Combine Lazy Girl and Low-Sew For A Purse Pretty Enough To Eat (Out Of)

Lazies, Cheryl Weiderspahn of Homestead Specialties is back to share a special project with us. Today, Cheryl shows us how to use her technique of re-purposing table linens (as featured in her book ‘Low-Sew Boutique’) with my Chloe Handbag pattern (LGD120) to produce a low-sew Lazy bag.

Cheryl started with this simple table setting:


And made this beautiful low-sew Chloe Handbag:


Here’s Cheryl to tell us about this project:
I have found a kindred spirit in Joan. We joke about being sisters separated at birth. But honestly, as two professionals in the same industry, we have found much common ground. After all, by industry standards in other fields, we should be competing with each other, not joining hands.

It is in this spirit that I introduce you to a Chloe Handbag (Lazy Girl’s Chloe shown here in green) made from a place mat and dishcloth as in my ‘Low Sew Boutique Book’.

The perfect compliment, just like coffee and chocolate! I chose Chloe because a placemat was within an inch of the size of the outside of the bag.

I adapted the top edge to fold over to make a fringed cuff (the fringed edge of the placemat). The matching dishcloth was used as the fabric for the pockets inside.

Dishcloth pockets are perfect for keeping your chocolate handy.

The handles are Ultra Suede. And I personally think she is the perfect size. If I go shop for a purse (which is rare) this is the size I look for.

I hope you’ve had some Lazy fun, perhaps expanded your repertoire and will think ‘Low-Sew’ the next time you want to sew a purse! Consider taking my Low-Sew Boutique Challenge and put this technique to work. May you find purse potential everywhere you look!
– Cheryl Weiderspahn,

Thanks Cheryl! I think Cheryl’s low-sew approach is so smart and is a good technique to try with your favorite purse sewing patterns or tote bag patterns and think outside the bag!


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5 Responses to “Combine Lazy Girl and Low-Sew For A Purse Pretty Enough To Eat (Out Of)”

  1. Jenny — March 17, 2008 @ 8:21 am

    I love love love the fact that 2 individuals from our industry are working together and came up with such a great project! And Cheryl is a girl after my own heart with the size of Chocolate she put in the Chloe 🙂

  2. Kim Jones — March 17, 2008 @ 8:53 am

    I love this, how wonderful!! I love it when a plan comes together! I just received Cheryl’s autographed book, it is every bit the write up on it – you go Girl!! Thanks Joan for starting my week out right!!

  3. Penny — March 17, 2008 @ 9:13 am

    Fabulous Chloe! All last week I said I was going to order the book and now you have pushed me over the edge! Thanks for sharing the both of you!

    Penny D in Chesapeake

  4. Linda Ramage — March 17, 2008 @ 11:27 pm

    I have 3 odd placemats given to me several years ago. I figured sooner or later I’d find a use for them. Well, guess what! Thanks Cheryl and Joan for the great pattern and great inspiration.

  5. Susan Wood — March 20, 2008 @ 1:45 pm

    Love this purse! Especially love the added “Chocolate Bar” what a nice compliment to a great looking purse!!