A new handbag and some ongoing SouleMama inspiration

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On Wednesday, I posted about freezer paper stenciling, something that I first became obsessed with after reading SouleMama’s first book a few years ago.

Today, I’ll post about a handbag I sewed this week from her second book, Handmade Home. It’s called the mama’s bag—just what I need!


For materials, I chose a grey wool skirt and a colorful silk scarf, both from the thrift store. The total cost was $4.75 and there’s plenty of material left over to sew something else.


The instructions were simple and the bag came together nicely.


I LOVE all that color peeking out of the gray wool!


And look what I’m carrying around in my new handbag—Amanda’s latest book, The Rhythm of Family: Discovering a Sense of Wonder Through the Seasons! It’s lovely; simple yet profound.

Essays by Amanda and her husband are matched with seasonal projects and activities. I read it through quickly and am now on my second read-through. I’m going slower this time, savoring the wisdom and contemplating our own family’s seasonal rhythms and pace.

For someone who has a small problem with wanting to do everything (Pinterest Pinner’s Anonymous anyone?), this is just the sort of antidote I need to remind me to slow down and savor the seasons with my family.

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  1. says

    Love this! I have all her books too. Acutally I bought her latest book but gave it to my husband so he and the kids and can give it to me in a couple of weeks for my birthday. It’s going to be a long wait.
    I love how you used wool for the outside and fun colors for the inside very inspiring.

  2. says

    At least you are making and not just pinning! I am just spending hours scrolling through and in the end not even pinning that much! The bag looks great, by the way. :)

  3. Holly says

    Aw that Mama bag is WoNdErFuL!!!! I love the colors inside, and the gray is just lovely!!! I have both Soule Mama’s books, so I definitely need to try this project. Thanks for posting!!!

  4. Two Chicks and a Hen says

    I LOVE the purse! What a great combination, and that grey wool skirt was an awesome find. I’ve eyed that purse in her book many times. I’m sure I will end up making it one day.

  5. megwrites says

    I keep waiting for my library to get this book! I would love to buy it, but I don’t have much of a book buying budget at the present.

  6. says

    Gorgeous bag – i love how you do that thing of being inspired by someone else but taking it in your own creative direction. I want to copy your bag exactly!
    Yeah, Pinterest. I am finding my obsession winding down. Hopefully it stays that way. Good luck.

  7. shelli says

    I love your color choices for your bag!! Do you think a beginner sewer could make the bag? You reminded me of the freezer paper stenciling idea. I think I’m going to work on something for my brother and sister-in-laws first baby.

  8. says

    Pinterest Pinner’s Anonymous, Hi, I am a pinner.
    Thanks for reminding me I bought Amanda’s latest book, and have yet to finish it!
    auuugh, so much to absorb so little time. your bag came out great!