I surrender to the purse

I had thought this project would work up quickly and be ready for use in short order, but that is not how it has worked out, and today I finally accepted that fact.

So rather than trying to hurry my way through, I decided to savor it, just as I would a box of Godiva chocolates or a nice warm bubble bath.

I started with the lining, carefully cutting a rectangle that was 1″ longer and 1″ wider than the bag had been before I joined the sides and made the gusset.

Then I folded it in half, and pinned the side seams in place:

crochet purse fabric lining
The lining to be with the edges pinned and ready to be sewn

I had no interest in getting my long dormant sewing machine set up to sew to short seams, so I stitched them by hand instead with a matching pink embroidery floss:

crochet purse fabric lining
The lining in a strange light with the side seams done

With the side seams done, I moved onto the bottom of the bag and soon, the lining was ready to be inserted in the purse:

crochet purse fabric lining
The lining in a strange light with the side seams done

It was slightly awkward to attach the lining (if I were to make this bag again, I would attach the lining before I crocheted the mouth of the bag), but eventually, I got it done:

crochet purse fabric lining
A side view of the crochet bag with the lining sewn in

With the body of the bag nearly completed, I then turned my attention to the strap which I tarted up a bit with small, two round spirals of yellow and pink:

crochet purse strap
I put crochet spots on the strap

And if past is prologue, sometimes surrendering to a project is the fastest way to get it done.

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