Butterfly Stitch Purse
One special blessing recently was an order to make a purse. The request was light colors and "not too big." I had a some liberty to pick stitches and so forth, so I went with a butterfly stitch. I used the stitch tutorial on mypicot.com for the idea, but adapted it to make the butterflies smaller and make them fit the project a little better. The stitch looks complicated but is actually fairly easy and also easily adaptable. The hardest part for me was doing the body and the antenna.
First I made a sample of the stitch to see if I could do it.
Then I put the stitch into practice on the real project. Here is the result.
Yarn used in the purse is Red Heart Super Saver. Colors used are Pale Yellow, Spring Green, and Monet. The flowers are quite small, about 1 1/2 to 2 inches.
Enclosure is a zipper. I discovered an easy way to put in a zipper. First make a chain and a row of single crochet. Then make another chain the same length and row of single crochet across that chain as well. Next, I sewed the chain/single crochet "strips" to the zipper. Then I crocheted single crochet all the way around, joining the two sides together. This solved two problems: (1) It made sewing in the zipper much easier; (2) Joining the two strips together by simply crocheting all the way around made the purse much smoother than increasing at each end.
The purse isn't finished yet. The order also asked for pockets inside, adjustable strap, and a crocheted wallet. The adjustable strap and crocheted wallet are something I haven't tried before, so we will see how that goes. Stay tuned for an update!
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