As with all my purses, I had some fabric and an idea!
I pulled out the ol’ graph paper and set to work.
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)
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″
Sew the stripes together and iron the seams open.
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.
Top-stitch your heart out! 🙂
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.
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.
Now, find some fabric and try it! Or…you can buy this set in the Pursenal Issues Etsy Shop.