Make a boxy purse

Make a boxy purse
purse.jpg

Materials:

  • 2 fat quarters (square piece of fabric)
  • Zip (at least 30cm/12in long)
  • Lightweight iron-in interfacing
  • Co-ordinating sewing thread
  • Pretty fabric for the outside

Step 1

Cut two rectangles of fabric measuring 20cmx25cm (7.8inx9.8in) from the outer fabric and two rectangles the same size from the co-ordinating fabric for the interior of the bag.  Place the lining pieces to one side for later.

Take the exterior fabric and on one of the long sides of each piece turn under a centimetre and a half seam using the iron, this will provide a straight edge for zip insertion.

Step 2

Cut two pieces of interfacing slightly smaller than the fabric pieces (this is to ensure it does not stick to your ironing board) and iron into place on the wrong side of both pieces of fabric.

 It is not necessary to use interfacing under the seam edge which has been turned.

Step 3

Turn both pieces of fabric over so that the right side is facing upwards and the folded edges are in the centre.

Place the zip right way up centrally under the pieces, the puller of the zip should be about 1.5cm (0.6in) from the edge of the seam and the spare zip at the other end left outside.

Pin the zip in place and tack down each side, make sure you tack from the top on both sides; this will ensure that the zip lays flat.

Step 4

Machine in place using a zipper foot.  Machine from the top of the zip on one side, undo the zip a few inches and machine the first section, keep the needle in the material and do the zip up to the top, this will ensure straight stitching.

Remove from the machine, then machine from the top of the zip down on the other side, again repeating the instructions for the first side, at the bottom leave the needle in the fabric and machine across the seam and zip to hold in place.

Once sewn check that the zip works and make sure you leave the zip half undone!

Step 5

Line up the bottom edges and place right sides together, machine along this line a centimetre and a half in from edge to edge.  Press the seam open without creasing the rest of the fabric.

Step 6

Flatten the tube so that the bottom seam sits on top of the zip with the zip half open and pin across the two side seams, straight across the zip.

Machine one and a half cm seam along each edge.  Trim off the excess zip level with the edge of the fabric.

Step 7

Pinch the corners out and flatten, lining the side edge up with the bottom seam to form a triangle, measure from the tip of the triangle about 2.5cm (0.9in), the bigger the corner is, the deeper the purse will be.

Step 8

Pin and sew across in a straight line, sew two corners at one side and turn just to see if you are happy with the shape, turn back and machine the other two corners in the same fashion, snip the corners, leaving 1cm (0.9in) from the stitching .

Turn out to the right side and trim any remaining threads.

Step 9

Take the two pieces of fabric for the lining and turn the edges as before along two long sides, place the right sides together, match and machine the bottom seam.

Step 10

Flatten in the same way as above, line bottom seam up with opening and machine along the two sides.

 Step 11

Once the lining is sewn, leave with the wrong side showing and place inside the outer bag, matching corners to make sure it fits well.

Step 12

Pin the lining in place around the zip and hand stitch to finish neatly.

Project written by Lynne Sharpe.  Lynne is a Textile Artist who runs The Make It Room from Howe Green near Chelmsford in Essex.  Lynne teaches a wide range of craft workshops and courses. Find out more here.

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