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Lipstick and Change

3 Tiny Adorable Bags

Difficulty: Easy

I remember one of the first purses I ever owned: a gift for my birthday, it was soft to the touch and tiny. Perfect for treasured things when I was a little girl and then for grown-up girl things, like lipstick . . . and change. It carried these essentials until its sweet little kiss lock would no longer kiss.

Lipstick and Change is my effort to recapture that beloved first purse. My update is colorful, playful, and has 3 size options (who doesn't love options?).

The tiniest size is perfect for when you can leave the house with just about nothing except a car key, lipstick, and a few crisp bills.

The medium size is ideal for the after party where smart phones are just not cool. And the celeb who spots your bag will probably ask you where you got it.

The largest size is large enough for an I-phone and everything you really need. You really can't make just one.

Look at Additional Details for Dimensions, Gauge, Necessary Materials and information about Kits.

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Finished Dimensions

Small Lipstick

4" (10cm) wide across the front/back at bag bottom
4" (10cm) wide across the front/back at bag top
2" (5cm) deep
4" (10cm) tall from bottom to frame

Medium Lipstick

4" (10cm) wide across the front/back at bag bottom
4" (10cm) wide across the front/back at bag top
2" (5cm) deep
5" (12.5cm) tall from bottom to frame

Large Lipstick

4" (10cm) wide across the front/back at bag bottom
4" (10cm) wide across the front/back at bag top
2" (5cm) deep
6" (15cm) tall from bottom to frame

Pattern Difficulty

Intrepid Easy: Requires knowledge of knitting and purling, knitting in the round on circular needles, and some hand-sewing during the finishing process.



Pre-felted gauge: 20 stitches and 28 rounds = 4" (10cm) in St st with a double-strand of worsted weight yarn.



A Lipstick and Change Hardware Kit is available for your convenience. It contains:

4" (10cm) classic purse frame 
10" (25cm) classic purse chain
4 Noni 12mm bag feet
5 x 5 in sheet of stiffener

NOTE: the pattern, yarn, beads, and thread are not included in the kit so that you may choose the format and colors you prefer.

Yarn Requirements

Small Lipstick: 75 yds (69m)
Medium Lipstick: 95 yds (90m)
Large Lipstick:110 yds (100m)

Needles and Other Materials

Size 8 (5mm) 16 (4cm) circular needles or size needed to obtain gauge
Sharp sewing needle
Large-eyed darning needle
Stitch marker to mark round
Large-mouth hole punch to punch stiffener
Awl or size 6 (4mm) double-pointed needle
Locktite Superglue Extra Time Control clear-drying glue to glue bag into frame

Cover Samples

All pictured samples were made in Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd's Wool. Samples were made in Orange, Antique Rose, Hot Pink, Christmas Red, Turquoise, Yellow and Lime.

All editions up to but not including the Sixth:  

I want to emphasize the importance of glueing the purse into the frame prior to sewing it into the frame. However, it is best, no, imperative, that you sew the purse into the frame while the glue is drying.

Unfortunately, I found this out the hard way! I allowed the glue to dry and then could not get the needle through the felt. This made it impossible to sew the bag into the frame.

The slim good news is that the bag is obviously staying put in the frame!  So, if you didn't mind the little sew-holes being naked, you would likely be able to carry your little purse around without worry that the bag would suddenly drop from the frame without warning.