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Jul 7, 1959 H- M- WH- 2,893,457
REMOVABLE PURSE LINER AND METHOD OF FABRICATION INVENTOR.
f/e/e/v M M/s0/7 llfl ed, S ate. Paw Q REMOVABLE PURSE LINER AND METHOD OF FABRICATION HelenM. Wilson, Oakland, Calif.
Application July 10, 1956, Serial No. 597,038 2 Claims. (Cl. 150-30) The present invention relates to purses, handbags, and the like, and more particularly to a removable liner used therewith to facilitate transferring the contents of one such purse to another.
It is a common practice among fashion conscious women to possess several handbags or purses which may vary in size, capacity, and ornamentation. For example a woman may carry a commodious relatively inexpensive handbag for routine daytime use and may employ a second more petite and decorative purse for formal outings. Generally when one purse is put aside in favor of a second, it is necessary to transfer at least a portion of the contents of one to the other. Owing to the number and variety of items commonly carried in such handbags, transferring the contents of one purse to another may be a bothersome and time consuming task.
A most satisfactory means of facilitating the interchange of articles between purses is to make use of a removable liner containing the items which it is desired to carry in the purse. When a change of purses it to be effected, the liner is simply lifted from one and deposited in the other. To be most satisfactory, the liner should be variable in size to make maximum use of the varying capacity of different handbags, the liner should be compartmentalized to assist in maintaining an orderly and readily accessible arrangement of items, and the liner should be adaptable to the constructional peculiarities of different classes of handbags, notably to the common practice of constructing handbags with a central divider or partition. It will further be foundmost advantageous to provide means whereby only a portion of the liner and contents may be removed from a first purse and inserted in a second smaller purse. V
It is a principal object of this invention to provide improved means for expediting the transfer of items from one purse or handbag to another.
It is an important objectof this invention to provide a removable liner or insert for a handbag which liner is adapted to make full use of the space available in a handbag characterized by one or more partitions or dividers.
It is an object of the inventionto provide improved means for containing objects within a handbag or purse and for containing such objects in a compartmentalized and readily accessible arrangement.
It is an object of this invention to provide a removable insert containing the contents of a purse which insert and contents may be readily transferred between a series of purses of widely varying size and structure.
Still a further object of this invention is to provide a removable liner or insert for a purse which liner is segmented in order that less than all the contents of a first purse may be conveniently removed and inserted in a second smaller purse.
It is another object of this invention to provide an economical method of fabricating interchangeable liners for purses and handbags.
7 2,893,457 Patented July 7, 1959 The invention, both as to its organization and mode of use, together with further objects and advantages thereof, will best be understood by reference to the following specification taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawing, in which:
Figure l is a perspective view of the invention shown removed from a purse and shown expanded to more clearly illustrate the structure thereof,
Figure 2 is a plan view of a fabric pattern for forming one segment of the purse liner shown in Figure 1,
Figure 3 is a perspective view of the invention inserted within a large purse, one end of the purse being removed to more clearly show the disposition of the liner therein,
Figure 4 is a perspective view of the invention inserted in a purse of the class characterized by a center partition, one end of the purse being removed for clarity, and
Figure 5 is a perspective view of one segment of the liner'shown in the previous figures, the liner segment being inserted in a small purse of which one end is removed for purposes of illustration.
Referring now to the drawing and more particularly to Figure 1 thereof, the handbag liner is shown formed as a series of pockets 11 adapted to carry the articles which would otherwise be deposited directly within a purse. Each such pocket 11 has a front wall 12 and matching rear wall 13, the two walls being preferably rectangular to conform to the majority of purses. The front and rear walls 12 and 13 are joined together along the lower margins 14 to close the bottom of the pockets H 11. The walls 12 and 13 are made of flexible fabric in order that articles of bulky or irregular shape may be stored within the pockets. The two lateral ends of the pockets 11 are closed by fabric endwalls 16 which endwalls are provided with a central fold 17 which form bellows folds, running generally parallel with the front and rear walls 12 and 13, in order that the pockets may be flattened or expanded to considerable width. While the folded end walls 16 may be directed either inward towards the center of the pockets 11 or outward from the pockets, the former arrangement will be found to be more esthetically pleasing.
In the handbag liner herein described four such pockets 11 are used although any number of pockets greater than one may be employed to achieve the objects of the invention. The pockets 11 are joined together to form a unitary assembly at the upper margins 18 of the rear and front walls 12 and 13 respectively of successive pockets. In order that the liner may be divided into two or more separate segments, at least one juncture between the upper margins 18 of the walls 12 and 13 is made by disengageable means. In the present embodiment, the juncture between the upper margins 18' of the two inner-v most pockets 11 and 11" is made by snap fasteners 19 which are spaced along the margin. By this means the liner may be separated into two smaller liners each having two pockets. It will be apparent that the snap fasteners 19 may be replaced by any of the well known means of making a disengageable fastening, for example the juncture may be achieved by buttons and buttonholes or by a zipper.
