I started to hook it as I have not yet settled on my next larger project because I’m not good watching TV without something in my hands. At first I didn’t know what I would do with yet another small project but very quickly realized the pattern was perfect for a cover for my new iPad, which then morphed into a purse or pouch for it. Hooking a handbag was on my to do list for some time and this pattern fit the bill nicely.
I hooked the front and back in a #3 cut but did the outside edge in a row of #4 cut then a row of #5 cut. I extended the length of the pattern by about 5-6 rows and the width by at least 2 rows. I used leftover material, therefore none of the leaves match, but I think that makes for a more interesting effect. I had lots of dark blue from another project so used that for the background.
This was not a difficult project to construct together as it was just a fold over with two seams. Maybe Pearl McGown was ahead of her time more than we knew...a visionary into the future, as this design was perfectly conducive to be made into a tablet cover. I zigzagged the burlap edge all around, then folded it in, pressed it down and then basted the cut edge to the underside of the hooked piece. I sewed the folded burlap edges together with a crisscross pattern then whipped over the edge to hide the stitches and burlap. The inside lining is a repurposed carry bag given to me one year at Rug school when registering. I took the straps off and sewed it across about halfway up and it was perfect size for the liner.
I was going to sew it tight to the top edge of the opening but realized that the grey would show on the outside. So I used some 2 ply yarn and did a fine whipping around the top opening and then attached the liner below the edge of the opening. I finished it off with a leather strap from an old purse that my husband had bought for me many years ago that eventually wore out. For some reason I saved the strap as it was a nice piece of leather and put it away for future use. So with a repurposed, old Pearl McGown pattern called Rose and Forget me Nots, a repurposed carry bag, left over wool and a recycled leather strap, I made a purse that I will use for years to come. I really enjoyed this small project.