Pink Pocket Purse – a tutorial

Cold weather is making me wish for spring (although everyday I am thankful I live far enough south to no longer own a shovel). Spring draws me toward lighter, brighter fabrics and florals. I found a few Goodwill treasures that I thought would work perfectly:

Two skirts make for lots of fabric!

Two skirts make for lots of fabric!

I came up with a pattern for this one: This is the main body piece. This is for the pocket piece.

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This was my cut list:

From the pink (outer fabric):  2 pocket pieces  &  1 piece measuring 3-1/2″ x 29-1/2″

From the pink LINING: 2 pocket pieces, two main body pieces  & 1 piece measuring 3-1/2 x 29-1/2″

From the floral: 2 main body pieces & two pieces measuring 3″ x 24″ for the handles

From the heavy interfacing: two main body pieces and 1 piece measuring 3-1/2 x 29-1/2

Hint: When you want to get the most from a gathered skirt, be sure to cut off the waistband first!

Get rid of the waistband and save it for another project!

Get rid of the waistband and save it for another project!

Don’t forget to save the zippers too!

Rip the seams to get rid of the fabric and stash the zippers for later!

Rip the seams to get rid of the fabric and stash the zippers for later!

All my pieces cut and ready to go. I cut my pink fabric and my lining with pinking shears so they wouldn’t fray. The floral didn’t need it.

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Iron on the interfacing to the lining. Make sure you do not put a hot iron on a piece of lining…IT WILL MELT!

When all your pieces are ready to sew, place a pocket piece right side to right side with a pocket lining piece and stitch only around the curve of the pocket.

Just around the curves.

Just around the curves.

Both sides.

Both sides.

Do this to both pockets. Then turn them right side out and top stitch along the curve.

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I tried bias tape first and failed miserably…it’s on my list of skills to tackle. So, I just used a pretty flower stitch. A regular topstitch would work just as well.

Both sides.

Both sides.

Place the pocket on top of your main body pieces and pin it in place with a couple of pins  toward the center if you choose.

The lined pocket piece on the body piece.

The lined pocket piece on the body piece.

Now place the lining body piece on top so you have right sides to right sides and pin.

Right side up floral with right side up pocket on top and wrong side up lining on top!

Right side up floral with right side up pocket on top and wrong side up lining on top!

 

Stitch around the entire piece leaving a 3″ unsewn space…the bottom is the best place… for turning.

Turn and top stitch around, closing the hole in the bottom.

Turn and top stitch around, closing the hole in the bottom.

Do this to both body/pocket pieces.

This method is not my “regular” purse making method but I’ve been working this way a lot lately, loving the boxy-ness of the finished purse.

Behind the top of the pocket piece, add in a magnetic snap. The pocket hides it very well. I like to secure mine with some extra fusible fleece.

Behind the top of the pocket piece, add in a magnetic snap. The pocket hides it very well. I like to secure mine with some extra fusible fleece.

One last thing before we are finished with the main body pieces. We need to add button holes for the handles to go through.  Make a nice large buttonhole so that the fabric fits through fairly easily.

Buttonholes...one on each side...four total.

Buttonholes…one on each side…four total.

The two finished body pieces.

The two finished body pieces.

Set these pieces aside a moment and get those two 29-1/2″ strips.

Sew right side to right side along both long edges to create a tube and then turn it.  When it is turned, measure along the edge of your main body pieces and tuck under the ends for a perfect length, then stitch the ends closed with a top stitch…I chose a decorative stitch again.

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Stitch at both ends for the perfect fit.

Then, pin the bottom/sides piece onto the body and follow the topstitching with another round.

Top-stitching.

Top-stitching.

You may want to be particular and follow exactly on top of your previous top-stitch. I like a little more quirky look. Attach one body piece…

One side on...now, do the other.

One side on…now, do the other.

Now for the handles. Take your two 3 x 24″ strips and create bias tape of a sort. Fold each long side toward the center and iron a crease. Then, fold in half and iron again.

Then, top-stitch along the entire length of the strap. You could do a straight stich down each side. I used my flower stitch straight down the middle. I also finished the ends with pinking shears.

Top stitch the handles.

Top stitch the handles.

Feed the straps through the button holes and tie a knot at each end.

How could you "knot" love these handles?

How could you “knot” love these handles?

There you have it…a sweet, fun, very usable purse for spring or summer!

Detailed handles.

Detailed handles.

Roomy inside.

Roomy inside.

Detailed pockets.

Detailed pockets.

 

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Ta-da!

Go ahead and try it…or you can buy it in the Pursenal Issues Etsy Shop.

Thanks for reading and have fun upcycling!

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