Referring now to Figure 2, there is shown a pattern 21 with which each separable half of the purse liner shown in Figure 1 may be formed of a single continuous piece of fabric. Such pattern 21 comprises a central rectangular section 22 shown bounded on the longer sides by margin lines 23 and 23' and bounded on the shorter sides by lines 24 and 24'. Considering the central rectangular section 22 to be divided into four equal subsections by three equally spaced lines 26 which lines are parallel to side lines 24 and 24, each such subsection is provided with two relatively short endwall extensions 27 one adjacent each margin line 23 and 23'. In order to achieve a more pleasing configuration in the assembled unit, the corners 28 of endwall extensions 27 are rounded.
To provide for hems on those edges of the pattern 21 which will be exposed in use, a short rectangular extension 29 is disposed along one of the shorter sides 2.4 of the central section 22, and a second rectangular extension 31 is disposed along the opposing short side 24. In order to provide an ample base for the placement of fastening means along one margin of the liner segment, the second extension 31 should be broader than the first extension 29;
The above described pattern 21 is formed into a half segment of the purse liner by making three transverse folds along the subsection-lines 26, the two outermost of such folds beingin one direction and the fold along the center line being in a reverse sense. To hold the purse liner in assembled configuration, the margins of endwall extensions 27 which have been brought into proximity by the folding operation are secured together to' form continuous end walls the juncture between the margins comprising the previously described expansible fold. Extensions 29 and 31 are folded back along the lines 24 and 24 to form hems at the exposed edges of the pattern. Securing of the hems, as well as the joining together of the margins of endwall extensions 27, may be effected by stitching, by adhesives, or in the case of certain preferred fabrics such as vinyl plastic, by thermal bonding or compression of the seams simultaneously with the application of heat. The latter technique will generally be found to be most economical where quantity production of the purse liners is carried out. Assembly of the liner is completed by affixing snap fasteners or other suitable fastening means along the hem formed by the wider extension 31.
Referring now to Figures 3, 4, and 5, the purse liner is shown fitted within successive handbags of widely varying construction. In Figure 3 the purse liner 32 is shown disposed within a large handbag 33 of the class having a single commodious interior chamber 34 for carrying articles. The liner 32 is placed within the chamber 34 with the fasteners 19 engaged such that the two half liner sections are secured together to form a single assembly. Articles which are to be stored in the handbag 33 are inserted in the various pockets 11, the pockets being expansible through the action of the folded endwalls 16. The purse insert 32 is concealed when the handbag is closed and its presence will not ordinarily be readily apparent when the handbag is opened.
In Figure 4, the identical purse liner 32 is shown transferred to a second handbag 36 of the class having an interior chamber which is divided into two narrower chambers 37 and 38 by a divider 39 disposed parallel to the front and rear walls 41 and 42 respectively of the handbag. To make maximum use of the space available within this class of handbag, the purse liner 32 is separated into two sections 32' and 32" by disengagement of the fasteners 19. Such separation is easily made in the course of transferring the liner 32 between the handbags and no disturbance of the contents of the liner need occur.
Referring now to Figure 5,. a half segment of the purse liner 32' is shown transferred to a purse 43 of narrow construction, which purse could not easily accommodate the entire liner, To facilitate use of the liner with small 4 purses of this nature, essential articles should be stored in one half section of the liner and less necessary articles should be stored in the second half. Thus when a change to a small purse is made, the half of the liner containing the essential articles may be transferred, and no transfer of the articles item by item will be required.
While the invention has been'disclosed with respect to a single preferred embodiment, it will be apparent to those skilled in the artthat numerous variations and modifications may be made within the spirit and scope of the invention and thus it is not intended to limit the invention except as defined in the following claims.
What is claimed is:
1. A method for fabricating an interchangeable segmented liner for use with a succession of varyingly constructed handbags comprising the steps of cutting a first and second generally rectangular blank from flexible fabric, forming'generally rectangular matching extensions having rounded corners along the two long edges of said blank by cutting spaced rounded indentations into said long edges thereof, folding said rectangular blank into equal subsections along, lines parallel to the ends of said blank, folding said extensions along margin lines parallel to said long edges, securing together the long edges and one pair of rounded corners of adjacent ones of said extensions wherein said adjacent extensions define bellows folds throughout their length, and affixing disengageable fastener means to one shorter edge of each said blank whereby said folded blanks may be secured together in stacked relationship.
2. A method of fabricating an interchangeable liner for use with a succession of varyingly constructed handbags comprising the steps of cutting a plurality of generally rectangular blanksfrom flexible fabric, forming generally rectangular matching extensions having rounded corners along. the two long edges of each said blank by cutting spaced rounded indentations into said long edges thereof, folding said blanks along lines parallel to the ends of said blanks to define equal subsections thereof, folding said extensions along margin lines parallel to said long edges, securing together the long edges of adjacent ones of said extensions, securing together the rounded corners adjacent alternate ones of said subsection lines, said secured rounded corners defining the lower portion of the side wall of said liner and affixing disengageable fastener means to at least one edge of each said blank whereby said folded blanks may be detachably secured together in stacked relationship.
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