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!
- Fabric Palette® Fat Quarters Quilt Bundle (I used the Splash Collection)
- Large White Craft Felt Sheet
- Purse Handle-Wood Look
- Magnetic Purse Clasp
- Slotted Long Nose Pliers
- Free Fat Quarter Purse Pattern
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.
Step 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.
Step 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).
Step 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.
Step 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.
Step 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!
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