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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Tatted Envelope Purse Cell Phone That's "Shabby and Chic"

First find your pendent!
Then add tatting to pendent.
Find the bluejeans to cut a rectangular shape (my son grew out of)
cut a 13,1/2 "X 7,7/8" or 20 cm X 30.5cm
use or make motifs that will look good when folded up.
Fold up and cut envelope shaped flap.

Now draw a boarder of 3/8" or 1 cm all around in ink and snip every 1/2 inch or 1.2 cm
as shown below. 

Now cut the chic fabric and a great surprise same size.  then wash and dry only the blue jean fabric to fluff the ends.

Add tatting, stitch down your motifs that go on top, to washed and dried jean fabric 

On this type of work, always keep thread on top of fabric, so knots do not form underneath.
This will be cover by the  linning!

Stitch down lining after turning under I use frey-check product for this fabric on the edges. Then I stitch down the tatted pendent.  

adding zipper is optional 

This is how to stitch zipper down if wanted.

Tuck the zipper tails inside and stitch down the two edges up to the flap, leave space to place leather strap
this can be any kind like chain or beads.  I use a leather boot lace.

I slide this in with out the knot and tie know after I stitched up the side.
Just a straight stitch in brown tatting thread.

You can see the see how the strap is tucked beside the zipper and side seam.
Can add a pull tie to zipper!

Oh yes, almost forgot I felt I needed a little extra something to the tatting so I add two wonderful Orchids from Margaret Davis her blog is "Margaret's Designer Cards"  she emailed me the pattern and I made 3 one is on chic inside too!

 I love how tatting looks against the blue jean color, and had lots of fun with this I made a smaller purse 2 years ago and then the cell phones got bigger so I removed my tatting, and sewn it on the new larger purse. My previous purse had no zipper It did fine from the weight from the heavy pendent helped keep it closed. I love the soldier style strap to keep purse in front of me and its great for walking and shopping some times I just drop this in a larger bag depends on what I do for the day.


  1. Brilliant, I love your purse, well done these are the first orchids I have seen made from my pattern, I love the colour you used
    Thank you for your comment on my blog.

    1. I really enjoyed making them there was a struggle for a moment at first, and then it went well I have made some yellow ones with little purls that are cute, not sure what I going to do with them yet :)

  2. Madtatter80 - thank you!



  3. Dear mt80 , thank you for the long and clear ecplanation. This is a lpvely purse and i agree that jelly bean is a color that brings you in a good mood. It mooks grreat on the jeans fabric. However i am not crazy about the pendent. What is it? I bet people stare at you when you walk down your shopping mall! :)

    1. Oh the pendent is a pretty moth I thought it was a butterfly but the antennas are for a moth :) It is made with a resin.

  4. That's so cute. Wish I could send you some our outgrown jeans. I know they'd go to good use.

  5. I read Your blog witch pleasure and the purse is really awsome

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  7. Lovely use of tatting. Thank you for the explanation as well.

  8. Oh thank you, I like making things like all of you too, I enjoy blogging

  9. I really appreciate your work.Thanks to share.

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