Originally I was simply going to make another of the mini crossbody bags I had sewn for myself this spring. But I decided to change the design a bit, making it larger, curving the bottom, closing it with a flap and button rather than a zipper. It measures about 5x7 inches with a 1-inch gusset. The rounded bottom does makes it easier to attach the gusset, rather than having to pivot carefully at the bottom corners as on the earlier bags. I fused the same firm interfacing I used on those bags to the black linen front and back-and-flap (which were cut as one piece). The back also has an outside pocket which you really can't see in the photo; I fused a lighter interfacing onto that. Then I lightly fused pieces of the turquoise and green linen to Pellon Wonder Web, using a non-stick sheet on the other side of the web. Next, I drew the geometric shapes, outlined them with stitching and cut them out. I then arranged and fused them to the black linen.
I had never tried free-motion stitching on my sewing machine before, and it was rather difficult to get the hang of it. I chalked the stitching pattern I wanted to follow using a Dritz allover stipple stencil that I found in the quilting department. And I stitched r-e-a-l-l-y slowly. Then I sewed on some beads here and there because going over the top seems to be in my nature.
To be honest, this took a long time to make, and I don't think I'm going to be cranking out any more purses in the near future. I'm also probably going to be buying Linda a gift come Christmas.