Fat Quarter DIY Purse Tutorial

Looking for an easy tutorial to help you get comfortable with your sewing machine? You’ve come to the right place then! This Fat Quarter Purse Tutorial will guide you through the detailed steps to making your very own purse from assembling the free pattern to the final stitch. For you more seasoned sewers out there, use the free pattern as a jumping off point for endless additions and customizations!

Fat-Quarter-Purse-Crafts-UnleashedSupplies needed to make your own DIY Fat Quarter purse:supply2

Step 1. Cut out the Free Fat Quarter Purse Pattern. Assemble the Body piece by matching and taping the letters together. I’m using a 1/4″ seam for the majority of the pattern.

Fat-Quarter-Purse-Crafts-Unleashed-Assemble PatternStep 2. Use the pattern to cut out fabric pieces. Don’t forget that the Body and Pocket are suppose to be cut on the fold.

Fat-Quarter-Purse-Crafts-Unleashed- Cut FabricStep 3. Fold the Pocket piece in half (right sides facing in) and sew around the edge, leaving a 2″ gap in the seam so that you can flip right side out. Flip and press with an iron. Sew pocket into place in the center of one side of your lining. Sew the seam gap shut while sewing around the edges.

Fat Quarter Purse Tutorial - PocketStep 4. Iron 1/4″ of the Strap pieces inward. Fold piece in half and sew along the edge. Add a decorative stitch to the other side for symmetry. Repeat for the second Strap piece.

Fat Quarter Purse Tutorial - StrapsStep 5. Fold the Lining piece in half (right sides facing) and sew the edges together. Don’t forget to back stitch at the beginning and end to prevent the thread from coming undone. Pinch the bottom and sides flat to create the base of the purse. Sew along edge, making sure to leave a large gap in one of the sides to use when you’re flipping the purse right side out (step 9).

Fat Quarter Purse Tutorial - Lining SidesStep 6. Lay the Fabric Body piece over the Interfacing Body piece (I’m using felt in this example because I wanted a softer purse. Feel free to substitute with thicker interfacing if you want a more rigid form.) and fold in half (right sides facing.) Sew edges together. As in the step above, pinch the bottom and sides flat to create the base of the purse and sew along edge.

Fat Quarter Purse Tutorial - Purse SidesStep 7. Follow package instructions to attach magnetic snap. I used a small piece of felt on the back of the lining to help stabilize the snap (see step 7 picture.)

Fat Quarter Purse Tutorial - Add snapStep 8. Cut Strap pieces in half, insert into purse handle loops and sew in place on purse. Handles and straps should be facing downward. Insert the Fabric Body into the Lining body, match up the top edges, and pin in place. Sew around the edge.

Fat Quarter Purse Tutorial - Sew edgesStep 9. Use the seam gap you left in the lining to flip the purse right side out. Sew seam gap shut. Push the Lining into the purse and press the edges with an iron. Finish your purse by carefully sewing a thin stitch along the top!

Fat Quarter Purse Tutorial - FlipNot so bad, huh? Before you know it you’re going to be a sewing whiz! Let me know if you have any questions or if any of the instructions weren’t clear enough. I’d be happy to help!


About Vanessa

Vanessa is a self proclaimed sleep deprived mother of two adorable boys and when she has a little time to spare, she makes things and posts about them on her craft blog, Tried & True. If she’s not cooking, sewing, gluing or making, she would probably go crazy. Join her on her crafty adventure at triedandtrueblog.com.


    • Sarah {Crafts Unleashed Editor} says

      Hi Tara, at the beginning of the post, there is a supply list. Just click the last bullet point that says “Free Fat Quarter Purse Pattern” and a new window will pop up. Then you just print the sheets.

  1. JaneEllen says

    Very cute purse, love the fabric you made it with. Will have to try to find those fat quarters, maybe Jo-Ann’s or HL. Today would be good day to go thrift shopping and craft stores. Well any day is good for that but it’s dreary, lightly snowing so I get the urge to go thrifting especially.
    I’ve made purses out of burlap and lined with fabric so maybe can handle this one also. Great tutorial. Pinned this project, too good to forget. Happy weekend


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