Anyway I have been hard at work on these new additions to my shop, felt purses. I've always wanted to have a go at sewing a purse but thought it'd be too complicated as I've never sewn a zip in before...
Here is my first attempt. I started with two layers of felt, cut to about 12 x 8cm. Then I sewed my design onto the front layer first, I choose a fox's face, as I'm quite obsessed with foxes after watching Fantastic Mr Fox on DVD the other day!
Then when it came to sewing in the zip I cheated and cut a gap the size of my zip into two pieces of felt (the inner layer and outer layer). Then I stitched around the outside of the zip to hold it in place, which seems to work perfectly!
I then finished the purse off by sewing the sides together of the inner layer which I made slightly smaller than the outer layer, as I thought that two layers of stitches would make it more sturdy.
Here's the finished purse plus I've made a few more too with some different designs: