Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Reversible Purse

This purse is so cute and fun. Today was the first time I wore this one in public a nice lady told me how much she liked it, I was so thrilled to hear that, she doesn't know how much she made my day!!  I gave her my card and told her to look up this tutorial, so if you are reading this I hope you like it and thanks!!!!

You need two yards of coordinating fabric,
sewing machine,
coordinating thread,
 yard stick(for the pattern),
6 pieces of paper taped together (for the pattern).

The first thing you need to do is make your pattern.  After you have the papers taped together draw a 18" by 28" rectangle.  Be very careful to make it symmetrical. Cut out the rectangle, next find the center of the paper and mark it.

Now you can fold the paper in half along the center line.  At the bottom corner mark with a pen 6 inches from the bottom corner.  Then go to the top and mark 3 and 1/2 inches from the center fold. Now take your yard stick and connect the to points drawing a diagonal line across the paper. Cut along the line and open the pattern.

This is what you should have .28" across the bottom,6" up on the sides,16" along the diagonal cut and 7" along the top. This pattern need to be symmetrical to work.
Lay the pattern on you fabric and trace two shapes on each yard of fabric,cut them out. You now have four pieces. Lay two of the same print fabric right sides together lining up the corners, pin and sew along the top 7" line.

Open it up and press the seams flat.  Do the same to the other two pieces.

Lay the material right face up and fold in half like the picture shows below.  Right sides facing each other.

Sew along the two outer edges and corner leaving a 5" opening along one of the sides.Don't sew the V shape in the center yet.

Do the same to the other purse piece.

Take one of the purse pieces and turn right side out and fit in inside, the other right sides will be facing each other.  Making sure the 5" openings are aligned.

Pin along the V shaped opening.

Sew all the way around the opening.

Turn the fabric right side out threw the opening.

Press the seem. 

Now topstich all the away around the seem you just pressed.

Also don't forget to finish the 5" opening lef for turning the purce.

The purse is almost done.  Grab the narrow part with your hand and slip one side in to the other. Like shown below.

Make sure the corners are lined up inside the purse, place a pin through the layers of material. You will need to stich the purse halves into place.

You can tack it down at the place you marked with the pin or you can hand stich this spot.  If you like add a decorative button on the side to hold the layers together.  Do the same thing on the other side of the purse.

Now you are dun.  
Have fun with your new purce.

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