DIY Embellished Liberty Print Glasses Purse with Lotts & Lots
Charlotte Smith is mad about accessories. She is also the author behind the inspiring craft blog Lotts & Lots where she features her own tutorials on how to make pretty jewellery pieces and other fashion accessories.
Charlotte has been a guest blogger on the Liberty Craft Blog once before, sharing her step-by-steps on how to create a Liberty print flower garland. Now she has volunteered to share with us her method for creating your own unique and unusual glasses pouch using Liberty print fabric.
Follow Charlotte’s easy directions below to make an enviable spectacle protector for yourself, or as a gift for a lucky friend!
Materials – Liberty Tana Lawn Fabric, 8 inch metal zip, bias binding, tread, contrasting trims (optional)
Step 1. Cut your templates from two pieces of light card as follows (measurements include a 1cm seam allowance):
Top section – 23cm x 13.5cm
Base section – 23cm x 12cm
Choose your fabric, I went with contrasting colours. Cut two pieces of for your top section and one piece of fabric in your base section.
Step 2. With right sides together pin the top to the base section along the longest edge.
Step 3. Stitch into place with a 1cm seam allowance
Step 4. Give the seams a good press, pressing both seams towards the base section
Step 5. Top stitch the seam in the base section approx. 3mm from where the two pieces of fabric join.
Step 6. Press over a 1cm seam allowance on the 23cm edges. Pin the zip to one edge.
Step 7. Stitch the zip into place, keeping the edge of the machine foot running against the teeth of the zip.
Step 8. Repeat on the other side, making sure your edges are aligned
Step 9. Turn inside out and pin the edges. Sew in a straight line downwards from the edge of your zip. Start your stitching as close to the outside of your zip as possible, being careful to mind the metal zip teeth.
Step 10. Taking a length of bias binding 5cm longer than the side of your purse, press in half along the length, pin and sew into place along your seam.
Step 11. Snip the ends so you are left with 1.5cm of bias binding over the edge of your purse.
Step 12. Fold the ends of your bias binding back on themselves and stitch into place, add a couple of back stitches to secure.
Turn your purse back the right way, make sure the corners are at right angles and then give a final press. You can stick with this simple design which lets the beautiful fabric really shine or you can come with me and add some embellishment.
I think adding a tassel in complimenting colours really brings out the beauty of these fabrics. These tassels are made using embroidery threads are really simple to make.
Step 1. Cut two lengths of embroidery thread, approx. 20cm. These can either be the same or in contrasting colours. Cut the skein of embroidery thread in half. I used three different colours so I split each colourway into piles of three and mixed them together; if you are only using one colour then divide your into three.
Step 2. Taking one piece of your 20cm length of embroidery thread, knot tightly in the centre of your pile.
Step 3. Taking the second piece of 20cm embroidery thread wrap around the top of you tassel and knot tightly to finish.
Step 4. Cut the ends of your tassel in a straight line. I gave mine a brush afterwards to separate some of the strands.
You can now knot your tassel onto the zip pull of your purse.
To go one stage further you can add embellishments onto the front of your purse, I used a mix of pom-poms, intricate ribbons and studs to really have fun with the colour, print and texture. The Liberty haberdashery department has an amazing array; so select colours that work with your fabric and layer-up to your hearts content!
To add trimmings into your purse, you can either apply to the front of your purse once finished or like I did here with the pom-poms I stitched them onto the fabric first then made up the purse. Make sure all your trimmings face into the centre so they appear at the front rather than on the inside!