.

Both of these are made with the new Garden Divas fabric, which will be available in stores this January. But it is perfect for featuring some of that fancy fabric already in your stash. The other fun thing about this pattern is decorating the front pocket to make it personal and unique. On the first bag I quilted it and added she-sha mirrors. On the turquoise bag I quilted it and then added clear sequins and pink French knots. The front pocket is your creative canvas… beads, buttons, ribbons or paint. If you can’t find felt beads for the bottom, ball fringe will work just as well.

It takes a lot of concentration to put a pattern into production, so it is a good feeling to see the project come to life. We added it to the Sassaman Store this week, too, for those of you have taken the “handmade pledge” this holiday.

3 Responses to “New Pattern for the New Year”

  1. LuLu says:

    Howdy JANE,

    These bags look really neat! I love the embellishment too. I really enjoy embellishing, even more than designing stuff.

    Mary Lou H.

  2. Melissa P says:

    I'm enthralled with the second version. So fantastic. January will be here before we know it, but somehow, it just seems too far away when I'm waiting for Garden Divas to arrive in shops.

  3. Mimi says:

    Love these bags!! The fabric is gorgeous and the embellishements make it tres chic!

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