I posted this in the generals clothing section without realizing there was a section just for purses, bags, etc... So here's the Tut for the one that's over there.
First, here's a pic of the finished project...
It's for my neice and I got it mailed off today... I hope she likes it... She's 8
I started by deciding the basic size that I want the purse to be. I don't care about exact sizes or shapes. If I want to make something and I want a basic look if I get close I'm happy, so in this tut you are not going to find any exactness regarding measurements and shapes.
I cut out the front and back first. My pics are kinda mixed so I'll have to explain. And I just realized that I didn't take a pic of the front and back pieces before I sewed them together.
The pic below is of the back panel. I cut the back and front panels about 10 or 11 x14".
The Pic below is of the front. I also cut two pieces of cotton batting the same size. One for the front and one for the back. I simply sewed all 4 pieces together, right sides of the fabric together with the batting on the outside of each piece. You can use anything you want as batting. I have used old quilt pieces, old blanket pieces, even towels. In fact I like the old blanket best because they have been washed so many times, have a denseness to them and that adds quality and weight to a piece. This piece came out kind of light and I'm not crazy about that. Sew all 4 pieces together along both long sides and the bottom. I use about a 1/2" seam most of the time. That gives me more room for error. If I sew a seam crooked or have to trim a little here and there then that helps make up for it.
After you sew those seams trim the corners across.... in other words so that the piece you trim off will be in the shape of a triangle. This will help the corner lay flat when you turn it inside out. Don't cut your stitching of course. Trim within about 1/8" of the corner stitching.
Now to make the bottom look like this here's what you do.
You can either lay the seams over to one side or you can open them up to lay flat on either side of your stitching. I opened mine up cause I think it's better and makes everything more uniform. Grab the side seam and the bottom seam at the corner and press them together. Stitch straight across about 1 1/2" up from the corner. Now you can fold that flap toward the bottom and stitch it flat or you can leave it cause there's a lining. I think stitching it flat is better though. I'm sorry I don't have a pic of that procedure.
Here's a close up of the corner after it's sewn flat..
Here's the beginning of the flap. The left is the pink leopard backing, the right is the ribbin trim (remember the leopard backing is just a little bigger all around) and the leopard strip for the edging. I made the ribbon trim by sewing pieces of ribbon together at the edges. Lay them side by side and then use a seam overcast stitch that my machine has. You can use a zig zag stitch just as well. hold them taught front and back without pulling either way as you sew and that should do the trick keeping them flat. You can plan it or not. I planned it by laying out pieces of ribbon side by side and just adding more. I sewed them together if they looked good. After that I cut the the bottom edge in a V shape and followed the instructions below.
This is a pic of the back of the flap after I sewed the ribbon front to the it. All I did to edge it was to cut the pink leopard fabric bigger by about a half inch or so, fold the edge of it over all around about half of that and press then pin them together. There should be about 1/4" or so left. It doesn't matter what the measurement is as long as it is enough to cover the edge of the front when you fold it over it and make sure the flap is going to be the size you want it to be to cover the front of the purse. Now stitch it down and you're done with it. Just sew it onto the front when the time comes but not yet. As for the brown leopard trim, it's just a piece of fabric about 1" or so wide. It had a nice freyed edge so I pressed the other edge down about 1/4", centered it and sewed it on. finish the ends however you want. Add buttons, pins, patches, beads wherever you want to hide raw edges and ends. Just try to use your imagination. There are no rules. Remember that and stuff will just start to evolve.
Below is a pic of the front of the flap finished except for the ends of the brown leopard... I was going to fold them once then fold them again and lay them against the back, stitch them down then add a button or something but I couldn't find anything I liked in my stash. so I cut them shorter and made a small hem on the back. You'll be sewing this on after you finish the lining. That's coming up next...
It's late and I have to get up early so I'm going to finish and make any corrections needed tomorrow... I will also take some generic pics to fill in some of the places that I have instructions but no pics...
Remember there are no rules. Remember that and you'll create something great!