Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Little purse tutorial

I've tried to be thorough in my instructions at the same time  trying not to make this too photo heavy.
These purses finish at around 8" wide by 4 1/2" tall. I made two at the same time so the pictures may show either one.
First make a template out of cardboard by drawing two 8" diameter circles that overlap in the middle. Radius is 4" of course. Draw a line on each side to connect them and cut out.
You can make the one with the squares by cutting 24 x 2 1/2" squares and sewing them together in rows of four.
Cut a lining fabric and batting the same size, sandwich and quilt however you desire.
Place the template on top , draw around and cut out. For the one with squares, I centered the template using the seams as a guide.
Place pins at the half way mark on the sides.
Cut two strips of fabric on the bias, 2" wide and long enough to go around from one halfway point to the other. Press in half and sew to the top of the bag, backstitching at the begining and end.

Hand sew the binding to the back just a thread width beyond the stitching.
Place a pin at the middle and 3" either side on both sides of the bag. I use an oversized zip at least 20" ( 51cm) long.
Pin one side of the zip to the bag from one pin to the other as in the photo. Hand sew the binding edge to the zip and repeat for the other side. You can click on these photos for close ups to see which way to orient the zip.
That doesn't look too hard for zipper phobics now does it?
For the side that has the tail end of the zip,  fold  the sides  in to the middle, first holding the zip back out of the way, make sure  the binding edges meet snuggly together all the way to where the zip is sewn on. Rule a line 1 1/2" fom the point.
Pin the the zip back in place and sew on the line, backstitching at the begining and end.
For the other side with the head end of the zip, first close the zip and then make sure the binding edges meet inside, pin, mark and sew as before.
Trim 1/4" beyond the stitching on both sides.
Cut two pieces of lining fabric, 3 3/4" x 2" for tabs to cover the raw seams. Fold in half on the long sides and sew to the cut ends, zipper side underneath and on the same line as the previous stitching.
Turn the bag right side out and stich the binding edges together up to where the zip has been stitched previously to the binding. Do the same on both sides.
The tabs are now ready to be folded over the raw edges inside, pinned and hand stitched down.
Add some bling or other hardware to the zip end to make opening and closing easier and you're done.
Please feel free to use this pattern for personal use and share this pattern with friends but it is not to be sold.


I recieved a lovely gracious email from Rannveig about my little purse tutorial being the same as hers. Click here to see hers. It's purely coincidental as can happen and I applaud bloggers who keep an eye on these things.

Her one has the same shape and size and the zip is machine sewn in whereas mine is hand sewn. Her pattern is from a purse she had bought I think and mine came from a Japanese book but with changes made. I'll add a little note about this on the tutorial as soon as I have time. It's a very common purse and there are a lot of patterns out there the same or similar as we now realise.

106 comments:

Gerry said...

Janet, this is just the cutest bag. I love it.
Just what I need.
{I can't begin another project !}

Hugs for the tutorial, Janet.
Gerry

wishes, true and kind said...

Those are really cute! And you make it look so easy :)

beth said...

lovely bags and clear instructions!
Thank you.

D-Carlton said...

wow, those are great. would make some great mother's day gifts. Thanks so much!

One Little Thread said...

these are really sweet and the instructions are great,
thanks, Alison

SandyN said...

Thankyou.... wonderful clear instructions. I LOVE it. Must make myself one, two or three.


Sandy N

Thimbleanna said...

Those are too stinkin' CUTE Janet! You're brilliant too -- I drew some goofy rounded shap when I made my little bag -- putting those two circles together is fabulous. THANK YOU!!!

Loris said...

Thank you, Janet! This is an adorable little bag. I love how you included the instructions for using small squares to piece together. I hope to give this one a try.

Amelia said...

Great tut! to the point and simple! Am seeing the is Kaffes....

Bloom said...

Thanks so much Janet! This is the best tutorial I've seen on making these little pouches. And yours are perfectly gorgeous.

Béa said...

Thank you Janet for another beautiful project and very clear instructions. I will try it soon.

Ginger Patches said...

Great tutorial! I will be making some of these cuties soon!!!

