Basic Purse Redux
When I first published my Basic Purse Tutorial, I don’t think I fully realized how it could be used to construct quite so many different bags. This tan vinyl one uses the basic purse pieces but becomes so much more with a one piece front pocket, the addition of piping, anda few antique brass metal embellishments. A band at the top extends the bag to 13.5” tall. As usual, I added personalized pockets. You’ll find that information at the bottom of the page.
Cut these pieces:
•Purse front and back - 16" x 29 " cut one each from vinyl, fleece, fusible interfacing, and lining fabric
•Front pocket - 18" x 8.25" cut one from vinyl and lining
•Top band - 16" x 2 5/8" cut two from vinyl and one from fleece
•Band trim - 32” x 3.25 cut one from lining
•Straps - 21" x 3.5 cut two from vinyl
•Strap cord - 19.5" cut two from woven 1" cording
•Strap covers - 4" x 4" cut four from vinyl
•Hardware Tabs - 4" x 4" cut four from vinyl
•Decorative piping - one 32" piece, two 16" pieces
•Luggage band - 16" x 3.25 Cut one vinyl, one lining, one fusible interfacing
Fuse all interfaced pieces. If you add your own pockets, be sure to interface them.
Step 16 - Sew open or zippered pockets to the lining as desired. My Basic Purse Organizer tutorial may give you more ideas. Sew the lining sides together just as you did the vinyl. Repeat with the fleece. Place the lining inside the fleece and baste them together at the top edge.
step 19 - Place a yardstick close to the left stitching and slice off the excess using a roller blade. Do the same with the right. If the cut is not clean, the vinyl may have a tendency to fray slightly at the side edges over time. As a preventative measure, you can dab glue on your finger then run it along the raw edges.
Create 4 hardware tabs in the same way. They should each measure 4" long.
step 31 - Mark the vertical center of the band on the front and back of the bag.
step 33- Add decorative studs to the outside band only. Also add half ball studs to the tabs piercing through both tab pieces and then through the outer band.
What's In The Bag?
I love having lots of places to stash items in a purse. But more than that, I like to design the pockets specifically for the item so it’s easy to find inside. Here’s what I added to my bag.
An oversized lobster clasp connected to a ribbon that’s sewed into the bag, clips easily to my car key.
A large dual purpose pocket to hold an iPad. Velcro is sewed down the vertical center of the pocket to create two handy separate pockets for days when I'm not carrying my iPad.
At Fabric Shop
- 1 yard vinyl
- 1 yard fleece
- 1 yard lining
- fusible interfacing
- 2 yards piping (home decor)
- stay tape
- 1” cording for straps - 42” long
- topstitch thread
- rectangular strap hardware
- magnetic clasps
- round metal studs
- triangular metal studs (also at Amazon)
- Metal centerpiece
- sewing notions
- painters tape