Tuesday, 16 January 2018

A skirt, a bag and a purse and a mini purse tutorial

My first make of 2018 was another Itch to stitch Vientiane skirt.  I made a Sirena dress from this cotton sateen and had enough left over for this skirt.

I've always liked the quilted roses bag by SweetPea so finally got around to making one for myself.

Contents are kept safe with a zip in the top.

And handy pockets inside.  A zip pocket and a double pocket that holds my cell phone.

Of course it needed a matching purse.

I knew what I wanted in a purse but couldn't find a design that matched what was in my head.  I wanted plenty of credit card slots, plus a zippered coin pouch, and a place for notes.  I also wanted it so when I opened up the purse everything faced the same way.  So many of the purse/wallet patterns have them facing opposite ways and when you open them one side flips down so all the cards fall out.  Ask me how I know!

this purse has 8 card slots.  4 are on the side you can see and 4 are on the other side of the coin purse.  There is room for notes to fit behind the coin purse.

So my design hat went on and I designed my own.  The following is a very mini tutorial so I can repeat this another time.


1st card pocket,  2 x 6 3/4" x 7 1/4"
2nd card pocket 2 x 6 3/4" x 8 1/4"
Zippered pouch 2 x 6 3/4" x 11 1/4"
Lining  1 x 6 3/4" x 12"
Outer 1 x 6 3/4" x 12"

Nylon zipper
Snap fasteners

Sewing is done with 1/2" seam allowance

1.  Interface lining
2. Insert snaps on outer card pocket (6 3/4" x 7 1/4").  Put these 1" from bottom edge and 1" from side edge.
3.  Fold both  zipper pouches in half.  Fold long edges under 1/2".  Insert zipper into folded edges.
4.  Baste card slots to sides of zippered pouch.  Stitch centre line down all card slots to create compartments for cards.
5.  Place the pouch and pockets on top of the outer fabric.  The outer fabric should be facing up and the snaps facing down (facing right side of outer).  Place lining on top of pockets, right side down.  The pockets should now be sandwiched between the outer and lining fabric.
6.  Sew all layers together, leaving an opening for turning.
7.  Turn right side out, you will need to turn the pouch and pockets twice.  Press, then top stitch 1/8" around all 4 sides, turning the unstitiched edge under.
8.  Insert snaps into the outer/lining.


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