Miriam said...

Thank you for a great tutorial. The little purses are very cute!!

szkornelia said...

Great tutorial, and very clear. I never made anything like that but now I am eager to get home and try it. Thanks.

pamina said...

Big thank you for this tutorial, Janet, I will give a try !

Kathie said...

oh these are just so pretty Janet, love them both!
what a wonderful tutorial
thanks
Kathie

Marit said...

Lovely tutorial! Thank you!

LeKaQuilt said...

Hi Janet, Thank you for these greate tutorial!
I will try to make one :o)
Take care.

Shirley said...

Will have to try it it looks so good. Well done Janet.x

PatchCreationen said...

This lovely bags look very romantic !
I wish you a good time
Carola

Lissa Jane said...

Oh these purses are so darn cute!! thanks for the tutorial ( i need to finish stuffs before I even contemplate starting anything new)


Lissa

Lissa Jane said...

Oh these purses are so darn cute!! thanks for the tutorial ( i need to finish stuffs before I even contemplate starting anything new)


Lissa

Lissa Jane said...

Oh these purses are so darn cute!! thanks for the tutorial ( i need to finish stuffs before I even contemplate starting anything new)


Lissa

Stephanie said...

Absolutely cute. A girl can never have too many zippy pouches, right? Lots of photos are best. Thanks for sharing Janet.

Crispy said...

Thank you for the wonderful tutorial Janet!! I hope to test this out in the very near future :0)

Crispy

Kim D. said...

Adorable!! I need a new little coin purse.. Thanks for the tutorial.

Notjustnat said...

Thanks for the tutorial Janet. The bags are gorgeous. I like them both - Hugs Nat

alobsiger said...

THANK YOU, Janet! Your tutorial makes it look so easy! THANK YOU for sharing it with us!!!!! Can you tell I'm excited?!

Cathy said...

OH JANET, I have been looking for a little purse pattern like this for SO LONG, and now, here you have done it!!! THANKYOU so much, I will definately be making a few of these to give to friends. it's exactly what i have been looking for. Fabulous tute! xo

PatchworkRose said...

Just love that zipper treatment. You make it look so simple. Pattern is easier that the one I had. Thankyou for inspiring me to make another one :-)
Cheers
Lynne

Jackie said...

Janet, This is a great tutorial!! Thank you! It is such an adorable little purse.

caillou said...

thank you, adorable

Lori said...

You make it look so simple!!! Such cute bags, Janet.

be*mused jan said...

Thorough and clear instructions and photos. Thanks so much for putting the time into this, Janet!

D@isy said...

Gracias por compartir este excelente tutorial, saludos.

call me crazy said...

Thank you! I can't wait to try one! :-)

Carrie P. said...

Great little bags and I love the little jewels on the end of the zipper. Great tutorial too. Thanks for sharing.

Jenny said...

These are fabulous, thanks for the tutorial

Stina said...

Oh Janet.. these are the cutest pouches I have seen and I love the pearl hanger.. THANKYOU VERY much for making the tutorial.. Maybe even I can make one...some day..;o) even if I hate zippers..;o)

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Very cute! And great tutorial.

Michele said...

Beautiful tutorial! Thank you. Michele

Dolly said...

I think I actually understood that tutorial !
Thank you so much for taking all the time it took to post this. I bet you spur some real creativity now ! I hope I don't forget to try this one !

Annemiek said...

I am a zipper phobic! Last time I tried, I almost threw my sewingmachine ánd myself out of the window. These are not only terribly cute (and I need something new for my eye make-up)but very, VERY easy peasy!!
I'm going to buy a zipper asap!

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh thank you Janet! I love this! But you knew that didn't you!!!!

emy said...

Great tutorial!! Thank you so much!

Ciao!

MARGIT KREATIV said...

Hallo,

ich schreibe in deutsch..... das ist eine super bebilderte Anleitung.

Liebe Grüße
Margit

Wanda said...

OMGoodness! This is just the most beautiful and fun! Thank you for sharing...Can't wait to make one.

Kaaren said...

Even this zipperphobic might give it a try.

