For my summer holiday, I stayed in Tavira in Portugal. It is a beautiful town in the Algarve with cobbled streets and plenty of things to do and see.
During my visit, I found a small shop in the main high-street selling gorgeous handmade purses, bags and gifts in bright colours and bold patterns. There was a workshop at the back where you could see the owners making their lovely products. There was a wonderful array of embellishments, buttons and rolls of fabric and they were also selling strips of fabric for small projects.
For about 20 euros, I came away with about five large strips of retro patterned fabric, as well as some wadding and various purse frames. I attempted to pick up some of their instructions in Portuguese explaining how to make the purses, and returned to England with a new mission!
After watching numerous YouTube videos on drafting the pattern for a kiss-clasp purse this is what I finally came up with…
There are two types of purse frames that you can buy for making your own purses. One has metal grooves which requires you to use strong glue to attach the edges of the purse, and the other has holes that you can sew through to attach the fabric.
I hope to make some more purses using the other fabrics that I bought soon!
Have you ever tried making clasp purses and how did they turn out?