Zebra print purse with a side of scarf tutorial

As with all my purses, I had some fabric and an idea!

The "fabric" -- aka a dress, a shirt and two remnants.

The “fabric” — aka a dress, a shirt and two remnants.

The idea!

The idea!

 

I pulled out the ol’ graph paper and set to work.

I ended up with three main pieces.

I ended up with three main pieces.

The back/flap body piece measured 12 1/4″ x 13″ (with cut corners) (cut 1 lining; cut 1 interfacing)

The “front” body piece measured 12 1/4″ x 6 1/2″ (cut 1 lining; cut 1 interfacing)

The sides/bottom piece measured 2 1/2″ x 26″ (cut 1 main fabric; cut 1 lining; cut 1 interfacing)

I used the sides/bottom piece to create a strap as well but cut it at 20″ instead of 26″ (cut 1 main fabric; cut 1 lining; cut 1 interfacing)

Lining and Interfacing

Lining and Interfacing

Before cutting my main body fabric , I had to do some extra measurements because I wanted this purse to be striped. So, the “outer” body pieces have slightly different measurements. These measurements allow for 1/4″ seams.

Center (zebra) stripes: Cut (1) 3-3/4″ x 6-1/2″ and Cut (1) 3-3/4″ x 13″

Green stripes: Cut (2) 2-1/2″ x 6-1/2 and Cut (2) 2-1/2″ x 13″

Outer (zebra) strips: Cut (2) 2-3/4″ x 6-1/2″ and Cut (2) 2-3/4″ x 13″

Main fabrics - stripes

Main fabrics – stripes

Sew the stripes together and iron the seams open.

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Use the pattern to cut the corners on the large striped piece.

Use the pattern to cut the corners on the large striped piece.

Just like the clutch, we’re going to sew individual pieces and then sew them together to get a nice boxy look. Iron the interfacing onto the lining then sew each pair wrong sides together leaving an unsewn space for turning. After turning, top stich around the two main body pieces. The strap and bottom/sides pieces do not need to be top stitched.

I'm using a magnetic snap so after I turn the pieces and before I topstitch, I need to insert. Follow package instructions.

I’m using a magnetic snap so after I turn the pieces and before I topstitch, I need to insert. Follow package instructions.

Because I like to complicate things, I used different fabrics for the strap and the bottom/sides. Join them before sewing and turning.

Because I like to complicate things, I used different fabrics for the strap and the bottom/sides. Join them before sewing and turning.

Turning the bottom/side/strap piece.

Turning the bottom/side/strap piece. Top stitch the strap part.

Before all that top-stitching, I pinned everything together to get the placement of the magnetic snaps.

Before all that top-stitching, I pinned everything together to get the placement of the magnetic snaps.

Snap on "front" piece.

Snap on “front” piece.

Snap on back/flap piece.

Snap on back/flap piece.

Top-stitch your heart out! 🙂

Then, sew all the pieces together, following the top-stitching lines as well as you can.

Then, sew all the pieces together, following the top-stitching lines as well as you can.

The strap piece and the bottom/sides piece were sewn together on one side but on the other, I simply folded the top of the side piece into itself, inserted the strap piece and sewed the purse together.

Ta-da! The Zebra Purse!!

Ta-da! The Zebra Purse!!

 

Then, remember the green shirt I had in the first picture. I’ll wait while you scroll… Yep, haven’t used it yet so I decided to create a coordinating scarf.

I basically used this tutorial from Skip to My Lou with a little variation.

Left over fabric to make some embellishments

Left over fabric to make some embellishments

I just basically gathered on three sides and shaped it to create a bit of a flower.

I just basically gathered on three sides and shaped it to create a bit of a flower.

The ensemble...with white blouse!

The ensemble…with white blouse!

The ensemble with black blouse!

The ensemble with black blouse!

Now, find some fabric and try it!  Or…you can buy this set in the Pursenal Issues Etsy Shop.

 

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