Faux Suede And Snakeskin Purse
I made major design changes to the Simplicity pattern 2617 pictured here. In order to make this purse and follow the steps below you will need to buy the pattern as three of the pieces are used in my directions. Watch for JoAnn’s newspaper coupons and get the pattern at a discount or download the JoAnn’s app to get coupons on your smart phone.
I chose Silver and black, fake suede and snakeskin leather fabric and brought it together with chunky faux metal chain and lots of silver thread topstitching. The snakeskin look fabric is used to face the top of the bag so you get a peek of it inside. The purse offers major functionality with seven pockets; four open and three zippered. Although most of the bag is soft, I built in simple structure at the bottom which keeps it from collapsing or falling over. Like a well behaved puppy, it sits and stays and looks great in the process!
step 6 - Using pattern pieces “A” through “F”, cut the followng:
Piece “A” - cut one black, two fleece, two interfacing, and two lining.
Piece “B” - cut one black, one snakeskin, and interfacing for each. The snakeskin piece should be 6” deep instead of 5”.
Piece “C” - cut two black, and two interfacing.
Piece “D” - cut one black, one lining and one interfacing.
Piece “E” - cut one black, two lining, and one interfacing. Cut one of the lining pieces 1.5” longer than the other.
Piece “F” - cut two snakeskin and two interfacings. Extend them 1.75” beyond the left and right edges.
step 7 - No pattern is needed to cut the following fabric pieces:
Zipper covers - 2” X 1.5” - two black, two interfacing.
Purse snap flap - 10” X 2.75” - one snakeskin and one interfacing.
Shoulder Strap - 16.5 X 4.25 - one black, one interfacing.
Strap padding - 15” X 1.5” - one fleece
Loops - 7” X 2.5” - two black, two snakeskin, and interfacing for each.
Strap end covers - 3.5” X 2.5” - two black and two interfacing.
Plastic mesh support for bottom and sides - cut one 1.5” X 22”
step 8 - Use the Simplicity pattern pieces to cut:
#11 Pocket - two lining
#5 Side And Bottom - one black, one lining, one fleece, one interfacing, all cut on the fold.
Step 22 - Pin the fleece padding into the outer purse shell. When it’s in place, you should see the plastic mesh and fleece seams when you look into the bag.
step 23 - Pin the loops to the sides of the purse with the black side up. Pin the purse snap flap at the top center back.
step 27 - Sew the open bottom lining closed and stuff the lining into the purse. Topstitch the entire top edge of the purse with black thread.
step 28 - Fold the shoulder strap in half with right sides together. Pin the fleece over it and sew down the long edge. Trim the seam and turn the strap right side out. Use silver thread to topstitch along the center and close to both edges of the entire strap.
My total strap length from the top edges of the purse measure 22.5”. When cutting your strap, determine if you would like a longer strap by adding more fabric or more chain links.
step 31 - Interface a piece of the black fabric measuring 3” X 10”. Fold the fabric in half with the right sides together. Sew along the length 1/4” from the raw edges. Turn right side out. Cut the piece in half to measure 5”.
step 35 - Sew the fabric to the strap through all thicknesses. Trim excess. Slide the strap cover over the stitching and turn under the raw edges.
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT THE CHAIN
The chunky silver plastic chain is sold by the yard in the trim section of JoAnns. The links have a slight split on one side. To separate the links from each other, line up two splits and twist. The links will come apart easily.
Unfortunately, after wearing my purse I discovered that the chain links occasionally come apart with movement. Not good! I needed to make a change to the original bag but I really liked the chain and didn’t want to replace it with something else. I finally came up with an easy solution - run a strap through the links. See step 32 - 35.
At Fabric Shop
- 1 yard lining
- 1 yard fleece
- black thread and sewing notions
- stay tape
- 1 heavy 7” zipper (outside purse)
- 2 light 7” zippers (inside pockets)
- 1 sheet plastic mesh
- silver link chain
- Blue Moon silver leaf charm (zipper pull)
- Simplicity Pattern 2617
- 1 yard Black faux suede
- 3/4 yard snakeskin fabric
- silver metallic thread
- magnetic snap
- silver dome stud