Back to the fun!
After posting here and questioning Email groups that I am involved with, I did receive several embroidery suggestions for the wristlet fabrics. Thanks for the great ideas!
- Dorset Buttons
- Retro Cat
- Coloring book pictures
- Dover book outlines
- White cat chasing butterflies
- Friends with hoola hoops
- Kids Playing Hopscotch
- 60’s flower child plucking daisy
- Cheshire Cat Face
After ironing on a little design of an Elf with a watering can, I just couldn’t bring myself to stitch it. I looked at the blue daisy fabric and kept seeing the little white cat chasing butterflies. (Thanks Raven!) So, I hopped on over to Hoop Love and found the little kitty transfer. It was the basis for the inspiration to alter it just a bit.
The kitty is originally stitched on white felt then appliqued onto the wristlet. The butterflies are done the same way, stitched on orange felt, cut out, then appliqued onto the wristlet fabric.
The flowers, grass, leaves and stems are all stitched directly to the wristlet fabric. The whiskers and the butterfly bodies are added after applique. I went ahead and used animal eyes for the little eyes instead of chancing the eyes to stitches. I used pearl round eyes because the smallest cat eyes I have are 9mm….WAY TO BIG!
The wristlet itself is a great purchased pattern/tutorial. The instructions are very clear. I won’t kid you though, this is actually a tough one to sew. Really. The zipper top is a great finish, but I had difficulty turning it right side out and fixing the zipper ends in the install. It is my first one, but I’m not new to sewing, so I was surprised that I had as much difficulty with it as I did.
It’s made from 4 layers of fabric! This wristlet uses cotton fabric for the main fabric and lining. It is interfaced with fusible lightweight pellon and I used a fusible fleece for the interlining. This little purse packs a LOT of fabric and has great heft. It feels really sturdy, not stiff…sturdy.
It’s cute, compact and feels good to hold on to.
The zipper opens to reveal a cute little pocket…probably big enough for a cell phone…
and the wristlet handle connects to the zipper to double as a zipper pull.
It was fun to embroider and fun to prep. There were some hard struggles with the construction, but overall the project is a success! Now, I wonder if it is a salable item?
Hoop Love Vintage Transfers (Click Here)
Wristlet Pattern (Click Here)
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