So - I'm going out this weekend coming, and wanted a new bag to take with me - I found this ace tute, which I'm going to start work on shortly - http://www.made-by-rae.com/2009/02/free-buttercup-bag-sewing-pattern.html
- I was really impressed because it only uses a Fat Quarter of fabric, I'm always falling in love with random FQ's on ebay, and then not having a clue what to do with them, so I finally got round to cutting this out last night. I had only a very small bit of fabric left over, but my creative cogs started turning, and I figured I could make a matching purse to go with the bag - and thus started the following project and tute ..
(nb: I know you Americans say Purse meaning bag - for us Brits a purse is something you keep your money in, although technically this is more the style of a wallet (men's purse) but I call it a purse, because that's what it feels like it is!!)
The purse of love ...
You will need.....
Fabric & Thread
Contrasting Fabric for inside - or actually could be the same if you prefer
Iron on Interfacing
Fasteners of your choice
Decorative button (optional)Step One
Cut out a bunch of rectangles...
A) 1 x 10.5" by 4.5" in each of main fabric, contrasting fabric and Interfacing
B) 1 x 9.5" by 3" in each of main fabric and Interfacing
C) 1 x 5" by 2.5" in each of contrasting fabric and Interfacing
D) 1 x 2.5" by 5.5" in each of main fabric and Interfacing (I had to modify mine to be a weird triangle shape, because I just didn't have enough fabric to make a rectangle)
E) 1 x 6" by 4" in contrasting fabric for closing thingyStep Two
Iron on the interfacing and give the rest of the fabric an iron whilst you're at it
on the biggest rectangle, iron to contrasting fabric ONLY (closing thingy and main purse outer do not require interfacing)Step Three
Start with Rectangle B - fold down a Hem all the way round and sew two rows of stitching along one of the long sides and one row of stitching along the other 3 sides. Then do the same for Rectangle CStep Four
Sew Rectangle C on top of Rectangle B in the bottom right hand corner - using 1 row of stitching along one long side and two short sides, leaving a pocket opening at the top - you should now have two rows of stitching on each sideStep Five
Sew Rectangle B onto the contrasting fabric with interfacing of Rectangle A - again sew along the 2 short sides and one long side so you have a pocket opening at the top - sew it towards the bottom of the rectangle. You might find it easier to pin it on first, I didn't and wished I had as mine is a little bit wonky.Step Six
Hem all around Rectangle D (or Triangle D in my case - would have been SO much easier if I had enough for a rectangle)Step Seven
Then sew Rectangle D just about the left hand side pocket flap thingy on Rectangle A - this is going to be the flap to hold your coins in, so make sure you sew it high enough that it doesn't catch the opening shut, but low enough so your coins can't fall outStep Eight
Sew along the middle of Rectangle B - so you divide the section for the coins from the section for the notes.
(I had a cup of tea at this point - but that step is optional)Step Nine
Take Rectangle E - and fold both long sides in so they meet in the middle, and then fold in half again, sandwiching the edges right in the middle, then sew all the way around all four sides. (Again - would be a lot easier if you pinned this first)Step Ten
Pin Rectangle A on top of Rectangle B - right sides together, and slip your closing thingy (Rectangle E) into the middle of the shorter side where the cards/notes section is, following the direction of the pointy finger, then sew around the 2 long sides and the 1 short side that has the closing thingy inserted into itStep Eleven
Trim of excess fabric and cut corners on the diagonal - and then carefully flip the whole thing inside out, use a pencil to poke the corners outStep Twelve
Tuck the raw edges inside and overstitch your final side togetherStep Thirteen
Sew on fasteners of your choice (I used press studs) for the closing strap thingy, and also for the coin section insideStep Fourteen
Add a decorative button (I chose to do this, because the bag I'm making has 2 buttons on it, and these buttons came in packs of 3, so it seemed like the perfect finishing touch, but it still looks very nice without)
And there you have it!!! When you open it up, you should have a section for Cards, and section for notes/concert tickets/condoms and a little coin part. I filled mine up, and jangled it about a bit and the coins did not come flying out, so I'm taking that as a good sign.
THANK YOU for bearing through this - I hope I haven't been too waffly. I'm very proud of this, as it's my first purse and my first tute - just need to get the bag finished now to go with it, but I think it's time for another cup of tea first.