UR Priceless Blog Hop and a giveaway – now closed

12 Nov

Giveaway now closed

After a week of seeing what others have created in this priceless blog hop it’s my turn to share some of my handiwork.  First a big thanks to Mdm Samm for the great pattern and instructions and Katherine for organising the blog hop.

Over the last six months I’ve made a number of frame purses;

Japanese patchwork frame coin purse

Glue-in frame purses

I’ve also been teaching others how to make these in workshops at Arrietty.
All these purses have been made using the frames where the fabric is glued in rather than sewn in so I was keen to join in this blog hop and try out the sew-in frame.

I found the pattern straight forward to work with, the instructions were clear and the photographs really helpful.

The first one using Jay McCarroll fabrics turned out just fine:

Frame purse - Garden Friends

Frame purse - Garden Friends

I bought my frames from 3D Pattern Paper, the shop is based in China and I was a little bit concerned about how long delivery might take to the UK but was amazed when it took just 7 days for my parcel to arrive!  They have a wide selection of frames in store and the prices are great.

I used a iron on cotton interfacing which has no brand name but I buy it from my local fabric store and it has a great feel and is easy to work with.  It has a fleecy feel to it and so is thicker than normal iron on interfacing.

The next one I made involved upcycling some old jeans and using some scraps left over from a scrap quilt:

Denim coin purse - front

The back has a different strip of scraps:

Denim coin purse - back

I found sewing the purse into the frame wasn’t too awkward (although I did manage to break a needle), the instructions were useful for this otherwise I’m not sure where I would have started.  I used threads from my collection, most of it is from the car boot sale or the charity shop so I don’t really know what it is.  A couple of times the thread did break but I was able to fix it and not have to start again.

Red Letter Day frame purse

This purse is a bit special, made using some of my favourite fabrics, last week it was one of the winners of the ‘Your Andover’ contest.

Red Letter Day frame purse

Last but by no means least I whizzed this one up on Saturday evening, I needed a bit of sewing time after my daughters 8th birthday party.  So while my children were engrossed in watching ‘The Railway Children’ I pulled out my bag of Sew Cherry scraps left from a Siblings Together quilt:


So what to do with all these purses?  Do you fancy one?  I’m giving one away (but not the orange duck one) – if you’re lucky it might even contain some of that shiny chocolate money!

Just leave a comment below letting me know which one you would like (Jay McCarroll, upcycled denim or Sew Cherry) to be in with a chance to win.

For an extra entry you can sign up for email subscription (top right).  Leave an additional comment if you choose to do so.  Giveaway will close at 9pm (UK time) next Sunday (18th November) I’ll use random number generator to select a winner – please make sure I have a way of contacting you if you win.

If you want to purchase the pattern you can find it for sale in Mdm Samms Craftsy store.

So go on hop along and see what these other priceless people have made, you might even find another giveaway:

Read, quilt, cook, pray

The Learning Curve

Bacon Then Eggs

Nati’s Little Things

Feltfree pa Asly

El Patchwork de la Abuela

Amy’s Crafty Shenanigans

Maryjo J

s.o.t.a.k. Handmade 


Janice M

Throw a wench in the works

Everyone Deserves a Quilt

A Stitch in Time

Sew Me Something Good

And check out the Pinterest board here to see all the purses made during this blog hop.  Thanks for stopping by.

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138 Replies to “UR Priceless Blog Hop and a giveaway – now closed

  1. I’d love the sew cherry one, think its lovely (bad luck being the first post though!). So which do you prefer, glued in or sewed in? 🙂

  2. ohh the jeans one for sure – ohh chocolate money – reminds me of the treasure hunts we did at birthdays when I was young (not that I’m really old – but apparently I’m too old to do those childish games, I don’t even get a pirate cake anymore, this getting older thingy has it’s downsides)

  3. Your purses are so cute! I saw your winner over at Andover fabrics yesterday while I was browsing their site! How exciting! I love all of your cute little purses but I really like the Jay McCarroll. Get giveaway!

  4. I’d love the cherry one (obvious choice for me!) but they are all gorgeous x

  5. Oh just left my comment in the wrong post! sorry too sleepy this morning after a 15 hour flight this weekend! Hope it counts anyway!

