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This free sewing pattern makes it easy to sew up a quick purse from sturdy corduroy fabrics. Combine bold colors from your fabric stash to keep it working all season long. Plus the easy sewing how-tos for the free purse pattern will have you stitching up more than one!
by Ellen March
Make a quick purse that's shaped by the strap. Choose coordinating corduroy fabrics for a durable exterior and a fun fabric print for the lining.
Download the purse pattern HERE; print two copies. Cut one purse body and one purse front.
From the lining fabric, cut one purse body and one purse front.
From fabric A, cut one purse body.
From fabric B, cut one purse front.
From the strap fabric, cut four 4 3/4"x18 3/4" rectangles.
Use 1/2" seam allowances unless otherwise noted.
Align two strap rectangles with right sides together. Stitch one short end, and then zigzag-finish the seams independently; press open. Repeat to piece together the remaining rectangles. Align the two resulting rectangles with right sides together. Stitch one short end, and then zigzag-finish the seams; press open.
Fold one strap end 1/4" toward the wrong side; press. Fold the strap in half lengthwise with right sides together. Stitch the long raw edge; press open the seam. Turn the strap right side out using a chopstick or tube-turning tool. Press the seam toward the strap center. Insert the strap raw end into the folded end, aligning the seamlines and making sure the strap isn't twisted. Stitch close to the fold through all layers. Stitch again 1/4" from the previous stitching (1).
TIP: Cut the strap rectangles with the corduroy wales perpendicular to the rectangle long edges for ease in turning.
With right sides together, stitch the fabric A and lining-purse body perimeter, leaving a 3" opening along the lower edge for turning. Turn the body right side out; press, folding the opening seam allowance to the wrong side.
Stitch the fabric B and lining purse-front perimeter with right sides together, leaving a 3" opening along the lower edge for turning. Turn the front right side out; press, folding the opening seam allowance toward the wrong side.
Pin-mark the body and front lower-edge center. Align the strap stitching line that's closer to the fold with the body lower-edge pin. Pin the strap long edge to the purse perimeter from the lower edge to each flap foldline (2).
Stitch the strap to the body using a 1/4" seam allowance, closing the opening with the stitches.
Position the front over the body with right sides together and lower-edge centers aligned. Pin the front to the opposite strap long edge. Stitch the strap to the front using a 1/4" seam allowance, closing the opening with the stitches.
Turn the purse right side out; topstitch the flap curved edge (3).
Download the purse pattern here and find the instructions in the latest Sew It All Volume 6 magazine.
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