Posts Tagged ‘purses’

It’s time for me to get back to this blog.  I feel like I’ve been on summer vacation from blogging.  Well, I’m now back, and sewing in full swing.  I got to have sewing classes this summer at my house, so that has kept me pretty busy.  Summer classes are over, and the fall classes don’t start until October, so I have a little breather.

I had my last show in July, which went very well, and I can’t seem to stop sewing.  The problem I have is that every time I make something new, I tend to want to keep it for myself.  Am I the only one who feels like this? 

My latest projects seem to really focus around repurposing items.  In particular, I have been making skirt bags.  I hate when I shop thrift stores and find the cutest skirt in the greatest pattern, only to find that it is nowhere near my size.  Now I can turn those cute skirts into bags – and no matter what size I am, a bag ALWAYS fits.  I also like to leave in original details like zippers or pockets.  I’ve also found I can have a little fun with them, like with this Abercrombe and Fitch pink boucle skirt.  The lining is pink, with a lace trim at the bottom.  Instead of sewing the bottom closed, I only sewed the lining closed.  If you swish the purse just right, the skirt flips up, and reveals the pink lining with the lace trim. I thought it was very whimsical.  Some of them will be listed for sale in my Etsy shop  .  If you purchase anything in my shop, let me know you came from my blog, and I’ll throw in a special gift.  You can also see some of my latest creations posted on my facebook page, and hear about any upcoming shows I’ll be at.


Abercrombie & Fitch skirt purse

Here are just a few others that I’ve made recently




The mod floral pattern one (in silk) is one of my favorites.  I think I’ll be keeping that one.  I was also thinking of posting my first tutorial about how to make these.  Is that something that you all think you would be interested in seeing?  If I get enough positive responses, then I’ll take the plunge.

I’m also going to try and post on a more regular basis, about once a month or so.  For all my fans and supporters, thanks for hanging in there with me on my blog.


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So much has been happening in the past month or so.  I have been sewing like crazy.

First, the big news…I will finally be selling my bags (not only on etsy), but as a vendor at my first craft show.  Introducing Allison Kapner Originals:

Allison Kapner Originals Logo

I will be a vendor at the Black n Bleu Festival in Downtown Delray Beach on Sunday, March 14th (http://www.blacknbleu.com/) from 12:00pm until 6:00pm.  If you are in the area, please come by to show your support – you don’t have to buy anything, but I’d love it for people to say “Hi.”

In addition to my regular big totes and purses I’ll be showcasing craft items like my adorable ice cream cone and cupcake pincushions made from upcycled recycles wool sweaters that I have felted. 

ice cream cone pincushions

Cupcake pincushions

And, bigger news, I will be launching my NEW LINE.  I have fallen in love with felting wool, and turning it into bags (I try and let the sweaters tell me what they want to be when they grow up), and love matching them with bold linings, and whimsical appliqués.  I love how each sweater felts differently, and seems to call out to be made into a specific bag. 

Here are just a few of the bags I have completed, but more will be made as it gets closer to the show. 

pale green sweater, chocolates lining

red sweater, red tulip lining

peach/grey sweater, peach Heather Ross tadpoles lining

And this bag, I just had to keep for myself.  I made it specifically to be able to hold a legal pad and magazine inside – the perfect business size for me.

yellow sweater, pink floral lining

The good, and the bad, about using old sweaters is that once the sweater is gone, that’s it – so the bags truly are one-of-a-kind.  But, then again, that’s part of the fun for me – that I can never exactly repeat what I’ve done before. 

I hope other people like my bags as much as I do – if not – more bags for me!

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