After making the Bauble Carryall Tote sample bag for Zakka Workshop’s booth at fall quilt market, I realized that it’s so much fun to make these metal frame purses! My fear of installing a metal frame had been holding me back (yes I know, silly me!) for waaaaay too long and that is why I wanted to host a sew along to share the love for these metal frame purses! To make this sew along more fun, Zakka Workshop along with 9 other amazing sponsors have some amazing giveaways for you all, so you won’t want to miss out on participating!

First of all, Zakka Workshop is giving away three Purse Clasp Books to kick off the sew along before it even officially starts! Wooohoooo! Why you ask? Well, this will give you a chance to spread the word about this fun sew along and since the book includes two metal purse clasps, you’ll only need to dig into your fabric stash to play along! Can’t get any easier than that I say, right? This giveaway will take place on my instagram page so make sure to keep an eye out for the announcement there! Also, I’m announcing the sew along now to give you a chance to get a copy of the book if you’d like and/or stock up on purse clasps for the sew along! You can get the book from Zakka Workshop HERE, and Amazon HERE. I’ve even seen the book at Joann’s so you could even try your luck there! The instructions and the patterns in the book are excellent, so I’d definitely recommend getting a copy of the book. If you win a copy after getting the book you could gift it to one of your friends!

Now that you guys have been informed about the pre sew along giveaway, let me tell you that I am so excited to announce the Purse Clasp Book Sew Along! Be as creative as you’d like and think outside the box. I’d love to see how you can make a metal frame purse extra extra special. Add some EPP (english paper piecing), FPP (foundation paper piecing), patchwork, embroidery, fussy cutting, lace, ribbon…just be creative! I’ll be sharing my makes to get your creative juices flowing too! I am listing the clasps I am using with links to where you can get them below:

  1. The Around Town Purse clasp #ZW6066 here and here 
  2. The Pencil Caddy clasp #ZW6073 here and  here 
  3. The Happy Heart Purse clasp #ZW0123 here and here
  4. The Bauble Pochette clasp #ZW0154 here and here 
  5. The Lovely Little Coin Purse #ZW0130 here and here
  6. The two claps included with the book, The Classic Coin Purse clasp #ZW0109 here and here and
  7. The Vintage Clasp Wallet clasp #ZW0116 here and here

Are you excited yet? I sure hope so!

The sew along dates are February 19 – March 18, and there will be two weekly prizes from our wonderful sponsors.

The more projects you make, the greater the chance you have of winning a fabulous prize!

Here is the schedule:

Week 1: Monday February 19 – Sunday February 25  Winners announced Wednesday February 28

Week 2: Monday February 26 – Sunday March 4  Winners announced Wednesday March 7

Week 3: Monday March 5 – Sunday March 11   Winners announced Wednesday March 14

Week 4: Monday March 12 – Sunday March 18  Winners announced Wednesday March 21

And our amazing sponsors! If you’ve never checked out their websites, just click on their names to go and have a look at all the amazing products they offer!

Zakka Workshop ,and Ave & Neve, and Daily Like Canada, and Ducka Dilly, and Lady Belle Fabric, and Olfa, and Pink Door Fabrics, and Sew Stitching Happy, and Sunny Day Supply and Willow Cottage Quilt Co.

What other supplies will you need, you ask? Well, here is a list of supplies that will come in handy while making a metal frame purse!

  1. Pliers  (I like these because the ends are covered with plastic so they won’t scratch the metal plus they come in handy when making key fobs!) But any plier you have at home is ok!
  2. Clover Straight Tailors Awl
  3. Flat head screw driver (most sewing machines come with a flat head screw driver in the tool bag so check if you have one in your stash!)
  4.  I’ve been using The Ultimate! glue and really like it. I’ve also seen it at Hobby Lobby too if you’re close to one.
  5. Toothpicks will come in handy when spreading the glue, but you can use the cut off end of a Q tip too.
  6. Warm and White Cotton Batting (if you quilt, you’ll have a lot of small pieces in your stash I’m sure!), fusible fleece, Pellon SF101
  7. 505 Spray glue is useful to keep layers together if you’re not using basting stitches or fusible fleece. This link will take you to Amazon, where I’ve found the best price for this size, but it’s also available at most craft stores.

I’m assuming all of you have paper scissors, fabric scissors, sewing machines, thread and what not so I didn’t list them above. The one item I had the hardest time deciding on was the glue, but after much searching I was super happy with the one I listed above for you. Let me know in the comments if you have a glue you prefer to use for these projects, I’m always looking to try something new!

Now, go through your fabric and trim stash and start planning! I can’t wait to see ALL the amazing frame purses and don’t forget to use the hashtag #PurseClaspBookSAL and tag me @EliseAndEmelie in your photos so I don’t miss your projects!

xx, elise

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