Colorado Cousin Purses

The finished purses -- finally! (Photo: Amy Witty)

My extended family got together last August in Colorado to celebrate my aunt and uncle's 50th wedding anniversary. It was a great time of fun and fellowship, especially since I got to spend time with cousins, whom I rarely see, from all over the world. We had family there from: Minnesota, North Dakota, Colorado, Utah, Texas, Alaska, and even China. We had been planning this trip for quite some time, but of course, I decided at the very last minute (like two days before we were supposed to leave) that I wanted to make phone purses for the young women of the family. Six. So, I ran with the idea. 

I stopped in at my local quilt shop and purchased a bunch of coordinating fabrics in dots, stripes, chevrons, diamonds, etc. (Picking out fabric is my favorite part!) Several of the fabrics were from the "April Showers" collection and "Geo Pop" canvas collection. I simplified my pattern design from using three different fabrics per purse to two. I rummaged through my zipper stash. And then I sewed feverishly for two days. I finished them right before we left on our road trip -- I didn't even take the time to take proper pictures before we left.

When we were all together, I brought the purses out and let the ladies take their pick. I also had a stash of headbands that I shared with the girls. They were really excited, and it was so fun to surprise them! Throughout the trip, they carried their new purses around on our adventures, so I got a few pictures of the purses in action.

Here are the fabrics that I used:

  • "April Showers" by Bonnie and Camille for Moda Fabrics (quilting cotton) -- diagonal stripes, dots, and gingham in teal, yellow, gray, and navy
  • "Geo Pop" by emmie k for Robert Kaufman Fabrics (canvas) -- chevrons and diamonds in sorbet
  • "Mormor" by Lotta Jansdotter (quilting cotton) - Scandi trees and leaves in purple
My gang at the summit of Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs, Colorado (Photo: Amy Witty)

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