Friday, February 7, 2014

MY VINTAGE PRAIRIE PURSES

Are you doing any sewing this winter?  I decided to sew some purses for my shop this week using old fabrics I have picked up while antiquing.  Vintage textiles have so much more character and I love the old doilies, vintage hankies, embroidery and buttons which can be used to embellish them.  My husband thinks I've lost it because as I am sewing I am listening on the radio to COWBOY MUSIC!  Therefore - these are VINTAGE PRAIRIE PURSES!





Since I am making up my own pattern, my first purse (just above) came out rather large.  Actually I think "bigger ladies" look better with bigger purses!  I just need a bigger lady!  The one below was really a better size in general and so this size will be the one I will make from now on.   I have a passion for these pansy doilies.

 It is very cold here and has snowed almost every day this week.  Now it is starting the melt a bit so it is a perfect time to sew.  Now the little smaller but still big size below:




One example of old fabrics that are unique are old drapery panels that are still in great shape.  Also, old bed covers are lovely fabric sources for cutting up.  This pink fabric is an old bed cover and I have lots of it to cut up so I made 2 out of the pink.  Yes, that's a potholder on the front - from the flea market!





I have to tell you I am as guilty as anyone about collecting things for sewing and I am well aware that is the easy part. Do you have lots of fabric, etc. just waiting for something to happen!  Maybe the "sewing fairy" will come tonight while you are sleeping. When you are taking the old pieces and creating something out of them means you are finally getting down to business!  It was time to make a bunch of purses  with my collection of fabrics, doilies, hankies, old buttons and linens.  I will be selling most of these - but keeping 2. I wish I had more done but these take longer to make than a simple tote and are lined with inside storage pockets.   One more out of old chintz: 


 And the back side of all of them:


 Actually - once you get started and make one thing you feel so much better and baby YOU ARE ON YOUR WAY!


27 comments:

The Victorian Girl said...

Those are sooo cute! I have drawers and drawers of old linens, doilies, etc. Just can't pass them up!

Julie Marie said...

Those are all sooo beautiful Bernideen!... I love everything about the Prairie... and your "Prairie purses" are just fabulous. Love the pretty doilies and vintage potholders you used on them... I also love country music!... xoxo Julie Marie

Angela McRae said...

You're drinking Red Bull this week instead of tea, aren't you, Bernideen? (I want some of your energy, my friend!) The purses are lovely, and I am smiling just picturing the big lady who gets to buy the big purse. She will be thrilled!

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

Oh Bernideen! I just love your Prairie Purses...I think the one with the pansies is my favorite...no, maybe the pink one with the pot holder......I just love them alll!!! Hugs, Penny

Susan said...

So charming and now you know how I feel about all the aprons I make...after a few, well, whats a hundred more:-D I'll have to wait until I can unpack some of my old doilies from my grandmothers to try this, but oh, I can't wait! XOXO

Bernideen said...

You could put one on the pocket you put on the front of the aprons!

Bernideen said...

I never had Red Bull but I started with iced tea and moved on to Pepsi!

Bernideen said...

My husband even loved your Cu-cu Clocks. I just have to start looking as I already showed him the perfect spot for one in Vintage white in the living room!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

So, so pretty. I love all the accents on them! You did a fantastic job!

ellen b. said...

Fun purses!!

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Those are so cute! I love the pink one in the center.

Janneke said...

These purses are so pretty, the ones with violets are my favourite. Such fun to call them prairie purses, I love listening to cowboy music too.

Shelia said...

Hi Bernideen! How are you? Fine, I see, looking at these pretty bags you've made! I love them! Thanks so much for popping in to see me.
be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Vee said...

Oh my! Those are beautiful! (I do agree that larger ladies must be careful about scale and I don't mean the ones in the bathroom.)

Beth said...

Your vintage prairie purses are beautiful, Bernideen! My favorite is the pink one. Lovely!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

The purses are lovely Bernideen.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I love your purses and yes, I have tons of fabric, doilies and actually the same potholder on one of your purses! Unfortunately I don't have the talent to make a lovely purse out of them!! Can the average blogger get access to buying one?! Visiting from Share Your Cup Thursday

Donna Heber said...

Wow, Bernideen your purses are gorgeous! You are a woman of many talents. I love the pink and white one with the rose.

[email protected] said...

They are amazing: please keep listening to cowboy music while sewing. I do pray the sewing fairies come tonight at the cottage as I've been meaning to sew a pillow cover for the kitchen chair for ages, but never find the time!

Lady Linda said...

I am sooo in love with these purses. Such a nice assortment and so interesting. You do beautiful work Bernideen!

Clara said...

Your purses are so pretty Bernideen.. I especially like the yellow pansy one. the color is great. I have a stash of old linens and dresser scarfs and I make pillows and doll clothes out of them. Of coarse my sewing room is a treasure trove of fabric (I'm a quilter Lol) See you later for tea.
~Clara

Beth Laverty said...


Lovely purses. Each one is so special. I wish the sewing fairies would come to visit me.

Your post is so inspirational for me. I have an awful lot of old linens and such. I was planning to do "something" with them. Maybe this will get me moving. Just don't hold your breath!

A Brit in Tennessee said...

What beautiful purses, and so many patterns to choose from !
Such a talented lady, is there anything you can't turn your hand to ?
Thank you for sharing them with us.
~Jo

Storybook Woods said...

These are really sweet Bernideen. I bet they sell well xox Clarice

Jann Olson said...

Bernideen, these are so very sweet! I love the addition of the doilies and potholders. You are one creative gal. I really don't pick up a lot of textiles and fabric unless I have a project in mind. That just might have to change. lol! Thanks for sharing with SYC. I will be featuring you later today.
hugs,
Jann

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Bernideen, I LOVE your purses! Each one is so unique and special in its own way. What a talented lady you are! I'm sorry I'm just getting here now to see your post because I was down with the flu last weekend. I'm sure your purses won't take long to sell. Wish I lived closer at times.

In answer to your question; I have only the one Serena teacup and I love it! Hope you have a wonderful Valentine's day with your sweetie!

Blessings,
Sandi

Barbara said...

So clever.