Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Ash-bag…A pretty purse for a pretty wonderful friend

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Me: Honey, what name should I give Ashley’s purse?
Andy: The ass-bag. WAIT, no I meant The Ash-bag. Or how about Bag of Ashes.
Me: (snort hahaha) Ohhh Never mind…you’re totally making this harder than it has to be.
Andy: That’s what she said.
(yep, that's my husband for ya...typical Office fanatic...)

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I LOVE the girly fabrics. I’ll be sad when I run out of them.
The pattern was a total experiment that I whipped up. I wanted to make a purse for my friend Ashley for her 30th birthday. It had to be unique, practical & CUTE. So, I was fiddling around with shapes & ideas of how I wanted the strap to go & THIS is what I came up with!!
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It took about 5 hours over a couple days. It totally shouldn’t have…My machine gave me some trouble…some child induced trouble.  Plus there were some re-runs of the The Office on TV the night I was cutting the fabric out so that was a little distracting.
After I was finally done it sat for a couple weeks…because I wanted to add something extra special to put inside it (see here what it was!) But since this was a gift, you’d think I’d work faster! I’m happy to report that my friend LOVES the bag & told me that I hit a grand slam Smile LOVE HER!

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What do you think of the Ash-bag?
Has anyone ever hand-made you a gift before?
 I want to hear about it!
I'm linking this beauty up at my favorite parties! Check them out here!


  1. Love the strap! So cute. I gave a homemade gift a few weeks ago...she loved it, too. :)

  2. Turned out super cute and I think your hubby is funny with his "naming of the bag"... LOL

    I'm sure she'll love it :D

    Visiting from Miss Mustard Seed's Linky Party tonight,
    ~Suzanne in NW Illinois

  3. Ass-bag here chiming in....
    Seriously, this could very well be my favorite purse I'll ever own - SERIOUSLY!!!! The strap is the perfect width and length; the size of the bag is perfect!!!; the pockets are ideal for cell phone and the couple "make-up-y" things I carry and medicine; magnetic clasp - perfect! All in all, like Julie said, the bases were loaded on this one and she hit a grand slam! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the bag, Jules - thanks for thinking of me!!! <3

  4. Now that's a cute bag, go you! I love bags ;-)

  5. Absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this! You have great skills! Anyone to get such an amazing gift from you is truly blessed! I wish I had your talent!

  6. It's so cute! How about one for Auntie Bren???? No pinks - stick to fall colors or how about a baseball fabric!!!!

  7. Cute! I love the pop of color with the button.

  8. What an adorable purse! You should enter it in the purse week contest over at A Lemon Squeezy Home.

  9. What a beautiful bag! I love the fabric you chose! I would love to have you share this @ Show & Share--

  10. I love this bag...and the twisted handle...

  11. I totally LOVE this bag! The name brainstorming session cracks me up too! I LOVE getting handmade things as gifts - I always feel they are more special and I know your friend is going to love it too! Thanks for linking up to WWWW!


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