Mini Me White Purse
I recently found a wonderful purse with chunky silver strap hardware, black trim and gold topstitching. The bag (pictured above right) is a great size for travel but I wished it was smaller, something I might use daily. I bought it anyway because it occurred to me that I could use that fabulous clip on strap and make a similar purse in a smaller size. That was the inspiration for my Mini Me (pictured above). I was lucky to find vinyl to match the original strap. I made some minor adjustments to my bag, the most visible is the squared bottom corner accent pieces. I was unable to perfectly topstitch around those curved vinyl pieces, even using my Teflon presser foot. If you have a technique for doing so, please share it with me. (Scroll to the bottom to see Kay’s suggestion.) Nevertheless, I’m delighted with my creation and will enjoy traveling with both purses. Unlike many of my bags, there are no outside pockets. All of the pockets are built into my lining, along with a clip to hold my car key.
The first five pieces should be cut from vinyl.
- Purse front 6" x 9.50" - cut two pieces
- Purse back 11" x 9.50"
- Facing 11" x 3" - cut two pieces plus interfacing
- Purse bottom 9" x 3"
- Bottom accent pieces 3.25" x 3.50" - cut 4
- Headliner fabric 10.75" x 10.50" - cut two pieces
- Cotton Lining 11" x 9.50"
- Cardboard 8" x 2"
All seam allowances are .50"
step 10 - Lining
Create as many pockets as you like on the two lining pieces. If you need pocket ideas see my Basic Purse Organizer or other bags in my collection. Make the lining personal by sewing in zippered or open pockets to carry the items you use on a daily basis. When the pockets are done, sew the lining side seams with right sides together. Sew the bottom seam only two inches in from both side seams. Fold and press the raw bottom opening edges .50".
step 12 - Assembly
Cut and place a 8" x 2" cardboard in the bottom of the purse.
Stuff the headliner into the purse pushing down on the bottom side corners. Insert the facing/lining. Trim the side seam allowances of the purse at an angle.
At Fabric Store
- Headliner fabric (for shaping) - 1/3 yard
- Black Double fold bias tape - 24”
- Everything Mary Silver Grommets - 2
- White thread
- Gold topstitch thread
- Sewing notions
- 1/3 yard vinyl
- 1/3 yard cotton lining plus more for special pocket treatments
- Fusible interfacing - 24" x 6"
- Purchased strap
- Cardboard - 8” x 2”
- Black permanent marker
- Masking tape
- Leather stitch machine needles
- Teflon presser foot
- Magnetic clasp
- Wonder Clips