How to make a cute purse with kids using tools:
During our last trip to France, all the françaises were carrying their little round purse. I wanted one but as usual our suitcases were too full to add one more item so I left the purse behind. Nonetheless, it was in my mind and I decided to come up with my own. I found those Trivet (hot pad) at Goodwill and just sewed some fabric in between. I added belts (also found at Goodwill) for the stripes. I thought it was cute and decided that we should do a smaller version for kids!
Step 1: the kids used a special mat to help them cutting their fabric using a rotary cuter. They had to use a measuring tape. I picked out a fabric with straight lines to help them with the cut.
Step 2: they cut a stripe into the fusible interface bought at Joann. When you press them together, the fabric becomes stiffer.
Step 3: this is what it looks like.
Step 4: they pinned their stripe onto one trivet. We added a little bit of fabric glue to help holding the piece in place.
Step 5: They sewed by hand.
Step 6: They made one braid out of rope to do their stripe.
Step 7; they added a hook to hold a pom-pom.