Hand made purses have become so popular the past few years. Let's face it, they are fun to match with your mood, occasion, and outfit. So why not have a purse for almost every outfit? It is very easy to accomplish even if you don't have a pattern. Follow my simple directions and you are sure to have at least half a dozen by this time next week.
Basic Supplies Needed:
Fusible interfacing or thin batting (depending on fabric weight)
Pre made or hand made handle
Beads, silk ribbon or any preferred embellishments
I will walk you through my process and you can adjust the measurements to the desired purse size you wish. My pattern makes a 9 ½” X 9” finished purse without handle.
Step #1- Gather supplies .Cut selected purse fabric, lining fabric, and interfacing to 10” x 24”
Step#2- Set lining and interfacing aside. With main purse fabric, fold bottom of fabric up 9” and crease with iron. Fold top of same piece down to measure 5” and press crease with iron. This will be the size of your purse with flap.
Step#3- Embellish flap however you wish. I used a collage method by sewing on lace, adding an image and embellishing with silk ribbon embroidery and beads.**
Step #4- After flap is embellished, iron fusible interfacing or thin batting to wrong side. Lay lining and purse fabric right sides together and stitch all four sides leaving approximately 6” for turning on flap end.
Step#5- Turn right sides out, press seams, and fold into purse size as you did in step #1. Sew both sides, attach handle and have fun!
**Note: If you are adding fringe like I did in sample purse, place it in the unstitched opening at flap, pin and hand stitch closed.