But, when the folks at Seattle Children’s Hospital enlisted my help to turn a cigar box into a purse for their fundraiser, I decided to make an exception for this good cause. My problem with most cigar box purses, is that they are cumbersome and lack functionality. I wanted to see if I could change that.
I chose this box for the sturdy pine frame and ornate floral decals at the edges. Then I fashioned a padded front with my signature pleats. The biggest hurdle was getting the gusseted lining and zipper pocket to fit inside. . .all while wearing my finger splint. The finishing touch was using my trusty Dremel tool to set holes for handle rivets, purse feet, and magnetic closures.
Truth be told, I actually enjoyed the challenge of working with tools I haven’t used since high school wood shop. But don’t get too excited for any more cigar box purses from me . . . I think I’ll stick to my sewing machine!