Mini Me White Purse

my bag measures 10” x 9”

my bag measures 10” x 9”

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Original Purse Measures 16” x 12”

Original Purse Measures 16” x 12”

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.

Fabric

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"

Directions

step 1 - Purse Front Sew the two purse front 9.50” edges with right sides together. Press the seam open. Topstitch both sides of the seam with gold thread.

step 1 - Purse Front
Sew the two purse front 9.50” edges with right sides together. Press the seam open. Topstitch both sides of the seam with gold thread.

step 2 - Corner Accent Pieces Test your marker on a scrap of your vinyl to be sure it is easily removed with alcohol before marking your purse. With the marker, draw a 3.25" x 3.50" rectangle on the bottom edges of the purse front and back. 

step 2 - Corner Accent Pieces
Test your marker on a scrap of your vinyl to be sure it is easily removed with alcohol before marking your purse. With the marker, draw a 3.25" x 3.50" rectangle on the bottom edges of the purse front and back. 

step 3 - Press open the bias tape center fold.  Lay the center fold open on the drawn lines.  Tuck the tape to form a square corner.  Secure with painters tape.  Stitch the bias tape to the right side of the vinyl following the original center fold line of the tape.

step 3 - Press open the bias tape center fold.  Lay the center fold open on the drawn lines.  Tuck the tape to form a square corner.  Secure with painters tape.  Stitch the bias tape to the right side of the vinyl following the original center fold line of the tape.

step 4 - Align the vinyl pieces over the bias tape leaving 1/8 " of the black tape visible.  Create two rows of gold top stitching 1/8” apart on the vinyl following the top and inside edge.

step 4 - Align the vinyl pieces over the bias tape leaving 1/8 " of the black tape visible.  Create two rows of gold top stitching 1/8” apart on the vinyl following the top and inside edge.

step 5 - Front and Back Align the right side of the front and back purse pieces with the black bias tape matching. Secure the pieces with Wonder Clips.  They hold tight and will keep the pieces from shifting.  Sew together the purse side seams.  Press them open.  They will not lay completely flat but pressing them open will relax the seam.

step 5 - Front and Back
Align the right side of the front and back purse pieces with the black bias tape matching. Secure the pieces with Wonder Clips.  They hold tight and will keep the pieces from shifting.  Sew together the purse side seams.  Press them open.  They will not lay completely flat but pressing them open will relax the seam.

step 6 - Bottom On the wrong side of the center bottom piece, draw lines .50” from all edges and a line down the center.  Make a small slit less than 1/2" on the front and back purse pieces 1" away from each side seam.  Stitch the center purse bottom to the sides then the front and back with right sides together.  Cut a diagonal slit in the corners of the bottom piece.  Pivot the stitch at the slits to create clean, square corners. 

step 6 - Bottom
On the wrong side of the center bottom piece, draw lines .50” from all edges and a line down the center.  Make a small slit less than 1/2" on the front and back purse pieces 1" away from each side seam.  Stitch the center purse bottom to the sides then the front and back with right sides together.  Cut a diagonal slit in the corners of the bottom piece.  Pivot the stitch at the slits to create clean, square corners. 

step 7 - Facing Apply fusible interfacing to purse facings.  Sew facings with right sides together. Press the seams open.

step 7 - Facing
Apply fusible interfacing to purse facings.  Sew facings with right sides together. Press the seams open.

step 8 - Headliner Sew the side and bottom seams of the headliner.  Fold the corner flat matching the side and bottom seams.  Pin the pieces together with 1” to the left and right of the center seam.  Draw a straight line and stitch across it.  Trim away the excess.

step 8 - Headliner
Sew the side and bottom seams of the headliner.  Fold the corner flat matching the side and bottom seams.  Pin the pieces together with 1” to the left and right of the center seam.  Draw a straight line and stitch across it.  Trim away the excess.

step 9 - Cut a piece of bias tape to measure 21".  Sew the ends together.  Encase the top edge of the headliner with bias tape by sewing one edge to the top of the headliner, then folding it over and top stitching the other edge.

step 9 - Cut a piece of bias tape to measure 21".  Sew the ends together.  Encase the top edge of the headliner with bias tape by sewing one edge to the top of the headliner, then folding it over and top stitching the other edge.

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 11 - With right sides together, stitch the top of the lining to the bottom edge of the purse facing.  On the wrong side mark the center of the facing to help with clasp placement later.

step 11 - With right sides together, stitch the top of the lining to the bottom edge of the purse facing.  On the wrong side mark the center of the facing to help with clasp placement later.

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. 

step 13 - Align the top bias tape edge of the headliner to the top edge of the purse so that it creates  1/8" accent to match the corner accent pieces. Clip together the outer purse and facing with the headliner sandwiched in between.  Top stitch close to the top raw edge of the purse with gold thread. 

step 13 - Align the top bias tape edge of the headliner to the top edge of the purse so that it creates  1/8" accent to match the corner accent pieces. Clip together the outer purse and facing with the headliner sandwiched in between.  Top stitch close to the top raw edge of the purse with gold thread. 

step 14 - Clasp Align the clasp hardware at the center line of each facing.  Use a craft knife to cut slits for the prongs. 

step 14 - Clasp
Align the clasp hardware at the center line of each facing.  Use a craft knife to cut slits for the prongs. 

step 15 - Attach the magnetic clasp pieces to the right side of the facings and bend the prongs.  Machine or hand stitch the opening in the purse lining and stuff it inside the purse

step 15 - Attach the magnetic clasp pieces to the right side of the facings and bend the prongs.  Machine or hand stitch the opening in the purse lining and stuff it inside the purse

step 16 - Grommets These are screw-together grommets.  Place them about 5/8" below the top edge of the purse on the side seams.  Mark their position with the marker and follow package directions for attaching them. Attach the purse strap.

step 16 - Grommets
These are screw-together grommets.  Place them about 5/8" below the top edge of the purse on the side seams.  Mark their position with the marker and follow package directions for attaching them.

Attach the purse strap.

 

Supplies

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"

Miscellaneous

  • Purchased strap
  • Cardboard - 8” x 2”
  • Black permanent marker
  • Alcohol
  • Masking tape

Amazon

  • Leather stitch machine needles
  • Teflon presser foot
  • Magnetic clasp
  • Wonder Clips

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