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Topic: question about sewing purses -- lining and interfacing, etc  (Read 819 times)
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« on: January 01, 2007 03:33:08 PM »

Hey! I'm attempting to make my first ever purse tonight, and I had a few questions. I hope it's alright to ask them, seeing as how the information is in basically all tutorials. I just am not exactly sure about how to go about this so I wanted to make sure and get some clarification before I start. Smiley

I'm making a small messanger type purse.. think kavu style. It's going to be a little smaller than a sheet of notebook paper. I had a question about the lining and interfacing, though. I've read in the tutorials (even though i'm not using them.. I can't find any for the type I want) that you iron the interfacing onto your outside fabric that you want to use, correct? and then you just cut your lining fabric to the same size as the pieces of fabric that you did for the outside and sew them together like you did the outside fabric and then just sew the lining into the outside fabric at the top only?

Yikes! I hope this made sense. I was also wondering about the handle. I'm using a long piece of ribbon for that.. but i'm not going to have any "sides", i'm just sewing the front piece to the back. Should I add sides? I was thinking I may should but my mom said that it may not work/look right for the way i'm trying to get it. I don't carry a lot of things.. but it's just enough to need a little purse and I'd like something to put my cell phone/money/other little things in for like when I go to the local concerts so i'll have my hands free. I was thinking of just sewing the ribbon onto like one of the pieces, probably the front side of the purse, or maybe one end on the front and one end on the back?

I'm really nervous about how this is going to turn out, haha. I was going to originally use a pursezipper [i don't even know why i put "purse" there! ha!].. but i'm just starting out and thought i'd go with snap closures to be on the safe side for now Smiley

This is so long! I apoligize, and if you're still reading this far, thank you so much!
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« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2007 05:10:35 PM »

You don't necessarily need sides - particulalry messenger bags. I guess in totes sides are kind of necessary because the bag needs to stand up straight. With messengers (like the one you are making) its going to be slung around your body for the most part. I don't think sides are necessary.

As for handles, just sew them onto the outside of the purse. If this is your first bag its much easier to attach the handles after you have constructed the body of the bag.
Hope this helps!

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