Urban Summer Purse Tutorial Part #1

The Urban Summer Purse Tutorial is a 3 part series. Please follow me to receive notification of any updates automatically.  I’ve made some minor adjustments to the straps for stability that will be revealed in the 3rd tutorial.

Lets begin with selecting your fabric of choice and materials needed:

  1. Printed fabric 1/2 yard needed
  2. Solid fabric 1 yard needed
  3. Purse strap swivel clasp (1)
  4. D rings (three 1 1/4 inch and six 1 1/2 inch)
  5. Magnetic snaps (2)
  6. Heavy duty Snaps (6)
  7. Pellon Fusible Stabilizer 1 yard (medium weight)
  8. Purse feet (4)

Step One

  • Cut out 2 panels front and back from the solid color fabric 13 inches length x 9 inches width.
  • Cut out 2 panels front and back from the printed fabric 13 inches length x  6 1/2 inches width.
  • Pin front panels together, one solid and one printed.  Repeat with back panels.

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Step Two

  • Sew the panels together 5/8 seam allowance and press seam open.  Sew decorative straight stitch above and below the original seam.  (This will help create a support frame.


Step Three

  • Cut out (2) fusible fleece stabilizer 14 inches width x 17 inches length to cover front and back full panels
  • Iron onto panels and pin right sides together
  • Sew sides and bottom together 5/8 inch seam allowance leaving the top open

Step Four

  • Cut a square 2 inches x 2 inches on the bottom corners
  • Press seams open
  • Match the open ends top and bottom, and sew a straight stitch across (creating a box edge)

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Stay tuned for part 2 of the tutorial to create the purse lining, inside pocket and installing the purse feet.

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