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Make a Holiday Purse


Do you have a Christmas purse?  Something special you only use in December?  Now is the time while you have all your Christmas fabrics pulled out to make a Christmas purse or tote. I’ll bet you have some purse patterns too, just waiting to become your next project, or maybe you purchased a pattern you just loved but didn’t get to it just yet. Well, why not now!  You can make a holiday purse using any purse pattern you currently own just make it in holiday prints or colors.

Purse patterns

I used a Christmas tapestry purse that I made years ago for a long time, and I made a shopping bag to go with it.  I carried it last year too, but the handle is getting a bit frayed.  But, the snap frame makes it a great clutch, so I’ll cut those handles off and continue using it.  Is this not the best tapestry for the holidays?

Christmas in July at From My Carolina Home

I always get a lot of comments while shopping when I carry this large tote, especially at the outdoor flea markets. It is perfect to carry purchases, and I don’t have to deal with a lot of plastic bags. I put a long set of handles on it that hang nicely on my shoulder out of the way.  Naturally, the thrift freak in me has to shop for vintage where I can, and the tote is strong enough for dishes or Santa figurines, or whatever treasures I find.  Here is a look at the other side of both bags.  Both have seams on the bottom to accommodate the one-way print.

Christmas in July at From My Carolina Home

This year I published my first purse pattern, The Charleston Bag.  Of course I had to have it in Christmas colors!  The Charleston bag is a roomy purse with an inside pocket, completely finished by machine, no hand sewing!

Christmas Charleston Bag

Of course, the first place to start is to gather those Christmas fabrics.

Charleston Christmas purse 1

Cutting out the pieces, the pattern has all the parts quilted before assembly.  I load them all together and quilt across several in one pass.

Charleston Christmas purse 2

The bag has a gathered bottom for a more room and capacity.

Charleston Christmas purse 5

You could leave it basic with a cute print on the yoke…

Charleston Christmas purse 4

but the Charleston pattern is made for some bead trim, found in the upholstery department.

Christmas Charleston Bag close up

The addition of the swinging beads is so festive!  Makes me think of Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed dancing the Charleston in It’s A Wonderful Life, can’t you just hear the music?

Christmas Charleston Bag 2

Would you like to make one of these?  Click on The Charleston Bag to purchase my pattern.

Today’s Sponsor is From My Carolina Home! One winner will receive a free copy of my Charleston purse pattern. And if you purchased one already, I’ll send you your choice of one of my other patterns.  Just comment on this post with any thoughts about holiday purses.   And since email is international, anyone can win!  Get a second entry if you follow my blog, just say how you follow.  I’ll draw the winner on July 24th, so comment before noon that day. Winner has been drawn. Winners for all the drawings will be notified via email and announced on the 25th.   Good Luck!

Sharing in 2017

Christmas in July 2017



Author: Carole @ From My Carolina Home


36 thoughts on “Make a Holiday Purse

  1. Great idea to have a special Christmas bag! Love the beads!

  2. I follow by email! Enjoying Christmas In July!

  3. I never thought about making a purse just for the Christmas season. Great idea!

  4. I follow by e-mail 🙂

  5. I haven’t made a purse in a long time. . . in fact I think it was more of a tote, & not in festive, Holiday fabrics! I think it might be time to do that! Enjoy following hour blogs here on From My Carolina Home, always something different. As I try to explain to friends where I found this idea or recipe or. . . it is hard to describe! “She does it all!” seems to cover it! All the best!

  6. I follow by email. Thanks for the give-away!

  7. I love making my own purses because I can customize – the ones at the store never exactly meet my needs.

  8. I love your blog. It’s one of my favorites to read. I really like making my own bags and purses. I do make seasonal purses. I have a go to pattern I use. I really like your pattern. I would love to win it. Thank you so much for the chance.

  9. I follow you by email.

  10. Good Morning Carole! Your Christmas purse and tote are marvelous! I have never considered making a purse or tote for the holidays or seasons, but it is a great idea. I have some special Christmas fabrics that would be perfect for a Christmas purse or tote bag, but never would have thought of using it for this type of project without your post! Thank you so much for sharing and have a fantastic creative day!

  11. Love your bags!!! I am a total “Tote Addict”! giggle… I don’t have a Christmas one…what a cool idea! (I would also make one for my “Bestest Friend Ever!” as well!) Thank you for chance to win your give-a-way! 😀

  12. I am a follower thru Email & Bloglovin 🙂

  13. I attend a few semi-private shopping events in December, so I do have some quilted bags to hold purchases :-). The Charleston bag is so cute, I may just have to add it to the collection!

  14. I follow you via email

  15. Never had a holiday purse but you have certainly put a thought in my head. Thank you.

  16. What fun to make a bag just to use for the holidays…thanks for the inspiration!!

  17. I follow you via email

  18. What a great idea, to make a holiday themed purse, never would have thought of that. Who doesn’t love totes and bags???? LOL

  19. I also follow by email. :o)

  20. Haven’t even thought about a Holiday purse. Now that you’ve put the bug in my head, I will probably make one. Have some summer ones I’ve made, but not a Winter/Holiday one.

  21. I don’t have one that is so Christmassy, and this is a super idea. My bags are usually of one fabric, with an inside pocket, but after seeing yours, that might all change. What a fab pattern, and an equally fab giveaway.

  22. I have never thought to make a bag for a Holiday, but really like the idea!

  23. I follow you by E-mail.

  24. Oh my….I’ve been quilting for 40 years and in that time only made one purse for my daughter…and that was recycled out of a wallhanging I made and was tired of (she loved the color and fabric)….and in those 40 years I have NEVER once thought of making a Christmas purse….once again….just ANOTHER reason I love your posts. Thank you for continuous inspiration. Blessings….

  25. I follow your blog (faithfully) via email.

  26. I do not have a Christmas purse. for years i didn’t carry a purse ever, now it is the diaper bag with my personal things added in.

  27. I’m terrible. I don’t like purses. I always carry the smallest thing possible, and hanging over my shoulder. It’s usually leather, so it will last a long time. I do have a boho bag in batiks, but I bought it fair trade to support veterans. No Christmas purse, but I so admire both yours and the bag. Every time I see the Charleston bag, I think how nice it looks.

  28. Never made a Christmas purse although I have made various bags and love them!

  29. Never made a Christmas purse, but if I make one and take it to our family gathering, I’ll have to make 3 more for my sisters-in-law. Oh, but it could be a gift for them!! Thank you for the giveaway!!

  30. I follow you via email! Thanks so much for the Christmas in July event!!!

  31. Your purse is awesome. I just started using a purse not too long ago actually when I started staying a couple days with her and I needed to bring along my insulin supplies and medications.
    I would love to win your pattern I think its totally awesome.

  32. I follow you through my email.

  33. I adore the fabric you used to make this purse. It’s so festive and it inspires me to get started on my Christmas craft ideas.

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