Last week I showed a picture of a purse I made for a little girl to match the dress I made. I’m calling it the “Twila-Kate Purse” after the little girl it was made for.
I took lots of notes while I was making the purse so I could share a tutorial, but as per the course, I have no idea where those notes are so we’ll see how good my memory is. It’s very easy so I should be okay.
First a picture of the fabrics. I cut out:
4 – 8″ x 8″ pieces of the main fabric – 2 are the main purse and 2 are the lining. You could do one kind of fabric for the outside and another for the lining. I chose to have outside and lining from the same fabric.
2 – 2″ x 3″ pieces of a second colour for the buttonhole tab
2 – 3″ x ? pieces of a third colour for the strap. The length is left up to you
2 – 6″ x 3″ pieces of the third colour for the band around the top.
You will also need one button and matching thread.
Find a bowl or small plate and trace it to make rounded corners. I stacked up all four pieces of fabric and cut them all at once so they would match.
With right sides together sew the outside pieces together and the lining pieces together. Notch the curves.
Make your buttonhole tab. Sew the pieces for the buttonhole tab together with right sides facing. Leave one short side open. You can make a curve on the other short side or leave it straight. Turn the tab right side out and topstitch it. It would probably be smart to put the buttonhole in now, but I forgot and did it at the end. Also, my topstitching went a little wonky on one curve.
Get the strap ready now. Sew the two pieces together right sides facing. Turn the strap right side out (my least favourite part), press it and topstitch.
For the top band with right sides facing sew them together on each short end so that you make a circle. Fold this circle in half and press.
Now that the “extras” are completed we can get back to the purse.
Turn your outer piece right side out but leave your lining wrong side out. Put the two pieces together so that the wrong sides are touching. Baste them together and then do a gather stitch around the tope edge. Before gathering mark the middle of the front and back with pins.
Mark the middle point between the seams on the top band.
Take your buttonhole tab and centre over your back centre pin. Pin it in place. Pin the strap at the side seams in the same way.
With raw edges even pin the top band to the top of the purse. Match the side seams and your marked middle points. Your top band will be smaller than the purse so gently pull on your gathering threads until the purse matches the top band in size and pin it.
Sew around the top. Fold the top band in half and hand sew in place to the inside of the purse. (Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of this.) Add the button to the front of the purse, and Voila! you’re finished.
Let me know if you try this. I’d love to see a picture too.