Free Purse Pattern and Tutorial {Sew-a-bration of Womanhood}

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To me one of the things that signifies becoming a women is responsibility… you don’t have that as a kid or even much as a teen.. but becoming a women means becoming responsible and with that comes stuff! Whether work stuff or kids stuff I find myself carrying a lot around and I’m always on the lookout for the perfect bag/purse.  So to celebrate women everywhere today I’ve designed my perfect purse and I’m sharing the free pattern with you!  Welcome to my free purse pattern and tutorial post, celebrating women!
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Free Purse Pattern
So… I’ve been looking for the perfect purse pattern…I looked at the Craftsy online pattern store and just didn’t see what I wanted. I do love the selection of fabric that they have though! Great deals!
So back to the perfect purse… I need lots of room, pockets, zippers, and straps just the right length! My phone needs a pocket right on the outside with a zipper so I don’t lose it. purse5
I sat down and sketched out what I was looking for… Want to make one like this? I’m sharing the FREE Purse Pattern today! Go here and grab the free Pattern.  Tape the pieces together as the sketches show. Choose your fabric.
You will need 1 yrd. of two fabrics. I used a quilting cotton {the circles} and a wind-breaker type coated fabric {the green} I also had a scrap of pink fake leather that I used… but if I did this again, I would not use the leather. I used the green for the inside pieces and the circles for the outside… and then accents of both… You also need 2 6″ small zippers {for outside pockets} and one long 20″ zipper for inside pocket, some fold over elastic, 1 magnetic snap, purse strapping of your choice and two bags rings of your choice {optional}
1&2.  Cut out your pattern pieces figure out what fabric you want to use for each piece. For the side panels you want to measure the curved side of the bag, use that as the height, then make it 4 inches wide. For bottom piece do the same. Measure the two main large sides and two end to get the perimeter… cut your bottom this size. If you are using leather cut one inch larger on all sides. If just using the same fabric cut two identical pieces..
3.  Prepare the end pockets. I used fold over elastic to gather the top of the pocket.  Put pleats on the bottom edge and match the sides. tack down all the sides. I only put a gathered pocket on one end of the purse outside. You can put one on both ends if you want.
4.  Sew a short zipper to the top side of each side pocket and top-stitch on the front.
Free purse pattern
1. Center the side pockets and sew the other side of the zipper to the purse side. Sew to both sides.
2. Flip the pocket down and it should look like #2.
3. Prepare the purse lining pocket. I put a zipper pocket on one of the large sides. Sew long zipper to inside pocket piece, top-stitch then sew zipper to purse lining piece.
4. Pre-pare two purse lining end pieces by adding a gathered pocket same as the one on the outside. I use these pockets for sunglasses and keys!
Free Purse Pattern
1. Add the straps. If you want to add rings to one side  loop the straps over at the top and pin in place before you sew. Enclose the side pocket edges with your straps and place on angle as pattern directs. Top-stitch along edges of strap to secure to bag.
2. Repeat with other strap and then the other side. Second side has no rings, just one long strap with both ends secured to the purse. Add a length of strapping to both rings, make sure it is the same length as the full strap.
3. Start assembling the bag inside by sewing on the two end pieces. Right sides together, pin and sew along bag curve.
4.  Attach the fourth side {you can see I added one other small pocket to this side} You now have a rectangle all connected, but no bottom.Free purse pattern
1. Place right sides together and sew bottom on, keeping the corners as square as you can
2. outside view of lining bottom.
3. If I was sewing this bag again I would repeat the same now for the outside. Sew all four sides together and add a green coated fabric bottom. However, I wanted to add a leather bottom. To do that, cut a bottom piece 1″ larger on all sides. Mark the actual size on the leather.
4. Cut the corners at an angle and pin around. I might also just cut the corners and sew right sides together to create the sides.
Free Purse Pattern
1. Pin the leather bottom, wrong side of leather to right side of purse… sew with a walking foot. {even with a walking foot my leather still stretched and made the sewing difficult, which is why I don’t think I would do it again. Do you have any tips for sewing pleather?
2. I also stitched one inch down from the top.
3. you now have a shell outside and inside with raw top edges and finished bottoms.
4. Its now time to put the two sides together. Place the right sides of the lining and purse together and sew a long the top of the two short ends of the purse. Free Purse Pattern
1. Flip the purse so the lining is now inside the bag. The long sides are still open.
2. Stitch 3/4 of an inch from the edge of the bag.
3. Thread a 6″ piece of elastic through the casing and pull until it’s gathered as you would like.
4. Secure the elastic with stitching on both ends. I secured it right next to the straps.Free Purse Pattern
1-3. put the magnetic clasp on both sides of the purse lining. Reinforce on the backside.
4.  I put some spray adhesive on the bottom of the lining and stuck it to the inside bottom of the purse {the leather} I don’t know if this did anything…. but it has stayed together well. I think this step is optional.Free Purse Pattern
1. sew all four curved seams to secure the lining to the purse outside. I lined up the seams and pinned. Sew on the outside of the purse to attach the two pieces together.
2. Fold the long sides of the purse in, pin and top-stitch the long side of the bag.
3. Add some pleather or other fabric to the center of the straps. Free Purse Pattern
and… I think that’s it!!! I’m super excited about this and I hope that this free purse pattern will be used many times! Please let me know if you have any questions about the pattern or if you make a bag I’d love to see photos!!!
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Emily is a stay at home mom to two crazy boys {which she adores} , one equally crazy daughter and one amazing husband. She loves to sew, but also dabbles in crafting and recipes. Her faith, friends and family keep her going and motivated. Come along for the ride!

