The Perfect Purse

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For years, I have sought the perfect purse. One that will hold everything that I want to have with me. Not only the mundane things like my wallet, make-up, checkbook, and cell phone. But, also a bag that will hold markers, sketchbook, journal, camera, sewing notions, coupons and business cards.

A lot of purses are functional. But, most of them are a black hole where everything gets lost. I want a purse that holds everything in its place in an easily accessible way. It needs to be equally comfortable and appropriate for casual and business attire.

Having traveled a bit, I’ve gotten fairly particular about the size and shape of this bag that will hold everything perfectly. It also has to be easy to clean, lightweight, and fairly attractive.

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The fairly attractive part is provided by this shower curtain that I bought last year. It was never used as a shower curtain. I liked the design and fabric, and thought it would be a great cover for a new futon. My son, however, told me that it “was not for him.” So, it only spent a few days as a futon cover.

I couldn’t waste it and throw it away. So, it went to the crafty-area, the work space of dreams. There it has sat for almost a year. Today, it began new life as the perfect purse. It will enter eternity if it can also provide enough material for a new and functional carry-on suitcase.

This project will take a couple of weeks, because I am going to make a full suite of wallets and clutches for this purse and suitcase.

But, here is installment one: a lined checkbook clutch.

Tomorrow I will share the detailed instructions for how I put everything together. You’ll soon learn I do most work freehand, so my only my pattern was my checkbook register.

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