The last couple of purses I’ve made have been tiny so here is a purse tutorial for a rather bigger one!
I love the whole retro, Scandi, massive flowers and geometric shapes thing that is going on at the moment. I am old enough to remember the 70s first time round (just about!) and I adore the clean, modern take on that time that could be described as the decade that taste forgot. Uncle Ber, I remember your wallpaper!
Anyway, I recently had a bag project featured in Sewing World, so I’ve made a lovely purse to match!
The instructions below include how to make the pattern, but if you don’t want to, you could buy the pattern here.
You will need: fabric for the lining and the outer, sew in interfacing, 20 cm zip, fabric scraps for applique.
I bought all the fabric from Plush Addict which at the moment is my favourite online fabric shop!
1. To make the pattern pieces, you will need to draw a 4 sided shape that looks like a triangle with the top cut off. It is apparently called an isoceles trapezoid. I would not have known that if it was not for the internet.
The shape needs 14.5cm high, 23.5 cm across the top and 28.5 cm along the bottom. This includes a 1 cm seam allowance.
The pocket piece is the same shape just with 1.5 cm cut off the top. The interfacing pocket piece will need 2.5 cm off the top.
For the tabs for the zip, cut 2 rectangles 6.5 cm x 2.5 cm.
For the flowers, make 1 rectangle 1.5 cm x 13 cm and 2 circles, one larger than the other. For the leaves, I drew a box, then I drew an ellipse diagonally in the box and made one end pointy.
If drawing is not your thing, you can download a pdf of the pattern here.
2. To cut out, you will need 2 each of the main purse shape from the outer, the lining and the interfacing.
For the pocket, cut one piece of lining and one piece of interfacing.
For the flowers, cut one of each circle from contrasting fabric, one stem and 6 leaves.
3. Pin one of the bits of interfacing to one of the outer pieces. Arrange the flower pieces and pin. Starting with the stem and using a smallish straight stitch (smaller is easier!), applique the flower pieces to the outer.
6. On top of the outer piece that now has a flower on it, put the zip face down and along the top. Place one of the lining pieces on top of the zip. You should now have a weird kind of sandwich with the zip in the middle. Pin, then sew the zip in.
9. Open the zip a little bit. This is very important! I actually forgot to do this and ended up reaching for the unpicker (again!). Sew around the edge of the outer.
If you would like more detailed instructions for making boxed corners, have a look at this tutorial here!