Sewing A Purse
I decided that I wanted to sew a purse, after I found Best of Stitch Bags To Sew at the local library. I chose to start with the faux leather slouch bag. I will be honest that I found this project stretched the limits of my sewing capabilities, and I did spend some quality time with my stitch ripper.
My take on the faux leather slouch bag:
- The directions were not clear, so I ended up pinning and re-pinning to figure out how to sew the pieces together. I later found a great explanation of putting the pieces together that I used for my lined make up bags.
- I used upholstery fabric instead of faux leather.
- I chose to make one long over the shoulder strap. I also top-stitched three lines down my strap.
- The original pattern had no closure. I chose to use a magnetic closure, and followed this tutorial from Noodlehead.
- Sewing the lining, outer purse, strap, and top was too much for my machine. I added a cute detail with embroidery thread to add a little extra to my bag.
- I added an embellishment to the outside of the bag. I cut coordinating brown tulle circles then used my embroidery floss to bunch them. I attached this to my purse with a safety pin.
- Total cost for this project: $3.21 upholstery fabric, $3.99 lining, $0.39 embroidery floss, $ magnetic closure, thread, fabric glue, and heavy duty needle on hand
You may be asking, “Why is this purse so large? It would be cuter if it was smaller.” I carry a leather bound planner, and medicine for my children with me wherever I go, so I need a big larger purse.
In retrospect, my purse only somewhat resembles the original……
My next purse project is an embellished clutch.