Basic Purse Redux

No Pattern Required

No Pattern Required

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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.

Directions

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 1 - Cut or mark each 16" x 29" piece at 14.4". This will be the bottom center of the bag.  On each of these pieces also mark 1.50" to the right of center.  

step 1 - Cut or mark each 16" x 29" piece at 14.4". This will be the bottom center of the bag.  On each of these pieces also mark 1.50" to the right of center.  

 
step 2 - Using a zipper foot, baste a 16" piece of decorative piping to the edge of the front pocket piece with right sides together.

step 2 - Using a zipper foot, baste a 16" piece of decorative piping to the edge of the front pocket piece with right sides together.

step 3 - Align the edge of the pocket lining to the edge of the piping with vinyl and right side of lining facing each other.  Sew as close to the piping as possible.

step 3 - Align the edge of the pocket lining to the edge of the piping with vinyl and right side of lining facing each other.  Sew as close to the piping as possible.

step 4 - Turn the wrong sides together and top stitch .25" for the piping.

step 4 - Turn the wrong sides together and top stitch .25" for the piping.

step 5 - Use painters tape to mark the vertical center of the 16" vinyl as well as the horizontal line at the 1.50” mark.

step 5 - Use painters tape to mark the vertical center of the 16" vinyl as well as the horizontal line at the 1.50” mark.

step 6 - If you want additional pockets inside the large outer front pocket sew them to the lining now.  I added a 4" x 5.5" pocket to keep my iPhone handy outside the bag.  Scroll to “What’s In The Bag?” below to see what else I added.

step 6 - If you want additional pockets inside the large outer front pocket sew them to the lining now.  I added a 4" x 5.5" pocket to keep my iPhone handy outside the bag.  Scroll to “What’s In The Bag?” below to see what else I added.

step 7 - Remove thread from the sewing machine needle and stitch down the vertical pocket center through the vinyl and lining.

step 7 - Remove thread from the sewing machine needle and stitch down the vertical pocket center through the vinyl and lining.

step 8 - Pin .25" folds facing the center of pocket at the bottom edge.

step 8 - Pin .25" folds facing the center of pocket at the bottom edge.

step 9 - Align the bottom pocket edge to the 1.50" line with the right sides together and sew in place.  Remove the tape.

step 9 - Align the bottom pocket edge to the 1.50" line with the right sides together and sew in place.  Remove the tape.

step 10 - Using the needle holes as your guide, sew the pocket to the bag center front as far down as possible with the pocket lining against the right side of the vinyl.

step 10 - Using the needle holes as your guide, sew the pocket to the bag center front as far down as possible with the pocket lining against the right side of the vinyl.

step 11 - Add two more rows of stitching to the left and right of center .25" away.

step 11 - Add two more rows of stitching to the left and right of center .25" away.

step 12 - With the right sides of the vinyl touching, pin the bag sides together.

step 12 - With the right sides of the vinyl touching, pin the bag sides together.

step 13 - Spread out the bottom corners to form a point with 1.50" on each side of the seam line. Use a marker to define the line which should be 3" long.  Sew across the line, and again to reinforce it.

step 13 - Spread out the bottom corners to form a point with 1.50" on each side of the seam line. Use a marker to define the line which should be 3" long.  Sew across the line, and again to reinforce it.

step 14 - Using a zipper foot, sew a 16" piece of piping to one edge of the luggage band with right sides together. Stitch the lining right side down over the piping. Sew the other side of the band and lining together using stay tape. Turn the wrong sides together and topstitch .25 from the edges.

step 14 - Using a zipper foot, sew a 16" piece of piping to one edge of the luggage band with right sides together. Stitch the lining right side down over the piping. Sew the other side of the band and lining together using stay tape. Turn the wrong sides together and topstitch .25 from the edges.

step 15 - Pin the band to the bag back 3.25 from the top edge. Place tape 4” in from the sides. Stitch the top and bottom edges of the band up to the tape on each side leaving an 8" opening in the center.

step 15 - Pin the band to the bag back 3.25 from the top edge. Place tape 4” in from the sides. Stitch the top and bottom edges of the band up to the tape on each side leaving an 8" opening in the center.

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 17 - Fold each strap in half vertically with wrong sides together. Topstitch .25" from each long edge.

step 17 - Fold each strap in half vertically with wrong sides together. Topstitch .25" from each long edge.

step 18 - Tape each strap to a cutting mat to align it and get an accurate trim of both side edges.

step 18 - Tape each strap to a cutting mat to align it and get an accurate trim of both side edges.

