Thursday, January 11, 2018

New Concealed Carry Purse Design Available at GCC

I wrapped up 2017 unveiling a brand new concealed carry purse to all of my customers.  Have you seen it yet?  If not, I'll share it with you now.  

In the summer of 2017 I was eager to find another great purse to convert to a ccw purse.  I had a few requirements..  1. It needed to be easy to make in different sizes, 2. It needed to have lots of pockets, 3. I wanted to be able to add a crossbody strap and/or shoulder straps.  I finally found the perfect purse from one of my favorite designers..Svetlana Sotak, the owner of Sotak Handmade.  She has a Vera Slouch purse that is just beautiful.  The basic design was a great starting point for my new GCC Slouch Concealed Carry Purse.  

I decided to make this purse in 3 sizes.  It took some trial and error, but I finally came up with these three purse styles for my gun carrying customers.   Let's take a look!  ;)

Last, but not least (because this is my favorite and the bag I carry every day)....


Let's start with the size changes.  

Vera Slouch is 11" wide x 11" tall x 4" deep.  The measurements for my purses are as follows;

GCC Large Slouch Ambidextrous side draw:  13" wide x 11" tall x 5" deep
GCC Medium Slouch Ambidextrous side draw: 12" wide x 10" tall x 4" deep
GCC Mini Top Draw: ~ 9.5" wide x 8" tall x 3" deep

A lot of the size change had to do with converting the back of the purse to a gun compartment.  It needs to be long enough and tall enough to accommodate many gun sizes.  

Secondly, after my first attempt at converting the Vera Slouch to a gun purse, I noticed some things about the design that I wanted to change.  


When I started carrying this purse, I had just gotten my very first smart phone.  As I was carrying it around in the outer front pocket, as I think most people would do, I realized that it did not seem very secure.  So, I decided to add strips of fabric that would allow me to slide my phone into a snug pocket inside the larger one.  I absolutely love this feature!  The pocket to the right of my phone is also great for my reading glasses, which seems to be a requirement for me now. (ugh!)  The simple delights of being over 40.  😋

I add this feature to the Large Slouch and Medium Slouch only, as the Mini has nice deep pockets. 


Another issue I noticed while I was carrying around my new purse, was that my sunglasses often fall to the bottom of my purse.  With my fair complexion and blue eyes, I wear my shades basically all day.  So, I need them in easy reach.  I cannot remember where I saw this brilliant design idea, but on one of my many Etsy searches while looking for new designs, I came across a purse that had a sewn in eyeglass case.  "BOOM!"  What a brilliant idea!  It now is part of my Large Slouch Design. 


My customers love the option of adding shoulder straps to my GCC Convertible Concealed Carry Purse.  No matter what purse you decide to use, I think the best way to wear your purse is in a crossbody purse.  This way your purse is always on you and you are less likely to set it down when out and about.  However, I know some of you like the option to throw your purse over your shoulder, as do I.  

For the Large Slouch, I soon realized that having "handles", not shoulder straps, would be a great option for this larger style.  I did not have it on my original design, as it was not part of the Vera pattern.  However, I absolutely LOVE the handles and could not live without them.  Why?  I just love being able to grab my purse quickly by the handles when I get out of the car.  I also love to just have the purse hanging on my wrist if I'm just getting out for a second to go into the gas station.  I also like to throw it over my shoulder once and a while.  Now, the handles are short, so if you are a larger woman, or wearing a really bulky coat, it may not work over the shoulder.  


The last, and obvious change, is the addition of a gun compartment on the back of the purse.  The GCC Mini has a  concealed top draw zipper gun pocket on the back and the Medium and Large Slouch purses both have concealed ambidextrous entry points.  That means that if you draw right handed or left handed, it does not matter.  I have zippers on both sides of the purse that lead into the separate gun compartment.  

I think that is about it.  I'm so happy you stopped by to read more about my purses.  I'd love to hear your feedback.  Do you have any sewing hacks to share with me?  I'd love to read about them.  

See all GCC Concealed Carry Purses in my Etsy shop at

Thanks and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!


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Gina is also on INSTAGRAM.  Enjoy "in process" photos and behind the scenes shots of the sewing process from beginning to end. 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Concealed Carry Purse-A Handmade Christmas Gift

I have been missing my blog lately.  Not just writing, but the sharing and interacting with other bloggers.  My Etsy business is taking up all of my time lately, which is a very good thing.  So, blogging has had to take a back seat.  However, I don't want to leave the blogging world, as it is what helped me get my Etsy shop up and running!  I still get a lot of visits from my blog so I do not want to neglect it anymore.

So, I'd like to just share with you what I have been up to lately.  The easiest way to do that is to share with pictures.

My Etsy Shop, GCCGinascraftcorner, is my onlone shop where I create handcrafted concealed carry purses in many different beautiful fabrics.  The best part, is that I allow my customers to customize their purses by selecting a fabric of their choice.

GCC Original:  The Casual Crossbody
The owner of the purse above had a special request from me.  She said she had the perfect fabric for her purse and wanted to know if she could just send it to me.  Of course, that was no problem!  When you see the inside of this purse, you will understand why she was so excited about her fabric.

Aren't those owls just the cutest?!

Here is the gun compartment.  This purse is a top draw concealed carry purses.

I also made side-draw concealed carry purses.  I will leave you with a few pictures of those.