Gorgeous bags, Janet and an awesome tutorial! Thank you so much!

Sue-Anne said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I made a little purse very similar many years ago but it was nowhere as simple as that one to make. I will have to try your method.

Crystal Stanworth said...

cool, thanks!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you Janet! Adorable and great tutorial! I've got this on my short list!!

QuiltedSimple said...

Thanks for a wonderful tutorial! Can't wait to try it when we get home this weekend
kris

Carolyn said...

Thankyou so much-have gorgeous fabrics to make just that!!perfect timing

sewpam63 said...

Thanks for your easy to follow tutorial. : ) You make putting in a zip feel approachable, if not quite possibly doable...

CatherineD said...

My friend papillonvole sent me the address of your blog. I love this little purse ! I'll try to make it..
thank you very much fron Touraine, in France

Barb said...

hi Janet
thank you for the wonderful tutorial.
You make it look so easy!
I have a fear of zippers, maybe I can overcome it by trying one of these lovely bags
The striped bias is just perfect!

Elyte said...

What a great little project to use up scraps and give as gifts. Thank you I will make one very soon.

SewCalGal said...

Very cute. Excellent tutorial. This definitely goes in my list of favorite tutorials!

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

bettyp said...

Thanks for taking the time to make this tut for us !! I will be making these bags for sure!!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Super amazing cute and wonderful. Thank you for sharing. Love the fabric you used. I have some of one of those!

Mary said...

Thank you for the tutorial. You do such nice work.

Dixie said...

Great tutorial! I think I could actually install a zipper using your instructions. Thanks so much!

Metanoia said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I made one - http://www.flickr.com/photos/29577744@N06/4447734622/

Robin said...

Very cute bag! And your directions seem very clear. I'm really intrigued by the zipper... this technique is completely new to me. This is so going on my list. :)

Claudia said...

You've done it, you've really really done it! Thank you so much. Bye - I'm off, must get started! Greetings from Germany

imquilternity said...

Janet, thank you for the great tutorial for the wonderful bags...such attention to detail. I love it!

Annemiek said...

Made one! the bindings do not come together (my zip got in the way somehow) so my zip goes all the way to the bottom of the pouch. Nevertheless: I enjoyed sewing it very much and I'm doing another one with, hopefully, better results:)If I "fail" again, I'll have to sew 3!(or more, it's a bit addictive)

Cath Ü said...

brilliant little purse... thank you for this tut...

Cath's Blog

Cath Ü

~Marica~ said...

Thank you for a great tutorial on this little cute purse.. I have written it out and will try to make one or two this weekend...

sewplay said...

Beautiful purses. Thank you. Kathy

nicolette said...

Thanks so much, those purses and the tutorial are great!

Brenda said...

Beautiful purses. Just what I have been looking for. Not sure if I am up to making one or not. Might be a little out of my reach. I'll definetely be thinking about it though. Love your blog.

Lurline said...

They don't come any better than you, Girlfriend! Love yout taste in fabric, too - I have the gorgeous blue lattice bought in Berrimah years ago, I think!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Muddling Through said...

I've never made a little zipper bag, they always looked like more work than I wanted, but you're tempting me. Your design is so simple and yet beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

Kizzy said...

What a nice pattern. One more things i can use to make Christmas gifts, thanks

Carol & Eddy said...

This is such a lovely tutorial. Thank you so much for your effort and time.

Tazzie said...

Oh my goodness, these baggies are just adorable and I can definitely see some in my future.
Thank you so much for the amazing tutorial.
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

sue niven said...

truly a delight, thank you

Sonja said...

Nice!!! Thank you, Pam!
Very usefull for X-Mas presents;)

Sandra :) said...

I spotted a link to your tute just now @ tipnut.com and came over for a peek - this is absolutely lovely! Your fabrics are gorgeous, and your tutorial and photographs look VERY doable!

midnight hysteria said...

hi ...

i knew i saw something like this a while ago on a site, checked my bookmarks and lo, here it is:
http://timotei-timotei.blogspot.com/2009/10/myntpung-trinn-for-trinn.html

she's from norway and posted this tut 23 oct 2009 ... love the internet, eh?

