Sewing project – Mini purse

childs_cloth_purse

Since V takes advantage of every opportunity to dig through my purse, I decided I’d make her one of her own to dig through.

I have several pieces of good material from the FabMo distribution event so picked something that I thought would look good. Here’s what I needed:

purse_pieces1
Five pieces total – One large for the back that wraps around to the front, 3 pieces for the pockets, and a small rectangular piece to attach the loops to the back for holding the strap. Size really doesn’t matter, as long as the 3 pieces are the same and fit uniformly against the large piece. The size of my 3 pieces is 3″ x 4.5″. I also used velcro for the fastening. A button could do as well, or a snap.

The most time-consuming part was putting a serger-type stitch all around my cut out pieces to keep the material from unraveling. My sewing machine can do it just fine, but it takes at least a good hour to do all the pieces.

serger_stitch

After I had all the pieces finished, I lined up pieces 2 and 3 and sewed a low ark through both of them.

ark

Next, I sewed the pieces of velcro onto what would be the cover flap and base.

velcro_purse

Attach the loops to the back of piece 4 with piece 5. I made the loops by taping pieces of cording into the the desired height.

sewing loops

Then I began attaching the pocket pieces together, almost in an accordion style. Sew three sides together of pieces 1 and 2. Then sew pieces 3 with 4. In the second picture it’s easier to see how they’ve been attached.

pockets_sewingstanding_purse

Finally, I tied a dark, thicker cord onto the loops. I measured it on V first before doing the final cutting and adjusting.

loops_purse2

Now she has her own purse to go through, take things out and put back in. Her grandma generously donated colorful cards to add to the collection.

finished_purse

The reality is that she still prefers to go through mine.

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