Little girls really dig handbags. They also dig oversized high heel shoes, but handbags are less dangerous. Nothing makes a little lady happier than her own handbag, if it is girly-pretty, even better.
I made these purses for my husband’s nieces. It was their Christmas present. I hope they inspire your next sewing project.
For Julie, the tomboy, a more neutral print. This bag is slightly smaller than the other.
For little “Fancy Nancy” Sofie a handbag in a print full of girly words and doodles.
A blue ribbon on which I machine-stitched her name, and a felt flower complete the girliest-girly look. I used fusible fleece on both to make the fabric stiff.
The tag was printed on scrapbooking paper. It has a small note and cleaning instructions.
In the back I made a pocket that closed with a button the same color as the ribbon and an elastic loop. Matching the print over and on the pocket was one of the most difficult parts. Both bags have back pockets.
Inside another pocket. The purse closes with some velcro.
These bags are relatively easy to make, what makes them stand out is the choice of fabric. Some of the fabric (the lining) I bought from ebay, the rest from another online vendor, but it appears to be discontinued.
Are there girls in your family? Are they the Fancy Nancy type, or, like me, the tomboy/bookworm? Either way, they’ll love these tote bags for little girls.
It’s funny how much I enjoyed making these, seeing as I would have never carried anything that girly as a child.
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