How To Sew In a Purse Frame
Adding bits of hardware to handmade bags and purses is a nice way of getting a professional looking finish.
Sometimes a zip or a button is fine, but if you want to use something different, there’s a nice variety of purse frames for making clasp purses.
For the little purse I’d made I chose a simple purse frame. The main reason for this was that I wanted the focus of the purse to be the embroidery, not the frame! However I was very tempted by some of the pretty purse frames I saw!
Purse frames come in different shapes and with different finishes. Some of them have fancy bobbles on the clasp bit and some of them have decoration on the frame. There’s lots to choose from.
Sewing In a Purse Frame
If you want a tutorial showing how to make a purse with a clasp frame from scratch, including drafting your own pattern, there will be one next week!
This is just going to how you how to attach the frame to a purse that you have already made.
You Will Need
Your purse, a sew in clasp purse frame, strong thread (normal sewing thread folded double will do unless you have something else you want to use), a needle.
Sewing In the Purse Frame
You will also need to find the centre of the top edge of your purse. The easiest way to do this is usually by folding it in half.
2. Now bring the needle through that hole in the centre of the purse frame, from the inside to the outside. Push the edge of the purse into the purse frame so that it is right inside. Pull the thread taut.
3. Put the needle through the next hole and through the top of the purse. Pull it out through the other side so that it comes out just underneath the frame. You might need to do this at a bit of an angle. We’re aiming for the stitching to be hidden underneath the purse frame.
6. Pull it taut, then sew upwards through the second hole away from where you have just sewn.
Keep checking that the edge of the purse is pushed right inside the purse frame.
You are basically working a backstitch to sew the frame to the purse, with the neat bit of the backstitch visible on the front and the messier side hidden underneath the other side of the frame, on the inside of the purse.
Then go back to the centre hole and sew the other half of that side to the purse in the same way.
Here are some affiliate links for purse frames.
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PS if you like the flower design on the purse I’ve made, you can download it for free here!