 

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 20 - Place a safety pin on one end of the strap cord and thread it through the strap. It should be 1.5" shorter than the vinyl strap on each end ( a total of 3” shorter than the total length of the strap).

step 20 - Place a safety pin on one end of the strap cord and thread it through the strap. It should be 1.5" shorter than the vinyl strap on each end ( a total of 3” shorter than the total length of the strap).

step 21 - Fold a tab in half and place the metal hardware in the fold. Pin two tabs on the front of the bag and two on the back, each tab 3.75" from the bag's side seams. Insert the lining/fleece section into the vinyl and sew around the top edge.

step 21 - Fold a tab in half and place the metal hardware in the fold. Pin two tabs on the front of the bag and two on the back, each tab 3.75" from the bag's side seams. Insert the lining/fleece section into the vinyl and sew around the top edge.

step 22 - With right sides together fold the covers in half and sew .25" from the raw edge. Open the seam allowance flat and turn the ends in toward each other.

step 22 - With right sides together fold the covers in half and sew .25" from the raw edge. Open the seam allowance flat and turn the ends in toward each other.

step 23 - Hand stitch the edges together and turn them right side out.

step 23 - Hand stitch the edges together and turn them right side out.

step 24 - Slip two covers over each strap end. Move them to the middle of the strap so they are out of the way.

step 24 - Slip two covers over each strap end. Move them to the middle of the strap so they are out of the way.

step 25 - Pull the strap through the metal hardware and fold it at 1.50". Sew across the strap end two or three times to secure it. Slide the strap covers down to hide the strap stitching. 

step 25 - Pull the strap through the metal hardware and fold it at 1.50". Sew across the strap end two or three times to secure it. Slide the strap covers down to hide the strap stitching. 

step 26 - Add metal stud triangles to the outer layer of the covers.

step 26 - Add metal stud triangles to the outer layer of the covers.

step 27 - Sew the short side edges of the band trim together. Also sew the side edges of both vinyl bands and the fleece bands. Fold the trim in half and sew the raw edge to the edge of a vinyl band. Trim the seam.

step 27 - Sew the short side edges of the band trim together. Also sew the side edges of both vinyl bands and the fleece bands. Fold the trim in half and sew the raw edge to the edge of a vinyl band. Trim the seam.

step 28 - Pin the fleece to the vinyl band. Use a zipper foot to sew the piping to the vinyl and fleece. Over lap and curve the piping where the ends meet to eliminate raw edges showing at the top of the bag. With right sides together, sew the second vinyl band to the piping.

step 28 - Pin the fleece to the vinyl band. Use a zipper foot to sew the piping to the vinyl and fleece. Over lap and curve the piping where the ends meet to eliminate raw edges showing at the top of the bag. With right sides together, sew the second vinyl band to the piping.

step 29 - Topstitch the the top band pieces with wrong sides together and the fleece sandwiched between them.

step 29 - Topstitch the the top band pieces with wrong sides together and the fleece sandwiched between them.

step 30 - With the four tabs in place, sew the raw edges of one band and fleece around the top of the bag.

step 30 - With the four tabs in place, sew the raw edges of one band and fleece around the top of the bag.

step 31 - Mark the vertical center of the band on the front and back of the bag.

step 32 - Insert the prongs of the magnetic clasp through the inner band only. Place a small square cardboard piece over the prongs for stability. Fold the prongs in over each other.

step 32 - Insert the prongs of the magnetic clasp through the inner band only. Place a small square cardboard piece over the prongs for stability. Fold the prongs in over each other.

step 34 - Hand stitch the band trim to the  lining of the bag.

step 34 - Hand stitch the band trim to the  lining 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.

 

step 35 - Add the large decorative metal centerpiece to the bag pockets secured by two triangle studs on each side with the flat ends against each other.

step 35 - Add the large decorative metal centerpiece to the bag pockets secured by two triangle studs on each side with the flat ends against each other.

 
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.


Supplies

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
  • velcro
  • ribbon
  • topstitch thread
  • rectangular strap hardware
  • magnetic clasps
  • round metal studs
  • triangular metal studs (also at Amazon)
  • Metal centerpiece
  • sewing notions
  • painters tape

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