I always get asked what size my purses are and subsequently asked what size I cut the fabric, so I thought I'd share my sizing "tricks" as well as a requested mini-pocket tute all in one post. I hope this is okay and doesn't violate any rules since I am not actually showing a finished purse.
And also allow me to say that although I devised the following formulas on my own by trial and error, I do not claim them to be "mine". I know I can't be the only person to figure this out and maybe not even the first to post the info on here, but I personally haven't seen such a post. I will just be happy to know that I have helped at least a few fellow Craftsters out there. Lord knows, I have learned a LOT here myself. So here we go!
The following formulas turn desired purse/pocket size into fabric cutting size in a jiffy. No headaches, no seam-ripping marathons and no wasted fabric!!!
Please refer to the super-fantastic JORDY tutorial for actual purse assembly instructions if need be.
Purse Size/Fabric Size Formula
fabric height = finished height + HALF of bottom "depth" + seam allowance X 2 fabric width = finished width + WHOLE bottom "depth" + seam allowance X 2 lining = fabric height - .25 of an inch X fabric width
Pocket Size/Fabric Size Formula
The width of the pocket fabric will always be the same width as your main purse pieces. The height is personal choice, but generally the taller the purse is, the deeper the pockets should be.
pocket width = width of fabric cut for purse pocket height = double the desired height + seam allowance
Example(based on 1/2 seam allowance):
Say you want a finished purse to measure 10 inches tall, 12 inches wide, with a bottom "depth" of 4 inches. In addition, you would like 5 inch deep pockets.
For body of purse: height: 10+2+1=13 width: 12+4+1=17
So, cut your fabric 13 inches tall X 17 inches wide with a 2 inch square cut out from bottom two corners. The lining will be 12.75 inches tall X 17 inches wide also with a 2 inch square cut out from bottom two corners.
Pockets height: 5 X 2 + .5 = 10.5 width: 17
Perfect Pocket Mini-Tute
Fold pocket fabric in half, lengthwise, with right sides facing Sew along the raw edges on the long side. Turn, press and topstitch along folded edge if desired. Place pocket on one of the lining pieces. Align the bottom edge of pocket 1 inch above the squares you cut out from the bottom and pin in place. Stitch along bottom edge of pocket. To divide the pocket into 2 medium pockets and 2 pencil/pen pockets, mark and stitch straight down the center of the pocket from topstitch to bottom seam. Then mark and stitch straight down to the inside corner of both cutout squares.
I finally found a purse design that I really like! My sister saw the kitty cat one I made and begged me for one made out of that Alexander Henry tattoo print fabric. So I made it....and a few more! They are soooooo easy. They are just your basic Jordy. So anyone could make one like them.
here is hers:
and then the two others I made
Yay for productivity and a "pattern" I enjoy making!
well i gave up on that 'mock messenger' bag for now. i know it needs something but i spent 30 minutes in the craft store the other day looking for cool buttons or something and all i came home with was a flower shaped yo-yo maker thingy.....its still in its package, lol
i decided to try something new instead. im always so critical of my own work, but i think this one came out nice. it looks much less like a pillow in person
and then this one, its just a regular slouchy bag, but i am in LOVE with the kittens!!!
and now i'm out of magnetic snaps and so is walmart and hancocks...so im grumpy.
expect to see a mess of zipper pouches/wallets in the next day or so, lol.
here are some wallets I have made over the last few weeks. i think they are awesome. there's one card slot inside and a zippered coin pocket on the back. i'm still carrying the first one i made in february, lol. i know i have prolly posted this style of wallet on here before, but i got some new fabric, so I had to share them
ive been on a zipper pouch and wallet kick here lately and i just ran out of hardware so while i wait for new supplies i decided to make a purse. i devised the pattern while waiting in line to pick up my kids from school and in my mind i envisioned the fabric and everything and its done now and i am just not sure if it is as nice as i was imagining. it seems a little blah or like its missing something. (oh and my camera is being difficult or the lighting was bad or something....the print itself looks much better in person, lol)
please let me know what you think be cruel or be kind, just be honest
i used two of amy butler's midwest modern fabrics....(im having so much trouble cutting this stuff...its sooo pretty!)
here it is hanging up to show size. its 8 inches tall and 11 inches wide with a big 4 inch bottom
I just keep looking at it and thinking i should have done something different, like maybe a contrat fabric on the flap or something.....help!!!
Finally a good day!!! I have gotten a lot done. I made some zipper pouches for my nieces-in-law. We visited them over the 4th of July and uh oh, they found out that I made stuff! I promised I'd send them each something to start the school year off with. I LOVE making zipper pouches, they are fast, easy and everyone can use one for something. Plus, they don't take up much fabric, which is always a plus, so made more than one of a few of them.
First, let me link to the the wonderful lined zipper pouch tutorial that led me to create such tidy zippers. If you ever have trouble with zippers or have been afraid to try one, bookmark this link ASAP! http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=22875.0 e.r.i.k.a where ever you are, you ROCK!!!!!!
Now onto the goodies I made today:
and these that I made over the last few weeks:
And, a good day wouldn't be a good day without making at least one purse. I finally cut into this brown owl fabric that I bought 6 yards of for-EVER ago. Got to love a Jordy. Here is the Jordy tutorial link, just in case there in one person left who hasn't seen it yet. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=32204.0
Any-HOOT! here it is:
So yay, for productivity! I made 7 zipper pouches and 1 purse today and its only 4:20 pm.
okay so my honey and i are nascar fans...okay, i am a 'fan', he is a FANATIC.....anyways, we had tickets to a race here in atlanta in march. a week or so before the race he checked the track's website for last minute info. they were offering "Track Weddings".....we discussed it for a day or so and decided that with 4 kids and family all over the US, we were never going to work out having a traditional wedding. the next day we took care of the legal aspect of it at the courthouse and it was officially "on".
being a woman, i got to thinking..hey wait a minute, im giving up coming down the isle in some beautiful wedding gown....so i decided 4 days prior to the BIG day that i was going to make my own dress. but this was a NASCAR wedding. i couldnt parade around the track in some fru-fru white dress. classic and traditional get tossed out the window when you are planning a trackside wedding dress.
i found the pattern i wanted and the perfect fabric and began with 3 days remaining. i also got my nails done....to match the fabric.
the wedding coordinator called us with 2 days remaining and half a dress made and dropped the bomb. no dresses, skirts, shorts or open-toed shoes were allowed since we were going to have pit road access and the majority of events would take place on the track.
i was so upset!!!! i lost nearly half a day trying to somehow salvage my idea. my honey was sympathetic and tried to convice me that a Jeff Gordon t-shirt would go just as well with his jeans and Dale Jr. t-shirt.....i however, was not convinced.
with one day remaining, i decided on a stylish vest and tossed out more $$ on the pattern and more fabric.
well, heck! 12 hours to go and i screwed up bigtime! i never fit the sizing chart on those stupid patterns and my non-educated guess was about 2 sizes too small....
knowing i needed sleep or at least some rest, i made one final trip to the store at 1am to buy supplies to throw together my very last hope of making and wearing my own anything.
and the next day I was married to my honey on the start/finish line in front of the whole crowd wearing:
Tada! A corset-y, vest-y kinda thing.....with my doc martens, of course..
i looked happy here, but it was about 38 degrees and windy!
truly happy here.....hugging my new hubby and getting WARM!
anyways, i realize i prolly rambled on way too long and over dramatized, but you only get one wedding right? okay maybe two.....