The Purse That Wasn’t

During my visit to Quilting Adventures, I picked up the cutest little purse pattern. The Ellie purse by Bunny’s Designs. They had the cutest sample sewn up, made with some great Japanese fabrics. I could not wait to sew up one for me.

As I was sewing the purse, I had an epiphany: the Ellie is designed for kids.

Don’t ask me why it took so long to figure this out. After all, I actually checked out an actual bag made with this pattern. Held it in my hands, turned it inside out. Duuuuuuuh.

(Luckily for me, Bunny’s Designs has a grown-up version — the Julia — which I now own.)

I made the not-my-purse with some of that fun Kawaii Asian fabric from Robert Kauffman. Just love the colors! I’m fairly certain I’ll make the big version for me with the same fabric.

Had I actually had the proper size of zipper on hand, I would have gotten the bag done in about an hour. Yep, it’s just that quick. Believe it or not, it’s basically all one piece. Just a cute little clamshell of a purse.

That little miss of mine has insisted on carrying it everywhere for the past week or so, and it’s stuffed full of her treasures. With any luck, I’ll be filling my own soon.

13 Replies to “The Purse That Wasn’t”

  1. I love the fabrics– the purse looks great! You know, I would probably use that purse anyway even though it is meant for kids. Little Miss L may need a new one to match all her outfits!

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  2. Ok, so I have this pattern too (from Quilting Adventures as well!) and get it out and fondle it occasionally…. I REALLY want to make it for my 2 and 4 year old girls but the zipper scares me! I learned how to put in a zipper from a great tutorial at but I don’t think this will work in this case because of the design…. Are there any great tutorials out there that could help me install the zipper in sewing projects like this one? I’m a new sewer and can’t wrap my brain around written instructions…. I’ve learned everything I know from on-line tutes!

  3. I love the purse – my little miss has been wanting me to make her a purse and I think this might be the right design!

  4. Ok i love the purse way too cute…but the model is…way to cute..i just wanna give her big hug and kiss. love it!!!!!!!!

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