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Cross-Stitch Peacock Purse

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I’m always amazed at the versatility of DMC embroidery floss. It comes in an amazing range of gorgeous colors, and it has a luxurious sheen. It’s also super inexpensive–less than 40 cents a skein! When I was playing with color combinations one day, I came up with this peacock palette and knew I wanted to use it in an accessory of some sort. I came up with this vintage-look evening bag, which reminds me of a Flapper purse from the Roaring Twenties.

Although I call it a “Cross-Stitch Peacock Purse,” it’s actually worked in half cross-stitches on black Aida fabric. I lined the bag with shimmery blue fabric and completed the “Flapper” look with an antique chain and embroidery floss fringe. The finished bag is 4″ by 6″–the perfect size for carrying a cell phone and lipstick on a special night out.

This design was featured in the 2015 Holiday issue of Craft Ideas magazine. If you’d like to give the project a try, click here to download and print the chart. (Stitch the chart as shown and then turn it upside down to stitch the second half of the purse.) To assemble the purse, click here to go to the instructions on the Craft Ideas website. Trust me, it’s much easier to make than it looks. Happy stitching!



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