Handmade Divided Basket and Purse Palooza

I was asked by Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness to participate in Purse Palooza 2013 – this is a fantastic round-up of reviews of patterns for assorted purses and bags with opportunities to learn as well as win fun prizes. If you’re interested in learning more about bags, you should check it out. Sara is a super-talented bag designer. She even has a new book coming out in the next few weeks called Big-City Bags: Sew Handbags with Style, Sass, and Sophistication
For my project I choose Anna of Noodlehead’s Divided Basket.  I have loved the look of this fabric basket and wanted to try this pattern for a long time. I was so excited to finally have the excuse to make me do it! I’ve wanted something stylish to carry around my current sewing project and make me at least feel and look a little more organized in the process.
You can read my review and experience making this project at Sew Sweetness. (I finally got some Clover binding clips and loved being able to put them to use on this project.)
Fabrics I used for my basket include: Red exterior – Stamped by Ellen Lucket Baker (which is sadly, pretty scarce these days. I’ve been hoarding it for just the right project.); Canvas handles and divider – Glimma Dandelion stripes in Canvas, Lining- Denim from Amy Barickman’s Crossroads Denim in French Vanilla. The exterior pocket was made from a couple of scraps and remnants. For stabilizer I used Peltex 71F (fusible heavy-weight Peltex) because that is what I had on hand and I like the stability and shape it gives.


  1. says

    thanks for sharing your tips — I really like the structure yours has. I have this pattern and I've been dying to make it! Yours looks lovely. I am really coveting that ELB fabric. I didn't get a single piece of that line. (I only have so much money, alas.)

  2. says

    Your basket looks great! Don't you just love the clover clips? The big green ones are handy too! I don't know how i survived the many pin stabbings without them;)

  3. says

    I am 'bag/purse/tote' challenged! Lets just say I'm not confident sewing them! I do have the perfect fabric for one…so I'm off to check out Purse Palooza! I love this divided basket and your fabric choices!

  4. says

    I&#39;ve been wanted to make hubby a caddy like that for his truck…he has all these tape measures and pencils and stuff like that in a cardboard lid….not going to hold up! Of course I have all kinds of carpenter fabrics for this…guess I know what I&#39;m going to do this week!:)<br />btw…did you see my comment on your last post about the girl seeing Cath Kidston at the Cheltenham Lit Fest

  5. says

    Love it, and you chose such a lovely selection of fabrics to make it. I am still waiting for the tutorial on the Union Jack totes as well. I am sure a lot of us are.

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