Whilst John and I were in Salt Lake City for Quilt Market we met Lisa Lam, author of The Bag Making Bible and owner of U-Handbag. Meeting Lisa fueled my determination to try and make a framed purse, which she assured me was just as it said on the box – Easy Peasy.

u-handbag easy peasy purse kit

The kit I ordered contained everything needed to make the purse. I just needed to order glue (which Lisa sells in her shop). The pattern instructions are well laid out and simple with full colour photographs and written with a complete beginner in mind.

Lisa assured me it would take me one hour to put this little purse together, which I have to admit I wasn’t convinced was possible. I’d never made anything remotely similar before, the only bags I’ve made previously are simple totes without interfacing or anything complicated, or simple pouches – either drawstring or zipper closure.

One hour later (plus an extra 15 minutes to allow the glue to dry) and I was done.

It was such an enjoyable experience I ordered a couple more frames and set about making another 2 purses. For these I didn’t use interfacing as I used an echino canvas for one and a sis boom laminate for the other, cutting out the need for a stiffener.


Now I’m all set for Christmas and birthday gifts. I can see these little purses stuffed full with treats for teachers, friends and family members and at just an hour a go it’s a great last minute gift idea (if, like me, you tend to leave things to the last minute).

Lisa has generously given us one Easy Peasy Purse kit containing full size patterns pieces, full colour instructions with photos, fabrics for purse and lining, interfacing, fleece, the purse frame and purse cord to give away to one of you guys, so you can have a try as well.

Head on over to the U-Handbag shop and have a little look round at the different kits and patterns. Check out Lisa’s tutorials and why not add her blog to your reader? Come back here and let us know what you like in the store or on her blog.

Giveaway small print:

  • One entry per person
  • One Easy Peasy purse kit available
  • Prize is non-transferable, only one kit offered, fabrics will vary from those shown above
  • Winner will be announced on the Fat Quarterly blog after July 11th 2011
  • Winner will be selected at random using random.org
  • Please ensure there is a way to contact you should you win. Entries without email addresses/point of contact will be disqualified

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