Saturday, December 10, 2011

Check Out My New Purse, and a Giveaway!

As most of you know, I'm very fond of my mail call posts and I love to show off the goodies I get in the mail so often. Today I'm particularly excited to show you what I've gotten, because it comes with a GIVEAWAY!
Readers, I would like you to meet my new purse. Purse, meet my readers.

Hi, nice to meet you.
You might remember me gushing over this purse when I was on the quest to add more fur to my life.

 This sweet creation is the pièce de résistance of Sherrill from Vintage4Creations.

Here's what I like about it. The sewing is excellent. I looked over every detail on this little gem when it arrived and have every confidence that this purse is sewn to last a lifetime.

I'm of course thrilled with the fact that it's made from an up-cycled vintage coat and fur, and the button detail delights me to no end.

The best part? Sherrill cleverly included an original pocket from the coat into the side of the purse and it's the perfect size for my iTouch!

Before we get to the giveaway by Vintage4Creations, let's get to know Sherrill.

Sherrill, can you tell us a bit about yourself? Your passions, your favorite materials, your personal style?
My sewing/crafting passion is to take vintage items and incorporate or change them into new creations, that is where I came up with the name for my etsy shop, vintage4creations. I love hunting and searching for those things that can be re-born. Although not quite a passion, I also have a growing fondness for gardening.
I have always liked fabrics that seem comfortable and embody home to me; flannel, corduroy, chenille, wool-not the scratchy type and cotton. I love vintage barkcloth and textures.
I don't know that I have a personal style. I'm still working on that.

How and when did you learn to sew? Do you have a sewing mentor?
I don't really remember not sewing. My mom used to sew and taught me at a young age. She had a wonderful old black Singer machine with stenciling on it that only did straight stitch and zigzag. I loved that machine!
Currently, I look for sewing hints, ideas and guidance in some vintage 1920s books that my husband found while cleaning out his parents garage, online at and in magazines and books that have been handed down or are at the library.

How did you get started with Vintage4Creations and why purses?
Vintage4creations came to being from my love of sewing. I actually started making aprons and some simple totes from vintage fabrics. My shop is constantly in a state of progression. I am always looking for new patterns and ideas. I just purchased a few vintage patterns with hats, purses, a capelet and gloves. Hopefully, those will turn out well enough to expand my offerings.

Vintage Lovin the 50s Aqua, Pink, Gray Diamond Fabric Shoulderbag Tote Purse

In my purse you used a wonderful recycled vintage coat and fur collar; what are some of the materials you look for when hunt for notions and fabrics?
I look for texture and color and it has to speak to me, if that makes sense. I started out buying a lot of fabric as I found it, but now that my stash area has nearly run out of room, I am trying to be more selective. However, I can hardly ever pass up a really good deal on vintage fabric and notions.

Vintage Glam Nobby Green Fabric Large Purse with Fur and Brooch Accent

What is your favorite item in your shop and why?
My favorite item is the elephant that I just made. She is made from a 1940s mail order pattern in a vintage gray barkcloth. When I was young, my parents would take me to the Portland Zoo and I loved an elephant there named Packy. There is something so wonderful about those gentle giants, the wrinkles in their skin, their eyes and their shape.

Stuffed Elephant Toy Gray Vintage Barkcloth Collectable

Sherrill is also generously offering a $20 gift certificate to Vintage4Creations for one lucky winner.

Here's how you can win:
1. For one entry, check out Vintage4Creations and leave me a comment telling me your favorite item in the shop.

2. For another entry, become a follower of A Few Threads Loose and leave a comment.

3. For another you can Like Vintage4Creations on Facebook, and for yet another you can Like A Few Threads Loose on Facebook too.

That's four chances to win. The winner's comment will be chosen at random via on Sunday the 17th. Good luck to all!


  1. I'm a big fan of that nobby green purse with the leaf brooch. Such a great use of vintage materials! Yay!

  2. Thank you Anna for the opportunity to be interviewed for your blog. It turned out wonderfully. I am so glad that you are thrilled with your purse. Good luck to all those who enter the contest.

  3. Gorgeous bags, but the elephant is the cutest.

  4. I'm with favourite is the Vintage Nobby Green Fabric Large Purse with Fur and Brooch Accent. I'm already a follower of your lovely blog but now I'm off to check you out on facebook!

  5. I too love the Nobby Green Fabric purse!

  6. I follow your blog.

  7. I follow on facebook

  8. it has to be the green, such a wonderful colour! A great use of vintage fabrics, love it!

  9. Follow your blog... Love everything Charlotte I like the green too.

  10. Sherill has a lovely shop! Love the fur trimmed purses, but favor the Vintage 1950s Floral Cotton Fabric Large Purse Tote.

  11. Have been a follower and love your blog.

  12. Liked Vintage 4 Creations on facebook.

  13. I also already have a a friend on Facebook.

  14. Love the fur trimmed bags for sure, especially with the green, and that pink and turquoise purse you featured is awesome! I swear I have some of that same fabric somewhere!

  15. Already a friend of yours here on the blog. :)

  16. Love the 1920's vacation print bag, love all the prints!

  17. I am so behind on reading Sew Retro that this AM I found they had moved. Which then led me here because the first post on WeSewRetro was a view of this lovely bag. No wonder you wanted such a great looking purse. Glad I am catching up on my reading and found your blog and Vingtage4You.

  18. I visited Vintage4You and found my favorite item was the green nubby wool fabric with fur trim and brooch. Have liked you both on FB. Became a follower of your blog.

  19. I love the purse you bought!

    I NEED to be included in this givaway. :) My fav purse is the Vintage Glam Nobby Green Fabric Large Purse with Fur and Brooch Accent. but the other green one is a very close second.

    I already am a follower of your blog aaand I just 'liked' you on fb. :)

    Thanks so much

  20. I love the vintage green glam bag. I'm always easy for pieces with fur and brooches. It's just adorable!

  21. My Favourite item is this:!
    And the elephant!
    I already follow you via RSS!

  22. I absolutely love the green purse with the leaf broach! These are such beautiful purses and the fur and broach details are lovely! Would love to enter the giveaway. Sam xox

  23. I am also a follower of your blog :-) Sam xox

  24. I also follow on Facebook, Sam xox

  25. Lovely, my favourite item is Vintage Toy Soldier Tote Bag - it´s adorable!

  26. It's hard to pick one "favorite" amongst so many pretty things! I think I would choose the Vintage Pillow Ticking Tote Bag :)

  27. Put my name in twice, I did the FB thing for both of you!
    Great giveaway, thanks!