If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind gift for a lady in your life this Christmas, then hop on over to and shop your little heart out! :)



Friday, August 19, 2016

Thursday, August 11, 2016

GCC Concealed Carry Purse- My Designing Adventure

I am so excited to share with you my newest sewing adventure of designing my very own concealed carry purse.  I made an attempt a while back, but it was too huge.  Funny enough, this one turns out to be too small!  LOL

In the past I have taken someone else's purse design and converted it into a gun bag.  I often feel guilty hacking their purses like this, especially when some say I do not have to acknowledge them.  So, I decided it was time to design my own to sell in my Etsy shop and at

Gina's Concealed Carry Purse-Designing Adventure

I have to admit, I would love to just design purses full time.  I love the creative part of it.  I'm always drawing in my little sketch book trying to design the perfect one-of-a-kind purse that no one else has ever seen before. (right-lol) I soon realized, early on, that I just did not have enough "know-how" to design my own purse.  There are so many different techniques to learn when it comes to making purses.  The reason I was finally able to make this purse on my own, was because I had finally made enough "different" purses and learned enough techniques, that I finally had enough of the puzzle to put a decent purse together on my own.

Gina's Concealed Carry Purse-Designing Adventure

I often look at purses all over the internet for inspiration.  I saw a little purse online that had a slanted pocket with a zip.  It went all the way across, but I thought I would add a pocket for some more accessories.  My customers have been asking for a smaller concealed carry purse, so I was trying to come up with something to fit their needs.  This purse measures 9"W x 8.5"H. 

Gina's Concealed Carry Purse-Designing Adventure

As soon as I finished this purse I measured the gun pocket and it only had room for a gun about 5.75" in length.  It would fit the small guns, but most of my customers have a gun that measures 6" at least.  I decided that I needed to try again and make the pocket at least 7" in height.  I was not too sad because that meant I had a new cute purse! 

I did learn a few new techniques in making this purse.  Would you believe I had never made a purse with a top zipper closure as pictured above.  All the patterns I use usually have a recessed zipper, which I love.  Another new things was putting in those strap loops.  They would have been fine if I did not have to work around the gun pocket, but I just could not squeeze them in there very well with the measurements I was using.  Well, it is not like I thought I would get this bag perfect the first time.  (uh..yes I did-lol) 

I made this purse 2 more times and finally came up with what I think is cute gun purse!  It is a little bigger and I changed a few things, but I am very happy with my new GCC "Casual Crossbody".  If you want to see my new purse you can go to my facebook page to check it out!  I'd love for you to hop on over and comment and join my community over there.  ;)

 Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

GCC's Parade of Purses- 22 Concealed Carry Purses Sewn in 26 Days

If you are a regular reader of Gina's Craft Corner, you know that I sell concealed carry purses on Etsy. Well, on May 30th, I set a goal of sewing up 39 purses and 8 wallets by July 4th.  However, with only 8 days left until the 4th, I don't think I am going to make it.  I've been showcasing these purses on my facebook page so my customers can follow along and keep track of my progress.  Since I am over half-way to my goal, I thought I would compile the photos here on my blog, because honestly, it has been a blur to me!

Here is what 26 days of late nights and little sleep has produced.

Purse #1 & 2

Purse #3

Purse 4

Purse #5

Wallet redo (my giraffes were upside down).

Purse #6

Purse #7 & 8

Purse #9

Purse #10

Purse #11

Purse #12

Purse 13 & 14

Purse #15

Purse #16

Purse #17

 Purse #18

 I made 4 more purses that I did not take pictures of, so that leaves me 17 to go.

If you are interested in concealed carry purses or know someone who is, please visit my Etsy shop, GCCginascraftcorner, or my store web page, for more information. My store will remain closed until the end of July so that I can finish up orders, and possibly introduce a new concealed carry tote.  If you would like to know when I reopen, you can easily sign up for my newsletter on my website.

Want to see what the next 17 purses look like?  Follow along on my facebook page, Gina's Craft Corner, and let me know your favorites.

Thanks for stopping by and have a safe and wonderful 4th of July!


GCC Links
*Etsy Shop
*GCC-Gina's Concealed Carry store and blog

Friday, June 10, 2016

Pinbellish #41

Welcome to Pinbellish #41!

A Pinning Celebration


Pin Trivia 

A rolling pin is a simple tool used to flatten dough.

Over the centuries, rolling pins have been made of many different materials, including long cylinders of baked clay, smooth branches with the bark removed, and glass bottles. As the development of breads and pastries spread from Southern to Western and Northern Europe, wood from local forests was cut and finished for use as rolling pins. The French perfected the solid hardwood pin with tapered ends to roll pastry that is thick in the middle; its weight makes rolling easier. The French also use marble rolling pins for buttery dough worked on a marble slab.

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  1. Link to your pinterest pin (not your blog - only links to pins get featured)
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  2. Add up to 7 pins old or new (one for each day of the week!)
  3. Repin 2 pins for every link you add
  4. Follow your hosts on your favourite social media platform
At Pinbellish Pin Party please repin pins in Pinterest to promote Pinterest prioritising your pins to purfylle your Pinterest pinning pleasure. 

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Falling Blossoms Scarf
vintage dresser
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Crossover Flounce Dress

 knitted slippers
polka dots using a mason jar ring
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