I’m a fan of The Purse Project, but I’ve never been on-the-ball enough to actually participate in her challenges. Thanks to an extended deadline this time, though, I have one done! This challenge was to “make a bag incorporating a personal photograph.” I knew immediately which picture I wanted to use. This is a photo of my great-grandmother, Faye Faye. (Named Ethel, she hated her given name and so went by a doubling of her middle name, Faye.) I didn’t know Faye Faye, but I’ve been feeling closer to her in the past couple of years, as I read through family history notes she wrote years ago. I was scanning in a bunch of family photos for my parents recently and fell in love with this one. The inscription on the back of the original says, “Faye Faye – Always Smiling.”
The challenging bit of this project was deciding what kind of purse to make. I didn’t want to just print the photo on fabric and sew a bag. I spent some time Googling and came across this duct tape purse. Ooh, fun! I had some more embellishment in mind, but I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for. Rather than settle, I decided to keep it simple.
Ignore the wonky flap, please. I’m going to insert a snap, when the gas shortage is over and I can make a guilt-free trip to the craft store. And if I can ever find the perfect embellishment…well, there’s plenty of room to add it then.
Barb commented and suggested that I use an antique button as a closure. It isn’t at all what I originally had in mind, but I love it. I dug through the button stash and came up with four very distinct options. I liked this simple one best. I don’t think it’s antique, or even vintage. It’s probably an oldish coat button. But it’s perfect. (Thanks, Barb!!)