Today, my husband and I were at Target and I passed by the purse section, hoping to sneak a peak at my summer bag options. But even though the swimsuits and tank tops have been out since March, the purse section hasn't arrived at summer yet. Disappointed, I told my husband about my summer purse problem. He seemed to think it was silly that I bought a new purse every summer. Where was the one I bought last summer? Why did I buy a new one every year? Why didn't I just make one?
I scoffed at the suggestion at first. Make one? Usually making something meant that I had to buy fabric, and fabric was expensive. Making a purse would cost more than buying one, and it wouldn't last any longer. What purses I had made were short-lived. Besides, I hadn't pulled out my sewing machine since December. I didn't want to sew now.
But as we got closer to home, I started thinking about that purse I would make. How many pockets it would have, what color fabric I could use from my stash. And suddenly, I knew I'd rather make this year's summer purse than buy it.
The tan is a linen that I originally bought to make bread sacks. It's been in my stash since January, completely forgotten. The black and white floral is from a friend's dress that I'm making (and need to finish). All in all, it was a cheap little bag, much cheaper than the purses at Target would have been.
I forgot how much I love sewing purses. I made a few in college, but none in the past few years. Purses are easier than dresses and skirts, and much faster. I can draw what I want my purse to look like, and in a few hours it sits before me, complete and pretty close to what I'd dreamed. There is something wonderful about imagining, designing, creating, and finishing a project in one sitting. It makes me feel accomplished, without having to be patient.
Sometimes it's nice not having to be patient. :)