Pocket Purse

measures 11" x 12" 9 open pockets•  2 zippered pockets

measures 11" x 12"

9 open pockets•  2 zippered pockets

 

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”. 

Directions

Front Pockets

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 2 - Turn the lining over so the wrong sides are together and create the pocket trim by sliding the lining up 1/8” above the joining seam. Press and pin in place.  Stitch across the seam line to secure the trim.

step 2 - Turn the lining over so the wrong sides are together and create the pocket trim by sliding the lining up 1/8” above the joining seam. Press and pin in place.  Stitch across the seam line to secure the trim.

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.

Back Zippered Pockets step 1 - Press the seam allowance on the interfaced pocket piece.  Align the piece as indicated on the pattern with right sides together and the pocket above the dotted line.

Back Zippered Pockets

step 1 - Press the seam allowance on the interfaced pocket piece.  Align the piece as indicated on the pattern with right sides together and the pocket above the dotted line.

step 2 - On both sides of purse, stitch the wrong side of the pocket from the outer edge of the purse to the red dot only, leaving the center of the seam open for the zipper.

step 2 - On both sides of purse, stitch the wrong side of the pocket from the outer edge of the purse to the red dot only, leaving the center of the seam open for the zipper.

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.

step 4 - On the wrong side of the fabric, sew the other edge of the zipper to the pocket edge, with right sides together.  At both ends of the zipper, sew a few vertical stitches to secure the seam allowance to the purse.

step 4 - On the wrong side of the fabric, sew the other edge of the zipper to the pocket edge, with right sides together.  At both ends of the zipper, sew a few vertical stitches to secure the seam allowance to the purse.

Attaching Yokes To Front And Back

step 1 - Match the center of each yoke to the center of each purse piece. 

step 1 - Match the center of each yoke to the center of each purse piece. 

step 2 - Pin with right sides together, working from the center out to the sides.

step 2 - Pin with right sides together, working from the center out to the sides.

step 3 - Cut 1/2” slits on the purse edge to allow easier alignment on the curves.

step 3 - Cut 1/2” slits on the purse edge to allow easier alignment on the curves.

Hardware Loops

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 3 - Trim close to the second stitching.

step 3 - Trim close to the second stitching.

step 4 -Turn loop inside out, and press flat.  Make the second loop the same way then cut each in half.

step 5 - Fold each of the four pieces in half and align them with the center of the purse yoke extensions. Pin or tape in place. Stitch through all thicknesses 1/2” from raw edges.

step 5 - Fold each of the four pieces in half and align them with the center of the purse yoke extensions. Pin or tape in place. Stitch through all thicknesses 1/2” from raw edges.

Fabric Gussets

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.

Plastic Gussets

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 2 - Center the cardboard against the bottom of the bag.  Pin the plastic gusset pieces up the sides.  They should fit between the fabric gusset seams.  Trim the plastic more if necessary. step 3 - Work down one side, across the bottom and up the other side, securing the plastic to the fabric every few inches with tacking stitches.

step 2 - Center the cardboard against the bottom of the bag.  Pin the plastic gusset pieces up the sides.  They should fit between the fabric gusset seams.  Trim the plastic more if necessary.

step 3 - Work down one side, across the bottom and up the other side, securing the plastic to the fabric every few inches with tacking stitches.

Lining Back

step 1 - With right sides together, match the pocket piece rectangle to your chalk rectangle on the lining back.

step 2 - Sew the rectangle then slit it open in the center.

step 2 - Sew the rectangle then slit it open in the center.

step 3 - Pull the pocket through the slit to the wrong side and smooth the opening.

step 3 - Pull the pocket through the slit to the wrong side and smooth the opening.

step 4 - Move the top pocket piece down, to create a folded edge.

step 4 - Move the top pocket piece down, to create a folded edge.

step 5 - Move the bottom pocket piece up in the same way.

step 5 - Move the bottom pocket piece up in the same way.

step 6 - Turn over and center zipper right side down.

step 6 - Turn over and center zipper right side down.

step 7 - Attach the zipper by sewing along the rectangle on the right side of fabric.

step 7 - Attach the zipper by sewing along the rectangle on the right side of fabric.

step 8 - Close the Pocket by matching the top and bottom Pocket pieces, and sewing the sides and bottom edges together.

Lining Front

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 5 - Position your first item.  Drape the fabric over it and pin the pocket to the lining on the right side of this space.  Don’t make it too snug. 

step 5 - Position your first item.  Drape the fabric over it and pin the pocket to the lining on the right side of this space.  Don’t make it too snug. 

step 6 - Remove the item and lightly press, pleating the excess fabric on both pocket edges.  

step 6 - Remove the item and lightly press, pleating the excess fabric on both pocket edges.

 

step 7 - Stitch vertically from the hemmed edge to the raw edge close to the crease of the pleat.  If your item is much shorter than the 6.5” depth of the pocket, you’ll also want to sew a horizontal line across this pocket section where necessary, so that the item won’t be so far down, it will be impossible to retrieve.  

step 7 - Stitch vertically from the hemmed edge to the raw edge close to the crease of the pleat.  If your item is much shorter than the 6.5” depth of the pocket, you’ll also want to sew a horizontal line across this pocket section where necessary, so that the item won’t be so far down, it will be impossible to retrieve.  

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.

Lining Gusset

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 3 - Transfer all the seam allowances for the yoke onto the plastic with a marker. Cut away all the seam allowances so the plastic yoke will be smaller and fit inside the fabric yokes.  Pin one plastic yoke onto each side of the purse.

step 3 - Transfer all the seam allowances for the yoke onto the plastic with a marker. Cut away all the seam allowances so the plastic yoke will be smaller and fit inside the fabric yokes.  Pin one plastic yoke onto each side of the purse.

step 4 - Grab all layers of the bag and turn it inside out so the right side of the purse is outside and the lining is inside. Smooth out and press seam edges and the corners where the gusset attaches to the front and back.

step 4 - Grab all layers of the bag and turn it inside out so the right side of the purse is outside and the lining is inside. Smooth out and press seam edges and the corners where the gusset attaches to the front and back.

step 5 - If you will be attaching a magnetic clasp or a fabric label to the yokes, it should be done now.

step 5 - If you will be attaching a magnetic clasp or a fabric label to the yokes, it should be done now.

step 6 - Trap the plastic yoke inside the fabric yokes by pinning the outer fabric and lining yokes together at their bottom curved seams. Once they are aligned, hide machine stitching in the gutter of the seam to secure the pieces together. The plastic should be slightly smaller than the fabric yokes. You should not be stitching through plastic.

step 6 - Trap the plastic yoke inside the fabric yokes by pinning the outer fabric and lining yokes together at their bottom curved seams. Once they are aligned, hide machine stitching in the gutter of the seam to secure the pieces together. The plastic should be slightly smaller than the fabric yokes. You should not be stitching through plastic.

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.

step 9 - Pin the two open bottom seams together and top stitch close to the edges.  

step 9 - Pin the two open bottom seams together and top stitch close to the edges.

 

step 10 - Remove the screws in the bamboo handles and thread the metal “U” into the purse loops.  

step 10 - Remove the screws in the bamboo handles and thread the metal “U” into the purse loops.

 

step 11 - Reassemble the hardware and the screw.

step 11 - Reassemble the hardware and the screw.

 

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Make your purse extra special by handcrafting a unique beaded zipper pull for the back pocket.

 

Supplies

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

 


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