Wednesday, September 18, 2013


This week I have been able to make some Tote Purses from burlap fabric accented with vintage linens, doilies and antique button closures.  I find this is a great way to use up some of these old vintage pieces with holes in them - you just cut them up and use the good parts!  Also - when there is a big stain on something that can't be removed.  I am sharing some of the Tote Purses here:

You don't really need a pattern for this - just determine the size of the purse you want to make and of course that becomes the same size plus add 1 inch  more to allow for 1/2" seams on each side. You cut the lining the same way. 

  I also put a pocket inside on the lining for pens or lipstick, etc.  Sometimes I used old vintage hankies for the pocket part.  You cut a  5" strip across the fabric and then cut in half for the handles which are attached at each side. The lining is attached right sides together and turned inside out.  If you are an experienced sewer this all makes sense. Otherwise, patterns are out there!


Jody and Stan said...

I love each one!! You're so talented, wish I could sew like that!! The squirrel tote purse is so cute!


Anonymous said...

Beautiful and fun projects, Bernideen! Thank you for sharing. I've enjoyed your blog for about a year after finding it through Carolyn Aiken's blog. I think it's time for me to join up. I wouldn't want to miss your remarkable creativity! BTW, I'm a novelist and working on my 5th novel which is set in 1895, so I love seeing the vintage linens being saved. Blessings! Kay

Beth said...

Your purses are really fun, Bernideen! My favorite is the tan one with the butterfly doily. Great job!!!

Angela McRae said...

Wow, you have been the sewing queen lately! And what beautiful treasures you are whipping up!

Lavender Cottage said...

The purses are lovely Bernideen, and I suppose you sell them at your shop.

Susan said...

What an excellent way to display this vintage pieces--you're so creative, XOXO

Barbara said...

How lovely using the linens like that. It certainly looks like Autumn on your heading. Beautiful. Still trying to think Summer though!

[email protected] Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Bernideen, your purses are just lovely. What a fabulous way to use up linens. The squirrel is so cute. Thank you for sharing at my HOME and have a splendid weekend.


Ruthie Miller said...

Dear Bernideen,
You have been busy! They all look great.
I just reread your last post. I am amazed at the owl!! I must have read quickly and didn't realize he was real. Wow! How fortunate to be able to get a picture of him. He is quite amazing. I think you read my Louisa May Alcott post-that was her favorite bird.
xo Ruthie

[email protected] said...

Your bags are amazing. The butterfly one is exquisite as is the carving on the chair it's on.

Lady Linda said...

Oh you touched my heart! Love all your ideas...very inspiring.
Have you dried out?
Have a lovely weekend as we jump into fall.

janice15 said...

Very sweet, I really love that idea.. Happy Autumn with love Janice

relevanttealeaf said...

Your totes are lovely, Bernideen. Very pretty, and yet practical, while giving new life to vintage fabrics. You've been a busy lady!

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Hello Bernideen, I hope all is well! I am delighted to share that your post will be featured in this week's Home and Garden Thursday - I appreciate you sharing,

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Hi Bernideen,
I like your totes but I'm LOVING your Vicorian Parlor set, from what I can see of it! :)
Have a great day,