Well if you ain’t never been there then I guess you ain’t been told
That you just can’t live in Texas unless you got a lot of soul.
It’s the home of Willie Nelson, the home of western swing.
He’ll be the first to tell you, Bob Wills is still the king.
~ Waylon Jennings
I’ve got a different kind of Western Swing than you find in your Texas honky-tonk dance floor. Instead of a Texas Two Step, it’s a Western purse to swing on your shoulder. I took one of Becky Robert’s Tres Chic handbag tutorials and turned it into a tooled leather saddlebag. To give you an idea of how cute this is, here it is next to a CD case (one of my fav Emmy Lou Harris CDs).
The purse is designed to be just big enough to hold a gift card, so I made a little gift card holder to go in it. (Here’s the outside and then the inside.)
That was so much fun and Becky’s instructions were so easy to follow, I made another purse.
When I showed my saddlebag purse to Mr. Catered Crop, he said he couldn’t believe it was paper. Ah, and then he added, “You amaze me.” Dang I love that man, but I digress. I obviously used a Western themed paper, but then I also ran that through a Cuttlebug embossing folder and whipped stitched the edges with embossing thread. I found these mini overall hooks/buttons with the buttons in the fabric isle ages ago. I love how it turned out.
You almost can’t see it, but I machine stitched the edges of the second handbag (kind of extra credit since it wasn’t included in the instructions). Becky recommends using a Velcro closing inside, which, of course, I didn’t have. But, I did have some magnetic snaps, which worked great, too. (Yes, the pearl clasps are just for show, but aren’t they darling?)
Becky Robert’s tres-chic purse patterns are so versatile. To give you an idea of all the fun things you can do with her pattern, just click HERE, where I searched for “handbag” on her blog, Inking Idaho. The girl is a genius.
Well butter my buns and call me a biscuit! Have you saddled up to our Catered Crop Follow-the-Recipe #12 party, yet? You can find all the details and link up with us here: FTR12. It’s crazy easy to play. Just use any of the ingredients from Grace’s inspiration card. I used Grace’s brown colors, a charm and a creative fold, and my theme would be masculine, if my project wasn’t a purse, that is. If you like these purses and you play along with us, you may just win one of Becky’s tutorials. You’ll be happier than a tick on a fat dog.
Here are the rest of the ingredients for my Western swingin’ purses. Everything is Stampin’ Up! unless otherwise noted.
- Paper – Cosmo Cricket Wanted
- Color Mediums – a little sponging with Close to Coco classic ink
- Fibers – DMC embroidery floss (#898), stitched grosgrain ribbon and some retired Ribbons Original Alpine felt stitched ribbon
- Tools – Stampin’ Up! Tool kit. I used the paper piercing template to post the holes before I hand embroidered the whip-stitch edging. Cuttlebug embossing folder. Sandpaper to distress the edges.
- Embellishments – antique and silver brads, JHB International Mini Overall kit, Karen Foster brads, Oriental Trader “Keys to My Heart” charms, Tim Holtz Baubles, flat-back pearls, BasicGrey magnetic snaps
Hope you enjoyed a little bit of Texas Western Swing – Yee Haw! Ya’ll come back now.