Make This Painted Lady Change Purse

fun little sewing/painting DIY: Painted Lady Change Purse

I may or may not have a thing for painted ladies. And I’m not talking about ladies who wear makeup (Though, by all means, rock on, makeup-laden ladies!), I’m talking about ladies who paint fun ladies, like Tuesday Bassen and her fabulous girl plates. I think it started way back in the days of my youth when I enjoyed eating bowl after bowl of apple cinnamon Cherrios from my amazing stackable bowl set (Remember those?!).

Well, regardless of its nostalgic origin, I’m definitely keen on kitschy painted faces, and thought a fun application for my own painted lady would be a cute little change purse. Check out the steps below to make your own!

fun little sewing/painting DIY: Painted Lady Change Purse


  • Small piece of vinyl
  • Invisible zipper
  • Paint to match zipper color (This will be the lady’s hair color.)
  • Thread to match the zipper
  • Acrylic paints (in colors to paint a face)
  • Marker
  • Pencil
  • Straight pins
  • Fabric scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Paint brushes (Fine and medium tip will do.)
  • Round object to trace (I used a cappuccino cup.)

fun little sewing/painting DIY: Painted Lady Change Purse

Step One: Using a marker, trace the outline of a large mug or small saucer onto the vinyl and cut out each circle.

Step Two: Draw your lady’s face with pencil onto the vinyl, and then fill in with acrylic paint. I chose to outline the features in black paint. You can make your lady’s face as fun, graphic, or kitschy as you like! Just make sure you keep in mind that about 1/4″ around the edge will be hidden in the seam.

fun little sewing/painting DIY: Painted Lady Change Purse

Step Three: Shorten the zipper to a size that will wrap around half of the change purse (about half of the circumference of the circles you cut out). Do this by stitching the zipper at the desired length and trimming off the excess. Use a thread that matches the color of your zipper— I only used black so it is clearly visible for teaching purposes.

Step Four: Pin the zipper onto the face of the vinyl as shown in the above image. Then stitch it down to the vinyl using a zipper foot on a sewing machine.

fun little sewing/painting DIY: Painted Lady Change Purse

Step Five: With the zipper closed, pin it to the good side of the other circle of vinyl, in the same way you did the front side. Stitch it down, removing the pins as you go along.

Step Six: With the zipper partially open, pin the non-zippered sides of the front and back pieces together. Then, open the zipper completely before stitching along the pins. Begin and end this stitch to slightly overlap the edges of the zipper. Keep your stitches in line with the zipper stitches, making your hem about 1/4″ in from the edge.

fun little sewing/painting DIY: Painted Lady Change Purse

Step Seven: Use your scissors or pinking sheers to cut little triangles into the edge of the seam you just made. This will keep the vinyl from puckering when flipped right-side out.

Step Eight: Flip the purse right-side out, and use your finger from the inside of the change purse to push out any puckering around the edges.

fun little sewing/painting DIY: Painted Lady Change Purse

fun little sewing/painting DIY: Painted Lady Change Purse

Voila! Now I have a fun little conversation starter for when I’m digging out coins to pay for a friend’s cup of coffee. This would be a fun idea for a child’s purse, too! I had a lot of fun making this, because I had a change to both paint, and sew, but it didn’t take too long to finish the project from beginning to end. Perfect for a Saturday afternoon craft, eh?

Online Sewing Class for the Creatively Curious

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Sewing has been a craft that I find more fulfilling than any other. The excitement of envisioning a project and seeing it come to completion just can’t be beat! A lot of my friends have confessed their intimation of sewing to me, and wouldn’t even know where to begin when it comes to reading a pattern. I used to be that way, but now I’m even sewing my own clothes! I always say that if you want to learn a skill, it doesn’t necessarily take talent, it just takes curiosity. If you’re not sewing savvy, but you’re creatively curious and wanting to tackle projects you never thought you could do, the Home Ec E-Course is just the place to start.

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Cure Your Creative Dry Spell with THIS & THAT

Haven’t scrapbooked in awhile? Feeling uninspired with your current supplies and same old photos? Want to try scrapbooking or art journaling but don’t where to start? No worries. The ever-creative Kara Haupt is here to save the day!

This & That is a 158 page printable PDF jam-packed with challenges, journaling prompts, and techniques designed to get you scrapbooking again. Mix and match and use this and that to create 30+ pages! Choose one journaling prompt and one technique idea from the pool and combining ideas to get excited about creating again.

Included in the $28.50 price:

  • 30 journaling prompts
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PLANNING FOR BABY | The Blanket Collection

Last month, I asked my Twitter friends if they thought I was crazy for wanting to crochet a blanket in the middle of July. Crazy? Maybe! But I had this idea for a checkerboard -style baby blanket, and knew I wanted to wrap up our little baby girl in something just like it. So off I went, crocheting little squares that a week later would be joined to create the blanket above. It turned out to be the easiest blanket I’ve ever made, and great for Summer, since you only work with a tiny section at a time until joining them at the end- and I will say, joining  all of the little pieces was certainly time consuming!

So how about you? Are you crafty with a crochet hook, or only wish you could be? Some people appreciate the finished product, but don’t have the desire to work on such an extensive project. I get that. But if you’re somebody who actually wants to learn, and feels overwhelmed- don’t be! I learned how to do all of the stitches you see here by viewing YouTube videos kindly shared by some pretty crafty ladies. You can check out how to do the single crochet (how I made the squares in the above blanket), this video is great. For joining the squares, watch this one. And if you want to make the granny ripple blanket below (fast and easy- promise!), view the crochet-along series here.

Oh, and if you want a crochet blanket, but don’t want to put in the time- I don’t blame you! I purchased the last blanket shown here on Etsy. It was too quirky and cute to pass up.

DIY | Hand-Written Poster Project

I’ve really been loving all of those hand-painted looking posters out there. You know, the ones with a message that makes you chuckle or words of wisom that make you think. Part of the beauty of posters like this is their textural quality. I was able to get a similar look by hand writing this verse very small with a gel pen, then blowing it up on a copy machine, and eventually inverting the colors. I love the faded look of the toner-print quality, and the rugged edges of each word. Want to make your own? I’ll show you how!

S U P P L I E S :
  • small piece of white paper
  • gel pen (the globbier, the better!)
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • picture or poster frame

1.) I started out by writing on a 1.75″ x 2.5″ section of white paper, practicing a few time to make sure I got the spacing and proportion how I wanted it. Then, I went over the words again, letting by pen linger on certain spots to get a globby look that you might expect from a quill pen. (By the way, if you have a quill pen- it would be probably be perfect!)

2.) Then I took my little note to the copy shop (Office Max) and enlarged it on the standard copy machine, starting with 400% and then inverting the colors (in the print options of the black and white copier) and enlarging it again by 180%, or until it was fitting properly within the 10×13″ frame I had brought along. I did try a few different sizes, since each copy only cost me nine cents. I ended up keeping this print for the 10×13″ frame, but then make another larger print which you see photographed below. To do this, I took my inverted 10×13 print to the plotter at the copy shop and enlarged it by 162%, making sure it fit perfectly in my 16×20″ picture frame.

3.) I then laid my picture frame over the print, and traced around the edges with a pencil. I trimmed a little outside of the pencil line, to make sure I didn’t have any gaps when putting it all together. After assembling the glass, paper, and cardboard of the frame, it was ready to hang!

I love this simple technique, and will probably try it again with different writing utensils. I think this would make a great house warming gift, though, just as it is!