I’m thrilled that 2 purses I created are in the current issue (Feb 1, 2013) of Belle Armoire magazine!!!!

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This is a beautiful publication from Stampington Press (who publishes a large number of magazines, including Altered Couture and Where Women Create.)

The magazine issued a challenge for “Eco Purses,” which were made from upcycled or recycled materials. Well, that’s exactly what I love to do! I create clothing and accessories from all kinds of “green” sources: vintage textiles, thrift store bargains, yard sale finds, and even the back of my closet (the cute Western belt on the green bag is one such find!)

I designed this purse specifically to feature belts or scarves. The handles create belt loops that hold a belt with a great buckle or sash from an old dress or even a scarf. I’ve loved carrying bags from this pattern—they’re not too big and tuck nicely under my arm. I have trouble with purse handles falling off my shoulders, but this one stays put!

I’m readying this pattern for sale here on my website. Drawing out a pattern for myself and creating a pattern and instructions for publication are very different! I’m adding photos to all of the step-by-step instructions to make it as clear as possible. It’s a lot of work and I’m trying to get it done as quickly as possible.