something i made: orange pleated handbag

me and my new handmade orange purse (day 10 of the 30 day photo challenge: something i made)

Today’s photo challenge, “Something I Made”, is only difficult for me because there are so many things to choose from! I made some peach jam yesterday, and while my sample toast this morning was perfect, it doesn’t make for a particularly captivating photograph. Then I saw my orange purse, and realized: I still haven’t shown you my purse!

my new handmade orange purse, modeled by a post

I made this purse in the middle of June due to sheer necessity. I had been carrying around my darling bicycle tote for quite some time, and although I love it, it’s not always up to Purse Standards. It’s got pockets, and it’s the best tote ever, but it’s not a purse.

This guy, with its magnetic snap, pleats, adjustable strap, and 10 pockets (!!), is much closer to Purse Standards.

handmade orange purse with blue & white striped interior... and 10 pockets!

The only things blocking it from true Purse Standards are its bright orange hue and utilitarian canvas exterior – which I wouldn’t trade for the world. Cameras aren’t good with orange, though; my apologies. The color is as accurately represented as my camera will allow: in real life it’s an incredibly saturated shade of orange.

It’s lined in a contrasting cobalt blue-and-white stripe. As you can see, there are pockets on each side of the purse – some are sized to fit gum, my little wallet, my phone, a notepad, and pens. There’s also a small zipper pocket – and the zipper is yellow. The pocket lining is a surprise yellow floral. I love making zipper pockets with surprisingly fun linings! And I absolutely adore having a plethora of pockets!

handmade orange purse with blue & white striped interior... and 10 pockets!

This bag was modeled after an awesome moop bag, which I considered purchasing but theirs was too big for me and – let’s face it – not bright orange with a blue-and-white striped lining. But if you like this style, I’ve heard great things about their quality, and it’s all handmade, so go moop!

In other news, I listed a few things on ebay today… I’ve got some 5-Tee bulk lots of American Apparel solid color tees that would be perfect for tie-dying or screen printing, plus a retired Alexander Henry “Bobby Sock Rock” fabric… I’m clearing out my stash and hopefully some crafty types will benefit from it!

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful Wednesday!

oh! p.s. the photo of me was taken by my 13-year-old brother, thanks Andy!

This photo is part of oh so lovely’s 30 Day Photo Challenge. Today is Day 10: Something I Made.

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4 Responses

  1. Aunt Mary says:

    OMG!! That is an awesome purse!!

  2. Handmade says:

    Cute ideas for summer. i like it. thanks

  3. Michelle says:

    I loooove your purse! I’ve actually been looking for something very similar to that but every one that I’ve seen is either too big or a hideous print.

    You’re looking beautiful as always, by the way. :)

  4. Dee says:

    Gorgeous purse! I love the colour combination and the organizer inside:)
    Am I able to get hold of the pattern as this is the perfect purse for my daughter:)

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