Silk Ribbon Purse

Diane Ricks 2006

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8" X 14" dark cotton flannel (Black, deep grey, brown, etc.)
6 feet of 2 1/2" Hanah Hand-dyed Silk Ribbon
36" of 1/4" Hanah Hand dyed Silk Cord
12" nylon boning (cut in half and flattened by ironing)
Trims (optional)

1. Measure and mark lines from the bottom of the flannel at 2", 1 3/4", 1 3/4", 1 3/4"; this should bring you close to the top of the flannel.

2. Lay the first row of ribbon along the 2" line and stitch 1/4" from the top edge.

3. Overlap the next row of ribbon and align with the 1 3/4" line. Stitch 1/4" from edge.

4. Continue to overlap and stitch rows of ribbon to the top.

5. For the last row of ribbon, turn the flannel over and place the right side of the ribbon against the wrong side of the flannel. Match the edges. Stitch 1/4" seam.

6. Turn the ribbon to the right side encasing the 1/4" seam allowance; it should overlap the previous row of ribbon. Stitch 5/8" from the fold. This will create the casing for the boning.

7. Fold the body of the purse in half and mark the center. Stitch one end of the satin cord to this area with the long end going up. Zig Zag to secure.

8. Insert two boning pieces into the casing at the top, one on each side of the cord.

9. Match the side seam and bottom edges and sew a 1/2" seam along the side and across the bottom. Trim the bottom and corners.

10. Sandwich the other end of the cord strap in the seam allowance of the side seam and zig-zag stitch in place. Trim the side seam and zig-zag to finish. Turn and embellish as desired.  


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