  6. Well done on your win and thanks for the link to the Etsy site for the frames. I love the Jay McCarroll one best.

  7. Wow! Mary, you did an amazing job. I love all of your purses. I do especially love the denim one. It reminds me of when I was younger and we made purses from our old blue jeans.

  8. They are wonderful Mary! and congratulations on the Andover win!
    I was thinking of a few of these purses for Christmas presents, would you say sew or glue in ones are best?

  9. Hi Mary
    Great purses – thanks for all the details!
    I love the Jay McCarroll one!

  10. Don’t enter me in the giveaway as I already have lots of these and am having giveaways for the ones I made for the blog hop but I did want to say Congratulations on your win with Andover fabrics. All your purses turned out great.

  11. As always delicious fabric choices Mary. If my name pops up I’d be happy for you to choose one and surprise me. Thanks for the link to a good frame supplier.

  12. They are all wonderful but I guess I really like the upcycled denim one…thanks for sharing

  13. Hi Mary,
    I really love the turquoise one with the little fishies, but I think they are all adorable. just found your blog via ginger monkey and really enjoying it!.

  14. I love these purses! I fall in love with every one I see. Even so — and even though I LIVE in denim — I never would have thought to make a denim one! That’s MY favorite!

  15. these are so cute, I bet the denim one was harder to work with but it came out so cute too. My favorite IS the ducks so I went back to check which other one I would love to have and that would be the buggy one lol. Thanks for sharing

  16. Hi Mary…love them all and congrats on the win with Andover…you will just love their fabric ….even more now ..wink.

  17. Sew Cherry of course – all are so very cute and perfect. Judy C

  18. I LOVE the upcycled denim! Thank you for the chance…going to check out the pattern now

  19. All of your purses are wonderful, but I really love the Jay McCarroll one. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!

  20. These are all very darling!! I especially love the denim purse with the fabric strip — gosh it’s *adorable*!! 🙂

  21. I also signed up for the e-mail updates to your blog – can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

  22. Sew Cherry is my fave, I’m totally obsessed with cherries at the moment! Love your work x

  23. I’ve also subscribed for an additional entry into the giveaway 🙂
    (Sew Cherry)

  24. I love all of your creations. Your glued in purses are all darling and I love the selvedge one especially. The three done for the UR Priceless hop are sweet and my favorite is the Jay McCarroll one. Thanks for sharing!

  25. Very cute little purses. I would choose the Oh Sew Cherry fabric if I won. Thanks for the chance.

  26. I’m not entering the giveaway, I just wanted to say that I love the up-cycled jeans one, looks to cute.

  27. You have been busy making all these wonderful purses! Really love the patchwork and selvage ones! Thanks for having a giveaway, and I’d choose the Sew Cherry purse!

  28. All your purses are so cute! But my favorite one is the denim one. That is the one I would pick to win. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work.

  29. Love all your coin purses! My favorite is the cute bugs. Thank you for sharing and the great giveaway.

  30. Hi Mary – I love your little denim purse. The shop where you teach looks interesting. I am in the process of recovering a vintage lampshade for a friend. Today I am seeking out a welder that can repair the ribs and reshape the circular base it appears the movers attempted to squash it from top to bottom and in doing so bent the ribs and broke the circular base frame. It’s a fun and challenging project but this time the original fabric was intact so it will be much easier to recover. From CA, USA, thanks for sharing.

  31. Hmm, I love the Sew Cherry! Chocolate coins?, Yes Please! You know I’d LOVE one of your cute coin purses. Espacially since I don’t have one 😀 Thanks for the giveaway ;D

  32. Jay McCarroll fabric one is the one I would choose if I win. But I really do love all of the purses that you made. Thanks for sharing and hope you visit me tomorrow when it’s my day to show my purses.

  33. Oh, super cute coin purses, Mary! Enjoyed seeing each one and love the upcycle idea (imagine that’s the one that broke your needle ;o) but Sew Cherry takes the prize in my opinion. I adore scrappy projects and this fabric line. Well done!

    Thanks so much for being a part of the hop.

    UR Priceless!

  34. I already subscribe via email, so does that mean I get 2 goes? If so, my favourite is the denim, closely followed by the cherry, although in saying that, I do adore the ducks, lol. Did you get the idea that I love ’em all!!


  35. Here’s my 2nd go (assuming that’s OK?)

    I’d LOVE that denim purse, the stripe down the middle really brings it to life. Amazing what you can do with even a tiny scrap of fabric!


