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:
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!
Don’t forget to save the zippers too!
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.
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.
Do this to both pockets. Then turn them right side out and top stitch along the curve.
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.
Now place the lining body piece on top so you have right sides to right sides and pin.
Stitch around the entire piece leaving a 3″ unsewn space…the bottom is the best place… for turning.
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.
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.
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.
Then, pin the bottom/sides piece onto the body and follow the topstitching with another round.
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…
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.
Feed the straps through the button holes and tie a knot at each end.
There you have it…a sweet, fun, very usable purse for spring or summer!
Go ahead and try it…or you can buy it in the Pursenal Issues Etsy Shop.
Thanks for reading and have fun upcycling!