Sunday, May 12, 2013

My First Magazine Article!

Earlier this year I posted a blog tutorial about making a Fortune Cookie Purse.  I liked the project so much that I decided to submit it to Stitch Magazine.  I don't subscribe to the magazine but I have looked through it on my visits to ACMoore and thought it had some cute stuff.  Anyway, I thought my purse might fit their aesthetic so I sent in a proposal on a whim.  I happened to hit their time period when they were accepting submissions for a special edition for spring "Stitch in Style".  Well, that was winter time and finally the magazine arrived at my front porch along with my stitched up samples and so I have posted it for you.

I am apparently one of the 14 fabulous totes and purses in this issue.  And to be honest this little original design really is fun, functional and simple to make.  I am proudly featured on page 31 with directions on a later page.  It's nice to see your name in print.

The fabric is from Amelia Caruso who designed it and Robert Kaufman fabrics printed it.  It is called effervescent and the bubbly look of the fabric makes little bubble shaped purse look totally fun.  I have since made it in so many fabrics - hand dyes, over dyes, batiks, commercial prints and dupioni silk.  I still have plans to embellish it further and I use this project to go back to again and again after I have made a more elaborate art quilt.  It helps me decompress before I rev up for my next complex piece.

Thanks for checking it out and if you want to make one you can certainly purchase the Stitch in Style magazine which has some very cute things to make.  You can also check out my earlier posts for the Fortune Cookie Purse blog entry.   I can totally see these for prom in a coordinating fabric or even for a bridal party.  Holds  your phone, keys, a few bucks, some ID or credit card and small make-up.


  1. Claude--this is darling! Love the design and the fabric. I will pick up the magazine and check it out.
    --Toni in Milwaukee

  2. Congratulations on your first published article! It looks like a fun purse :)

  3. Congratulations Claude. The bag is adorable and the fabric is perfect. It would be stunning in dupioni.

  4. Yay, Claude! Congratulations! Happy Dancing with you!

  5. That is a fabulous purse! Congrats!

  6. a very clever purse you created here.
    how great to be published and acknowledged.
    now I want to try one!