Miser purse with embroidered silk ribbon pansy.
The diamond shaped purse project came out very pretty. It makes me think of a young woman at a dance using the purse to hold her dance card. I am so glad that I noticed it in a movie. What struck me most about the purse design was the fringe. After taking a pansy silk ribbon embroidery and drawing a diamond around it I sewed it together with the right side out. I first tried a button hole stitch but it didn't work. So I just used a straight stitch and made a lot of random backstitches to secure the seams. The top was left open and then after trimming the fabric leaving enough for a fringe, it was turned inside out. Around the open edge of the purse I turned down a hem twice and stitched it down. The top seams were a problem because when I started to fray the fabric to make the fringe it was easy to fray to much. I have never done a diagonal fringe before. So I only frayed to a 1/4 inch from the seams in any direction. Finally I ran some purple ribbon through the top hem leaving two loops of ribbon so the purse can hang from a wrist. What was really cool was that the loose woven fabric used had small stains that looked like old pin stains. If I were to make another purse I would make a bias edging on the top to secure it better.
Close up of pansy ribbon embroidery.