I loved Purse Palooza the first time round: reviews of some of the most popular bag and purse patterns around and an introduction to some new ones, so I leapt at the chance when Sara got in touch with details of Purse Palooza 2. I took part in a The Sewing Room Swap a few months back and The Social Tote made it on to a huge number of inspiration mosiacs, including mine, so I got myself on to Etsy, tracked the pattern down (it can be tricky to find) and got to work.
For the handles, I used a little basting glue to hold the layers together before top stitching I changed the width slightly to fit in the fabric prints.
The outer pocket is shaped and this is the only pattern piece that you need to reproduce from the instructions so I traced it on to freezer paper so I could iron it on and sew round it.
This is the version I did for my swap partner, complete with a pincushion that fits snuggly in one of the pockets (instructions for this included with the pattern).
It is the sort of pattern that I am grateful for someone else designing as there is a lot to think about just following the instructions, never mind working out all the dimensions, and the finished result did make me punch the air.