I saw a picture of one of these somewhere years ago. It didn't really look like something I wanted to make, but it is surprisingly easy to run up on your machine. This is my own version, much easier and much more freedom in choice of size, fabrics, and embellishment opportunities.
The beauty of this little project is the fact that you can use just about anything. I used quilting cottons, drapery fabric, and some garment fabrics as well. Velvet would be nice, so would silk. You can also make a variation of what I have done using all the same fabric, just piecing it together to match an outfit.
Cut your fabric scraps into strips about 1 1/2 inches wide and about 2 inches longer than your purse is wide. DO NOT cut them into straight strips. Put some curve into those strips, use your imagination. No drastic curves, just enough to give it a little visual interest.
This project is fun and it's because everything is off the cuff.
Ok, so you have all those crooked, slanted strips and some really loud thread. Let's have some fun.
Centre your batting on the wrong side of your backing fabric. Lay your first strip right side up on the batting in the center of the bag.
Stitch your next strip to the first one, right sides together with a narrow seam thru all layers. Be sure to try and put some curve, albeit a slight one into each strip. Continue with your strips until you have come to the end of your square. Then, turn your block around and start adding strips to the other end.
Repeat these very same steps for the other square.
Trim your edges to the size of your square.
Cut a piece of ribbon or rattail long enough for a button loop plus about one inch. Baste this in place in the center of the top edge, keeping raw edges of loop even even with raw edge of square.
Lay completed front and back right sides together and stitch around sides and bottom with narrow 1/4" seam. Be sure to catch in all your ends.
Now, cut a long 1 1/2 inch wide strip and pin to sides and bottom matching edges. Stitch in place and fold this binding over the raw edges and hand sew if the bulk is too much for your machine.
Attach another strip along top edge of purse, sewing right sides together, then turning over raw edge and stitching in place along the inside of the purse. Turn ends under.
Cut your webbing or rattail, and handstitch in place on the inside of your bag. Sew your button on securely on the front about 1" down from the top.
About The Author: This free, easy project was designed and written by Mary Wilkins, mother to 3 grown children and 4 perfect grandchildren.
Just to let you know my dd and I made a purse with these directions and we love it ! So easy and so cute.
My dd's is done in pinks and blues with a cute button looped to hold it shut. She had a great time sewing !!
Thanks for the easy to follow directions.
Lisa & Jena
PS My niece loves it, so we are making her a velvet one with purchased beads for trim. The choices are endless :-)
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