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  1. Gorgeous bag and gorgeous Mumma, you’re the picture of summer.
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  2. LOVE LOVE LOVE this! One of the best gifts I have ever received was a homemade bag. It was so unique and cute and one of a kind that it made me want to learn how to become a better seamstress! Great bag!

  3. You are so talented Emily! My mind is spinning just reading this. I’m lucky if I can sew a duvet cover – you know, 3 long straight lines :-)

  4. Super cute! Love how it turned out. Pinned!
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  5. Emily this purse is so gorgeous! If I had the time and patience I would totally make one haha. Pinned! :)
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  6. Emily, I love this purse pattern, I’m going to try making it…its beautiful.!!!

  7. I love this purse, and especially the happy fabrics you chose…… :)
    hugs x, Crystelle
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  8. Love this… pinning
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  9. Thanks for the awesome free pattern Emily!!
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  10. Super cute bag made with lovely fabric!!

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  11. Ooo! I love it! Pinned! :)
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  12. I love this purse pattern! Though I am not much of a purse wearer, I think about all the things I could carry in it! The fabulous colors make it fun and bright. Great work and thank you for participating.
    With Love,

  13. Super cute! Thanks for sharing. Pinned.

  14. Allison says:

    Hi! I was really hoping to make this bag tonight, but I’ve run into a couple of snags. I’m sure it’s some error on my part, but I can’t seem to figure it out. Is the pattern supposed to be printed at 100%? I have scaling off, yet it is printing out at a visibly much smaller size than your finished bag. When I print at 125% it looks more similar, but it is also cutting off parts of the pattern. Also, is there not a pattern piece for the side panels? I hope you can help! I have the perfect fabric and webbing. :) Thanks!

  15. What are the finished dimensions of the bag? It’s super cute can’t wait to make it

  16. Love your bag, Emily – bright, fun fabric and lots of pockets!!! To sew leather, I use a teflon presser foot and a leather needle.
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    I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding know-how so I wanted to get guidance from someone with experience.
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  18. They can add lace, fringe, leather strips, and an endless array of
    beads to make it uniquely theirs. Exclusive designer bags
    are also widely available to those rich and sophisticated women. The net saree
    is totally ethnic in looks with the mirror patches, bandhini patches,
    bugle beads and stones that decorate it.
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  19. Hi Emily

    Wow, your bag is amazing! So functional yet so fun and funky with that gorgeous fabric. Thank you so much for the tutorial and the free pattern.
    I have just started to teach myself to sew and I found your blog through the Threading My Way linky party.

    Michelle :o)


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