Sunday, 8 November 2015

Frugal purse

No, not wise shopping this time!
My purse, which I think was my mother's and must have been 15 years old gave up the ghost.
It was too big and heavy anyway and was made for someone with dozens of cards - not someone with a bus pass and a library card!

At first I thought I could re use the metal clasp which I had cut off, but  research and trial said it was going to be complex. So I went to my scrap box and found some upholstery material, some silky plain material and a second hand short nylon zip and two large poppers.
After a long think I managed to fold this into a wallet shape and stictch across to make a "silk purse" area with a zip and flap!
When I put my meagre petty cash and cards in the length was all wrong. So this morning I simple machined across and reduced it by 2 inches.  The joys of a new machine that does overlock stitch and adjusts well to thick material!  I should have designed a space in the flap to slide in the cards. I may do this later by hand.

Now have a happy purse that should last till Xmas and I will put desire for a leather one on my Xmas list if the family ask!

Lots of others in blogger land are watching sensible sport this weekend. My husband and I have been on the edge of our seats watching the nail biting motorcycling in Valencia where a British Rider became the first winner of a title, albeit in one of the smaller size bike classes, since Barry Sheen. Those were the days (sigh).

Bad news on the food front. We have finished our crop of potatoes. We will have to buy some through this winter and plan to grow twice as many in the Spring. We should have gone out in the rain on Friday or Saturday to get some but simply could not be bothered so meals have been rice and pasta based until my new purse gets an outing to the local farm shop!  £5.50 for a 25kg bag.

6 comments:

  1. Considering you are a quite new to growing on the scale you are growing I think you have done brilliantly. More spuds less broad beans ;0)

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    1. Oh yes, we have just planted out 12 beans for the early spring crop.

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  2. I got a bright pink purse ( thought I couldn't lose it in my bag) from a car boot to use when my old one was on its last legs but it just wasn't "right". So had to search charity shops and car boots and found better one. Purses have to be just right otherwise they are annoying or am I just weird!

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    1. I used have a pink one so I could find it in my work briefcase - then got pick pocketed on a metro in Brussels. Never got such a good one again!

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  3. My friend bought me a lovely (and no doubt expensive) purse for my birthday this year but, like you found, it was far too big. It's funny how we get used to a purse and it has to be just right. X

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    1. I wonder if the purse industry has caught up with the fact we carry less cash these days?

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