While on vacation in NY, my college friend and I went to a quilt shop. I was looking for a bow tuck pattern and she found a different one called Pockets All Around. She said that she will buy me both patterns if I would sew her purse for her. I agreed [sigh] before thinking.... I'd never sewn one before and she is very particular. She spent nearly an hour picking out the fabrics and bought all the needed supplies. After a few days recovery from the drive, I started the purse. Then found I needed to drive back to NY for a funeral. So I rushed to finish the purse but didn't do a label. When I delivered it to her, she was just thrilled... but did ask about the label. I told her that when I returned home, I'd embroider the label on the lining fabric. Well, I tried 6 times to do the embroidery on the lining fabric with the thread continually breaking, changing the density of the design, the stabilizer, etc. I finally gave up on the lining fabric and used white cotton. Turns out the machine didn't like the lining fabric. The label's in the mail :)
Oh yes, I added an extra strip to the inside pockets to make it easier to see them and to avoid wear. I also added a firm bottom with plastic canvas, curving the top piece and sewing it to the bottom piece to prevent drooping. It was placed in a sleeve that tucks into its center so it can be removed to be washed.
Pockets All Around purse
purse inside view with strip on pockets
purse bottom end view
the label that she will sew in herself