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 widthPocket 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:
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.
height: 5 X 2 + .5 = 10.5
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~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.EASY PEASY!