Can you ever have enough pockets in your purse to help you stay organized? Inside and out, this purse offers a total of two zippered spaces and nine open pockets in varying sizes. But make this purse yourself and resize or add more pockets to perfectly accommodate the things you carry.
Need an oversized bag for vacation? As with many of my projects, you can resize this purse by printing out all the pattern pieces at more than 100%. The existing pattern is for a bag that measures approximately 11” wide by 12” high (without handles). The bamboo handles on this bag can be substituted with leather straps or other store bought handles. Try adding your own straps using matching fabric lined with a sturdy interfacing.
Download, then print out the pattern and instructions. Cut out and iron interfacing to the pieces indicated on the pattern. Use chalk or thread to transfer circles, centers, and pocket placements on fabric pieces. All seams are standard 5/8”.
step 1 - Sew the straight edge of the pocket lining, to the interfaced pocket fabric 2, with right sides together. Trim seam allowance to 1/8”.
step 3 - Align the pocket bottom and sides to the purse front and pin together. Sew a straight line down the center of the pocket from the contrast trim to the raw edges.
step 3 - Lay the closed zipper right side down on the placement line. With a zipper foot, stitch close to the teeth, across the length of the zipper.
Attaching Yokes To Front And Back
step 1 - Fold the loop, right sides together, and sew 5/8” from the raw edges.
step 2 - Sew another line close to and outside the first one.
step 4 -Turn loop inside out, and press flat. Make the second loop the same way then cut each in half.
step 1 - Prepare the gusset pockets with their linings as you did the large pocket on the front purse, creating the 1/8” trim. Position a pocket on each gusset fabric piece where indicated and sew on the wrong side across pocket bottom with right sides together. Turn the pocket top up to meet the top line pattern placement and pin.
step 2 - With right sides together, sew the center gusset seam.
step 3 - Match the seam with the center bottom seam of purse front. Pin all edges together working up the sides. Clip slits in the gusset 1/2” deep to ease around the curves.
step 4 - Sew the gusset to the purse front.
step 5 - Repeat, attaching the gusset to the purse back.
Step 1 - Trim all seam allowances from the plastic gusset pieces. Glue the trimmed gusset pieces to the center of the cardboard rectangle with the bottom plastic centers touching.
step 1 - With right sides together, match the pocket piece rectangle to your chalk rectangle on the lining back.
step 8 - Close the Pocket by matching the top and bottom Pocket pieces, and sewing the sides and bottom edges together.
step 1 - There is no pattern piece for the multi pocket because it should be customized for your needs. Cut a piece of fabric to measure 7.5” byapproximately 24”. The width will be determined by how many pockets you plan to create.
step 2 - Turn a 1/2” hem along the 24” length and press. Turn it again at 1/2” and sew it in place.
step 3 - Align the left edge of the hemmed piece with the left edge of the purse, matching up the bottoms evenly.
step 4 - Stitch the left edges together vertically from the hemmed edge to the raw bottom, at one inch from the side.
step 8 - Position your next item and follow step 5 above. Continue working across the strip of fabric adding pockets. The last pocket edge should be at least one inch from the side edge of the purse. Trim excess pocket fabric to match the side of the purse.
step 1 - Match the top black circle of one gusset piece to the top black circle on the Front lining. Sew from that circle to the one just below the gusset pocket placement line.
step 2 - Repeat with the back lining, then repeat with the second gusset piece. You should end up with the lining open at the top and bottom and two detached ends of the gusset strips hanging freely at the bottom.
Purse & Lining Assembly & Finishing
step 1 - Slip the lining over the purse front and back. Match all seams and center markings.
step 2 - Sew the lining to the purse, at the top of the bag, starting at one of the gusset seams. Be sure to double stitch across the loops as they require durability. Trim all seams.
step 7 - Sew the center bottom gusset seam with right sides together.
step 8 - Press under seam allowances on the open edges of the gusset and lining pieces to the wrong side.
Make your purse extra special by handcrafting a unique beaded zipper pull for the back pocket.
At Fabric Shop
- 1 yard outer fabric
- 1 yard lining in contrasting color
- 1 yard Craft Fuse heavy interfacing
- 2 sheets of plastic mesh 13 5/8” x 21 5/8”
- heavy cardboard 8” x 3.25”
- magnetic clasp
- purse handles
- two 7” zippers