Here's a fun little thing I learned how to make this past week. A change purse! I bought the pattern at my favorite quilt shop, Quilter's Way of Acton, and got to work right away. I used two small pieces of fabric for the outside, and two more for the inside pockets
plus fusible fleece and interfacing, sticky-back velcro, a Hawaiian coconut shell button and the usual sewing notions and machine. The pockets hold standard-size business or credit cards. It would be a great accessory for those you headed to BEA or other functions where you'll be passing out and collecting lots of business cards. Here's the back:
Since this was my first one there's definitely room for improvement, but overall I'm pretty happy with it. I picked out a really cute cat print to use for a couple more. I used scraps for this one but you can cut enough fabric for two from a fat quarter, if you cut the long edge parallel to the selvage. I can't wait to get started. It took me about an hour to make this one; I think doing two or three at once, assembly-line style, is very practical. I'd love to get good enough at making these to sell them but for now I think they'd make fun gifts.
And I'm giving this one away to one of you if you'd like it! If you live in the US and would like a little turtle purse, leave a comment with an email address. The giveaway will be open for a week, till next Saturday.