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The finished purse measures approximately 7” x 7” so you could make it with as little as a foot of fabric since the fabric width is 50”.  The ruffle fabric and the satin lining sandwich a structure of fleece.  I like fleece for this project because it gives the purse body without making it stiff and inflexible.  You’ll find ruffled knit fabric at your local fabric shop or online at Fabric.com

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Optional label inside - Attach it by sewing or by gluing it with fabric glue.

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  1. 1.Download and print the purse pattern.  Use it to cut out two ruffled pieces, two fleece pieces, and two satin lining pieces.  Taping the ruffles down will prevent them from shifting while you cut.  The bottom edge of a ruffle row should align with the bottom edge of the pattern. 

  2. 2.Turn the ruffle fabric right sides together and sew the side seams from the bottom to the side opening notches.  Allow a scant 1/4” seam.

  3. 3.Sew the bottom seam by moving aside the ruffles and joining the front and back with as small a seam as possible.

  4. 4.Sew the fleece side seams together only to the side opening notch.  Sew the bottom seam with 1/4” allowance, then turn the fleece right side out with the raw edges inside.

  5. 5.Sew the center 5” of the lining bottom seam with a basting stitch.  Press the seam open.  With a normal stitch, sew the bottom seam 1” in from both corners.  Sew the side seams with 1/4” allowance from the bottom to the side opening notches.  Remove the bottom basting stitch and set the lining aside.  If you will be attaching a personal label to the lining, this is a good time to do it.

  6. 6.Slip the fleece purse into the ruffled purse.

  7. 7.Pin the two layers together at the top opening and all the way down to the side opening notches.

  8. 8.Slip the joined pieces into the lining with right sides together. 

  9. 9.Pin openings of all 3 layers together down to the side opening notches.  Sew the pinned pieces with a 1/4” seam.

  10. 10.Pull the purse out the bottom lining opening.

  11. 11.Turn the purse right side out.  Slip stitch or machine sew the opening in the lining bottom.  Tuck the lining inside the purse.  Top stitch around the top and sides of the purse opening 1/8” from the edge.

  12. 12.Squeeze Dazzle-Tac jewelry adhesive into one half of the purse frame.  The nozzle is just the right size to draw a bead of adhesive smoothly inside the metal frame.

  13. 13.Attach the purse to the frame.  Starting with the top center of the purse and working out to the sides, push the fabric edges into the frame’s groove.  Use a tool like a plastic pick to push the edges into the corners.  Let the adhesive set 24 hours.  Attach the opposite side of the purse to the frame.

  14. 14.Tie 1/4” wide ribbon in matching bows to the loops in the purse frame.  Use Fabri-Tac on the knots of the bows to keep them from slipping out.  A bead of glue on the ends of the ribbons will keep them from fraying.

  15. 15.Use flat nose pliers to open chain links to create a 20” length.  Open one link on each end of the chain length and attach them to the purse frame.

  16. 16.Add an optional hanging charm to the chain.

Purse Frame

Tip:  If you accidentally get adhesive on the metal frame, Turpenoid will cleanly remove it.  Apply it with a Q-tip to control the application.

What You’ll Need/Where To Get It

  1. sewing notions

  2. satin lining

  3. fleece

  4. painters tape

  5. 20” gunmetal chain

  6. 1/4” wide cream ribbon

  7. Flat nose pliers

Above supplies purchased at JoAnn’s

cream, ruffled, knit fabric  - Fabric.com

gunmetal purse frame - Idreamcraft

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I’ve finally used every last scrap of my original purchase of ruffled fabric to complete two of these sweet ruffled purses for two sweet little sisters.  After making a Faux Wrap Ruffled Top , a Ruffled Yoke Blouse, and a Ruffled Christmas Angel, there’s not an inch of fabric left. 

It’s hard to chose a favorite from my ruffled projects but this one is right at the top of the list. 

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