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Making A Fabric Purse

January 10, 2008

handbagThis is a handbag I made from a tutorial I found online called Tiny Happy. It an easy to make project. I modified it somewhat as the body was a bit too wide so I cut off an inch on each side. This one was made from an old comforter I had that I wasn't using. It's sort of an Indian print material. I cut it out then added some extra quilting seams to make it more sturdy.

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I found the trim in my stash of embellishments and added it to the front and back. The embellishment came from an old shirt I bought at the thrift store but didn't like the shirt so I cut off the trim. The lining is a burgundy color that matches the colors in the bag. I added a pocket on the inside of the bag also.

I hope you enjoy making this bag as much as I did. I plan to make many more. It was sew-easy!

Happy Crafting!

By Marian from Danville, VA

Editor's Note: Here is the link to the tiny happy tutorial:

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November 7, 2007

Ways to make fabric stronger for handmade purses. Post your own tips here.

Different Lining Ideas

The purse could be lined with fabric, or craft foam, or iron on interfacing could be ironed on to the fabric pieces before you sew them together. If the purse has a flat bottom, a piece of cardboard could be cut to fit, and fabric glued around it.

By Jean

Use Interfacing

There are different types of interfacing on the market, ones that stick ones that you sew. I would talk to someone in the fabric store and they should have a good idea what would work for your specific needs.
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By Michawn

Try A Purse Form

If you intend to wash your purse after you've completed it, try a purse form, like "magic purse form", or make one out of plastic canvas, so it will be removeable. Some interfacings will gum up your sewing machine. Bacrum (sp) is a lining that is used for heavy duty draperies, and that would work also. Best to ask questions in your local fabric store.

By lisa

Use A Thick Fabric That Can Hold Up To Heavy Usage

Be aware that if the fabric isn's sturdy, no matter what you line it with, it will not hold up to wear-and-tear on the outside, especially if the purse will be used a lot. If it's an evening purse that won't get much use, a thinner (lined) fabric will work great. I only bring this up because after going through all that work, it's discouraging when something simply doesn't work or falls apart.
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By susan

Quilting for Strength

You could try quilting your fabric.

By Deborah Jones

Use Upholstery Fabric or Other ideas

Upholstery fabric. However, most fabric purses I have seen are quilted or made from wool sweaters.

By pam froelich

Line With Fuseable Interfacing

I use a fuseable interfacing on both the lining and the outer fabric. This lets you use almost any fabric, but the bigger the bag, the heavier the interface and filling you'll need to get it to stand alone.

By Kathleen

Expert Advice

I make and sell purses and tote bags. If your fabric is washable, do wash it then dry it without fabric softener. This will make any fusible interlining hold better. If your fabric is very light, I would recommend fusing another plain fabric to the wrong side to give it some stability, and using a sew-in interfacing that has good body (To fuse the two pieces of fabrics together use fusible web.
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If you don't know what it is, ask at the fabric store. There are instructions that come with the fusible web). I use plastic canvas for the bottoms of my bags. I make a separate "sleeve" of the lining fabric to put it in, then just set it in the bottom of the purse. I hope this has been of some help to you. Fusible interfacings are good to use as well. I hope this has been of some help to you.

By Judy

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November 14, 2010

How do I make a ragbag purse?

By Vicki from Gastonia, NC

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July 7, 2009

I would like to make a purse using material. The purse will have various sections and will be lined. I would like something that is flexible, but not too much so it collapses. Can you recommend a good material for such a project? Many thanks.

By Jacqueline from England

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February 9, 2011

My boyfriend is a guitar player in a band, and he has 4 guitars, in different shapes. I used the guitars for a pattern for my purses.

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I enjoy making purses and bags out of any color and pattern of material. My favorite material to use is the zebra print.

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May 3, 2010

What little girl wouldn't love another purse, we girls just can't have enough purses. This one is so easy to make. Just cut two shapes and join them with a short zipper. Sew the raw edges together, with the right sides together and slip some bright beads on wire for a handle.

Finished purse.

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How much fabric does it take to make a rag bag purse?

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