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FANCY EVENING PURSE

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FANCY EVENING PURSE
This is my own original pattern 
 
MATERIALS NEEDED:
One sheet plastic canvas
Ice pick for making holes in your fabric.
Small amount of material of your choice for purse lining - same size as the plastic canvas.  I used a silver sequined fabric.
Yarn of your choice (MC) - I used Lion Brand Thick and Quick in a burgundy color and used about 3/4 of the skein.
Size I crochet hook, size G crochet hook, and a small steel hook that will fit through the holes of your plastic canvas.
Small amount of coordinating yarn for trim (CC) - I used silver lame holding two strands together.
Button or fastener of your choice - mine's an earring!
 
My 25th high school reunion is coming up next month.  I don't go out to "fancy" restaurants or parties often so I hated to spend a ton of money on clothes/jewelry/shoes/purse that I may never use again.  I bought a really nice outfit that can be dressed up or down (spent a fortune but I love it!), am on the lookout for a good deal on shoes as we speak, and decided to make my own purse.  My outfit is the same color as the purse, and is made of a very soft fabric, which is why I decided to go with the Thick and Quick yarn so my purse would have a soft feel as well.  I got the earrings for $2.00 at a flea market, used one for my purse closure and made a pin out of the other one for my scarf that goes with my outfit!
 
 
Now, this is going to sound complicated but honestly it's not.  I'm just not good at "compacting" my instructions!  I made it in about 6 hours or so and I was just winging it!
 
Cut your fabric to the same size as your sheet of plastic canvas.  I used an 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheet of plastic canvas, so I cut my fabric to this size.  Holding wrong side of  fabric and plastic canvas together, use your trusty ice pick to make holes in the fabric, going THROUGH the holes in the plastic canvas.  Make  about 5 holes, then use your small steel hook and crochet one SC through both the hole in the fabric and the corresponding hole in the plastic canvas.  Do this for all the holes that you've made.  It's easier if you do only a few holes at a time, if you make all the holes then try to crochet it together the fabric will slide and this won't match up just right.  Crochet this LOOSELY as you'll later have to work your I hook through these stitches.   Do this all the way around the four sides of the plastic canvas and fabric, making 2 or 3 stitches in each corner.  When you get to the end, slip stitch to the first SC made and fasten off.  This is the lining for your purse, and will stiffen it up as well.   Keep this piece handy for measuring your outside piece.
 
ROW 1:  Using your I hook and your MC yarn, chain the appropriate number of stitches to measure about 1/4 - 1/2 inch wider than your lining piece.  Half double crochet in the third chain from the hook and each chain to the end.  Chain 2, turn.  ROW 2:  Half double crochet in each stitch across.  Chain 2, turn.
ROW 3 - END:  Repeat row 2 until piece is 1/4 - 1/2 inch longer than your lining piece.   Chain 1, turn.  DO NOT FASTEN OFF.
 
NOW it's time to put the lining and the outside of your purse together.  To do this, hold PLASTIC CANVAS SIDE of lining and purse piece together.  The fabric side of lining must NOT face the crocheted piece.  Stitching through ALL thicknesses, single crochet in each purse stitch around all four sides to attach the lining piece to the purse piece.  Since the stitches on the plastic canvas piece are smaller and closer together, you may skip some of them but make sure you stitch through ALL the purse piece stitches.  Do this all the way around, joining with a slip stitch at the end and fasten off.  Now your purse piece and your lining are all one piece!
 
 
FLAP: 
ROW 1:  Join MC yarn at the top corner of purse with a slip stitch.  Half double crochet first two stitches together.  Half double crochet in each stitch across to last two stitches. Half double crochet last two stitches together.  Chain 2, turn.
ROWS 2-END:  Repeat row 1 of flap until you are down to 2-3 stitches.  Fasten off.
 
TRIM:
ROW 1:  With G hook, join CC yarn with single crochet in first stitch.  If using a smaller ply yarn, such as thread or lame as I did, use two strands held together throughout.  Chain three.  Skip next two stitches, single crochet in next stitch.  Chain three, skip next two stitches, single crochet in next stitch around.  When you reach the end of the flap, chain 1 and turn.
ROW 2:  Repeat row 1, until you get to the center stitch on your flap.  Single crochet in this stitch, chain however many you need to go around the purse closure you're using, then single crochet into the same stitch.  Chain three, skip two stitches, single crochet in next stitch to end of flap.  Fasten off.
 
SIDES:  (Last section, I promise!) 
ROW 1:   Fold purse in half, excluding flap,  so that it is the shape you want it to be.  At the folded end, which will be the bottom of the purse,  join MC yarn with a slip stitch on front sideof purse.  Single crochet in each stitch to the corresponding stitch on the back of purse, about 3 or 4 stitches.  Chain 1, turn.  Do this all the way up to the top of the folded purse.  This makes the side pieces that , when your purse is opened will hold it together and make it maintain it's shape.  Do this on both sides of the purse. 
 
FINISHING:  Attach button/fastener/pin to center front of purse, where loop closure will fit over it tightly.
 
I hope these instructions are clear and easy to understand.  I love the way my purse turned out.  I know that nobody else at the reunion will have one like it!  And if I have to open it up, the silver sequined fabric inside is VERY sparkly!  If you have any problems understanding these instructions, feel free to e-mail me with questions and I'll do my best to clear it up for you. :)