As you know, I am a pattern designer and really enjoy coming up with unique ideas that I transform into a pattern. However, every once in a while, I come across a pattern that is so unique and well done that I just simply cannot resist to buy and make it. The Versatile Wave Interchangeable Purse pattern by Ruthann Stilwell is one such pattern.
I admired a purse that one of my customers made from this pattern. She had taken a class to learn how to make it and just loved the bag. I could see a dozen applications for the bag and ordered a copy of the pattern through the Quilt Crossing.
I was very anxious to make my first bag. It is constructed with a solid black fabric for the basic purse. For the reversible cover, I chose a more contemporary red batik for one side and for the second side, I used a fabric from Moda from their Modern Background Essentials by Brigitte Heitland for ZEN CHIC. I love how you achieve two different looks simply by reversing the purse cover!
In addition, the bag is very practical with two large inside pockets in the base purse as well as additional outside pockets provided by the outside cover. There are also instructions for a “checkbook clutch” included in the pattern.
Think of the possibilities! With one basic purse and multiple, interchangeable purse covers, you can have a limitless variety of purses to use to coordinate with your wardrobe. In addition, you can embellish the purse covers with monograms, piping, etc. – the list is literally endless.
I am already working on two additional bags. I’m afraid it is a bit addictive!
I’m also pleased to share that I will be offering a class on how to make this purse at the Quilt Crossing in their new summer newsletter. The class is called “Reversible Purse” and is on Page 9 of the newsletter. It is being offered as a two session class on Wednesdays, June 8 & 22 from 1-4 p.m. for a cost of $45. When you sign up for the class, you will be given a supply list and Quilt Crossing also has the recommended hardware, which really adds the finishing touch to the bag.
I just had to share this wonderful pattern and am so excited to make more of these great purses. I’m also eager to teach this bag in the above mentioned class and hope you can join us.