Diane in VA said...

What a cute little bag and just perfect for holiday gift-giving. Thanks so much for sharing with us! This is one I will definitely try.

Peggy in TX said...

great tutorial.. i don't understand why people question about seeing this bag twice on the internet.. it's a very common bag and shows up in every Japanese quilt magazines!

Don't feel discouraged! It's great for you to share this info to quilters outside Asia!!

Peggy

Lutine Maïtena said...

thank you for your tuto. Il est très bien fait.
Merciiiii de france ^^

Coffeebean's Dailies said...

HI! I made this and would love for you to see it! Please go to my blog and have a look!

Alia

http://coffeebeansdailies.blogspot.com/2011/03/i-made-my-girl-little-purse.html

Unknown said...

I linked your tutorial in my blog. I think it's a great gift idea. :)

http://licenciaparacoser.blogspot.com

Ana

Anonymous said...

Thank You so much for Your clear tutorial! I just love these cute purses!
Kiitos - Thank You - from Finland, Saila

kay said...

Thanks a lot ! U made it looked so wonderfully easy and mine turned out great. Saved me one hundred $ learning how to make them in KL, Malaysia. luv u for sharing :)

Anonymous said...

Over zealous people who cry copy cat get on my nerves! There are only so many shapes and ways to make a pouch. There are many on the high street too. Should they all sue for copying?

Some people sew/knit 2 rectangles together call it 'their' pattern and start calling people out on copying. What is that all about? Do they think they are the almighty, the Great Creator or something and no one else can do as they have just by using their head?

A tutorial is handy as it saves others from having to think things out and sometimes we just cant'. Some tutorials are good as they explain clearly, others less so as they are not understandable. That is where and what the skill of a tutorial is and what I have paid for before.

Your pouch doesn't look the same - it is more intricate for one. For another the shape is available to all on the high street. Honestly!

RakelVT said...

Muy lindo tutorial gracias por compartirlo.

Besos desde Puebla,México

Bronte said...

Precioso, realmente precioso

Anonymous said...

Just a minor correction, the circumference is the distance all the way around a circle. The diameter is across the circle, the radius is half the diameter. So I presume this circle has a diameter of 8" and therefore a radius of 4". Sorry to be pedantic!

Janet said...

Thanks for the correction, I've fixed the mistake.

Anonymous said...

Hi there Janet. Thanks so much for this tutorial, it's wonderful!

I'm making one right now, but i'm new to hand sewing. For the part where you hand sew the binding to the zipper.

Do you just use a blind/ladder stitch from right to left, like you do to sew the binding to the lining? So, a liitle bit from the binding, then a little bit on the zipper on the other side, until you reach the second pin?

Wendy

virginie said...

Thank you for this very clear tutorial
I made it yesterday evening and i love it
I'd wand to make a french traduction on my blog with a ling to your blog, are you ok???

Anonymous said...

I love this little purse, am now making one for my sister for Christmas, after making one for myself a few months ago. Thanks for the tutorial and also to Tipnut for including it in their list.

Hugs
Daisy

Lebec E Girl said...

So very cute! I just love the little bags.

Julian Levi said...

I love this cute purse... thanks for sharing the tutorial... I am keen to try this..!
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LA MAGIA DE ARCAS said...

Es precioso y fácil. Animaré a mis amigas a hacerlo. Un gran abrazo. Raquel

Sylvie CADiot said...

Very nice, je l'aime beaucoup cette petite trousse, bonne journée

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Misti said...

You really should consider allowing pins from pinterest. You are missing out on a lot of traffic as I will not pin blog posts from 3rd party sites as this only benefits them.

Lúcia said...

Oi
Adorei

Beijos...
Lúcia

Jackson said...

While searching for Kate Spade Wristlet i found your website and it's really interesting. i will try to make one by my own. thanks for sharing.

Charo said...

You are a great teacher, very clear, I will do it very soon!
Thanks for sharing

Charo said...

You are a great teacher, very clear, I will do it very soon!
Thanks for sharing