Christmas Purse-making Extravaganza!

Now that Christmas is done and I’ve sent off all of my homemade gifts, I can share them with everyone else. I spent three weeks in November and a week in December sewing quilted purses for all of the ladies in my family and also for a few friends, but I swear I will never take on such an enormous project ever again. For one, I’m not a seamstress or a quilter, so it was a learn-as-I-go process and it was so frustrating sometimes that I wanted to throw my sewing machine out the window! I’m proud to say that I didn’t give up and with the help of my lovable husband and my amazing Auntie Shelley, I managed to finish the project with two whole days to spare before Christmas!  Yay!

Greg was awesome, he picked out all of my stitching mistakes while I moved on to the next step and he cut out all of the pieces once I had them quilted. Auntie Shelley helped me figure out how to sew in the zippers and she also taught me how to use her giant quilting machine and table, so I could attach the quilting material to all of the purses in one day. Without Auntie Shelley and her magic machine I would never have finished any of the purses on time. Thanks Greg and Auntie Shelley – I really appreciate all of your help.

Here are the results of our enormous efforts! There are a few missing because I’d already sent them away, but you get the picture – no pun intended!

I made this one for my stepmom. She loves paisley.

I made this one for my sister. She loves blue, purple and yellow.

I made the next three for my niece, my niece-in-law and my sister-in-law.

And the next one for my brother’s first wife. She likes blue, black and white and this purse was my favorite out of all of them. It turned out amazing.

And I made the next two for my stepdad’s girlfriend and her daughter. I love the wooden handles I found for the second purse.

I made the next purse for my acupuncturist and friend, Jen. I chose chinese brocade cloth and bamboo handles to give it a oriental feel. She loved it and, if you look closely, you can see that I quilted her name into it.

The next picture, which was taken before I had to redo the handle because I sewed it on wrong, was for my sister-in-law, Christa. By the time I got to her purse with the quilting machine, I had found the courage to experiment and I gave her some flowers!

And, as you can see with the next purse, which I made for my friend Florriann, I got a little carried away with the flowers!


Our tenants are expecting a wee baby in about two months, so I made Brandi, the mom to be, a purse/diaper bag as an early baby gift!

And lastly, I made Greg’s sister a brown purse because she loves brown!

See what I mean about taking on such a daunting task?  It was a nightmare, but I honestly enjoyed every moment of it because nothing says, “I love you” like a gift made from the heart!

Next Christmas, all the boys in the family are going to get something homemade although I’m not sure exactly what I’ll make them. Jock straps? Boxers? Toques? Who knows!

Have a Happy New Year everybody. I wish you all enough…

5 thoughts on “Christmas Purse-making Extravaganza!

  1. We all loved them Jo, I still can’t believe you made so many! So cool looking for our initials on them 🙂 xoxoxo

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