What in the world are mini charms? If you’re not a quilter you may not know.
These are “mini charms.” They are 2 1/2″ by 2 1/2″ square cuts of fabric.
I got these bad boys a few months back from the Fat Quarter Shop. One of my prize winnings from Refashion Runway was a gift card to said establishment 🙂 I am SO not a quilter but I do love me some funky printed fabric! I got these 2 bundles of Mini Charms, some fat quarters, and “Layer Cake” squares.
I thought I’d branch out of my comfort zone a little bit and make a purse… out of these mini charms bundles.
I began by laying out all the fabric pieces…
I focused on one bundle of these at a time…
This took me a while because I’m anal and secondly, I was kind of on sensory overload and I struggle with focusing well when I have too much stimuli (too many pretties!). But once I did (hours later—wish I was kidding…) I had to sew these together 2 pieces at a time.
I sewed them together with a 1/4″ seam, which is standard when you’re quilting.
This was kinda difficult because the mini charms were cut with pinking shears… so they technically had 2 right edges. It through me off a little (it doesn’t take much!).
Press as you go. Do NOT Iron. Ironing is moving the iron back and forth. That stretches your material and can affect your seams. PRESS the seams in place by holding the iron on the fabric for several seconds.
When I went to the quilting expo 2 summers ago for work, I learned a lot about quilting. Many classes I attended were taught by quilting bloggers. Every single one of them said to press your seams to the “darker” fabric… Before, I always ironed the seams open like when you’re making clothes. That’s difficult when you’re quilting because the 1/4″ seams are so tight and secondly… all the quilting bloggers do it like this… so that’s what I did 😀
Keep it going until they’re all sewn together in one big piece of fabric.
It’s not too bad… some of the seams don’t line up perfectly…
I repeated that process with the other mini charms bundle, of course. Then, I decided I wanted a fun lining. So I used the mini charms panel as a template for my lining.
The remaining fabric from this fat quarter wasn’t big enough for my second lining piece, so I just cut and sewed it together to make it big enough 🙂 #Lazy
I absolutely HATE flimsy purses… so I cut 2 pieces of quilt batting. This will give my fabric some stability.
This is where I began to struggle… I wanted to put in a zipper, which I’ve NEVER done before. Ever. As fate would have it, Beth Huntington posted a super easy tutorial about it… isn’t it funny how things come full circle?
Using that tutorial, I did my very FIRST zipper 🙂
I sewed down the corners to give it a little more depth.
Then I turned it Right side out.
I’m sure there’s a proper process to constructing a zippered purse with lining… but I had no clue. This is all new territory for me and I made this up as I went.
All this material added up to be quite thick. Our Janome 6600P went through it like butter 🙂 It’s seriously one of my most favorite sewing machines!
The final product didn’t turn out too bad! Not bad for my first quilted purse.
Do those handles look familiar? I stole them from another project 🙂
It’s good to get out of your comfort zone once in a while. You’ll be happy to know I have since figured out the proper way to construct a lined purse with a zipper… maybe for my next project you’ll get to see me construct it the RIGHT way.
Be prepared to see many more projects like this one in the winter months as I 1.) am not motivated to sew cute clothes when it’s 20 below and 2.) this fabric is too awesome not to blog about 🙂
Thank you, Fat Quarter Shop for your generous gift card!