  36. Me AGAIN!! And NO, I don’t expect another entry, lol. Just forgot to say thanks SO much for the link to the purse frames, I spent ages the other day looking for a 3″ one and couldn’t find any, so it’s good to find somewhere, and also have it recommended.

    Many thanks


  37. I would love to win the denim one {I think that is the one I’d choose}. TBH they are both so lovely, I keep changing my mind… but no, I think I decided – the denim one if I am lucky enough to win.

  38. Go you & congrats, did you get a rosette?!
    I love the Sew Cherry most – my girls have Jay Mc quilts, so if that arrived here it would be civil war to claim that one!
    Thanks for the chance xxx

  39. I love the first patchwork one and the red letter day ducks–who can resist those little buggers?! So Cherry would fit nicely in my purse, thankyouverymuch. I made one of these but it already has a home so I’d love to have one of yours!

  40. I love the denim one! You did some really cute ones. I am really wanting to try this but am not a hand sewer at all.
    xoxo melzie

  41. Congratulations on winning the “Your Andover” contest. How exciting!

    All of your coin purses are great. My favorite though has to be the denim.

  42. Love these little purses. Like the denim one the best. Thanks for sharing.

  43. They are fab Mary! I love the denim one but I’d happily trade that (and some other bribery) for a lesson in how to make them!

  44. Oh my goodness all of your purses are so adorable and really colorful. I love all of the fabric combinations too. Well done!
    Thank you for the give away, I would like to win any of these little cuties. I would be honored 😀
    thank you for sharing your creativity

  45. You made some great purses! In the first group, I like the one that uses selveges. Please include me in your giveaway. I would choose the denim one.

  46. Great little purses! The denim one is adorable and I love the strip of color down the middle. I did notice you made one with selvages – perfect way to use them! Thanks for sharing with us hoppers.

  47. Oh the denim one for sure – it is so ‘me’!! I will be checking out the shop you said that sells the frames as I had a realy hard time gettin that one!

  48. Yay I subscribe by email already and thank you for the chance 🙂 Your purses look brilliant – especially the denim one (very clever!!).

  49. They are all great. Love your first one with all the little prints. Sew Cherry, that’s a cutie. Nice nice job on them all.

  50. Oh I liked the same one that you wanted to keep the best! I like the recycled denium next. Wonderful job!

  51. What a great variety! I can see why you wouldn’t part with the ducks. I love the bugs!

  52. I love them all but if I have to pick just one it would be the upcycled denim.
    Thanks for sharing and a chance to win.

  53. Such a lovely bunch of coin purses! That up ~ cycled jean with the strip of scrap fabrics is just too dang cute!

  54. Oh! What pretty purses!!! I love the fabric choices you made. And would love your cherry one :o) (I also have to add that I love your animal coin purses you shared on your previous post :o) Oh and yes, you are so right in encouraging everyone to check out the other coin purses shown…this has been sooo fun! (Actually, I also have a giveaway on my coin purse post :o) Personalized Sketches art Giveaway

    Blessings & Aloha!
    I am home from visiting our first little grandbaby! Wish I could have stayed longer! But I am trying now to catch up with all the wonderful posts on this blog hop. Yay! I am caught up now, so am here on Day 6 with my visits!

  55. All of them are desirable but I will choose the Denim as I seem to live in it.

  56. Sew Cherry is sew cute 🙂
    Thanks for the chance!
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

  57. I love the denim one with the strip of patchwork! But please don’t enter me into the giveaway, I made a ton of these myself!

  58. I love them all! But, my favorite is the Jay McCarroll fabric, the bug is too cute!

  59. Delicious purses … the cherry one is my favourite …. off to put the kettle on and visit the other blogs!

  60. I would love the Jay McCarroll…..of course, all of them are superb.

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  62. Id love the denim or the jay, I’ve been blog hopping and really want to have a go, not feeling too confident I can manage one but will give them a go some day lol,

  63. I love the selvage one. A very good way of using that “unusable” bit of fabric left at the end!

  64. I lovelove the Jay McCarrol fabric! adorable!

    So that would be my first choice. Second would be the cherries. 🙂

  65. I really love the cherry one! All of them are so beautiful! thanks for the chance to win!

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