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Sewing Purse

Materials Included In Your Kit
• • • • • • • • 2 small pieces of complementary fabric for centre panel, side panels, closure and top binding. 1 piece fabric for lining at least 10” x 14” 1 small piece of wool felt at least 9” x 3” 26” x Ric Rac 6” x 15mm elastic I matching button 1 metal snap closure (18mm) I piece wadding at least 10”x 14”

Materials/Equipment Needed
• • • • Basic sewing kit No. 8 Perle cotton or embroidery cotton for quilting Large eye sharp needle for quilting (ie Chenille or Sashiko needle) Pinking shears

Please read through all the instructions before you begin.

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1. From the centre panel fabric cut the centre panel 1 (12¼” x 5”) 2. From side panel fabric cut the side panels 2 (12¼” x 2¼”) 3. From the side panel fabric or the centre panel fabric (see kit contents) cut the closure 1 (5½”x 2¼”) 4. From the woolfelt cut the closure lining 1 (5” x 2¼”) and the needle holder 1(3¼” x 2¼”) 5. From the side panel fabric or the centre panel fabric (see kit contents) cut the binding strips 2 (2¾””x 8½”) 6. From the lining fabric cut a piece to match the size of the 3 panels sewn together as in Diagram 1.

1. Sew the side panels to the centre panel along the longest edges using ¼” seam allowance. Press seam allowances. See diagram 1.

Diagram 1

2. Take your wadding and centre the sewn panel on top of it. Baste or pin the two pieces together. 3. Using the large eye needle and Perle cotton quilt the centre panel only as desired. You can follow the pattern on the fabric or mark your own quilting lines. 4. Cut the Ric Rac in half. Centre each piece over the panel seams and sew in place. 5. When you have finished quilting trim the edges of the wadding so it’s the same size as you top panel. 6. Fold your panel in half width wise with right sides together. Sew down both sides using a 3/8” seam allowance. See diagram 2.

Diagram 2.


Take the lining piece. Fold it in half right sides together. On both sides make a mark 3½” up from the bottom fold. Take your elastic and cut it in half. Fold each

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piece in half and pin it in place at the mark you’ve made.. The elastic loops should be between the right sides of the fabric. Adjust the size to suit. 8. Now sew the sides of the lining with a ½” seam allowance. The larger seam will help the lining fit more snugly. 9. Take the corner of the purse where the bottom meets the side seam. Push the corner out flat to form a triangle. Measure 1” from the point of the triangle and mark. Now sew.. Repeat for the other side. (See diagram 3)

Diagram 3.

10. Repeat step 9. for the lining. Then place the lining inside the purse. 11. Check that the top of the lining and the top of the purse are even if the lining is too long you may need to trim it slightly. 12. Take the two binding strips sew them together to along the short edge form one strip (use ¼” seam allowance). Fold the strip in half lengthwise and press. Press under two remaining short edges ¼”. 13. Pin the raw edges of the purse, lining and the binding together. Line the seam of the binding with one of the seams of the purse as you pin. You may need to adjust length of you binding at the ends to fit the top of the purse so the folded edges meet at the other seam. Now sew (with ¼ seam). 14. Take the felt needle holder and use the pinking shears to trim three edges. Leaving one long edge untrimmed. Centre the felt on inside of the purse (back) and tack it to the top seam lining up the edges. 15. Fold the binding over the top seam and slip stitch it down to the lining just below. Securing the felt needle holder as you stitch. 16. Finally, ladder stitch the small folded edges of the binding together.

Finishing Touches
1. Take the closure and the closure lining. Place then right sides together and sew around three sides using ¼” seam. (See diagram 4.) 2. Trim the corners and trim the felt edge from ¼” to ⅛”

Diagram 4.

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3. Turn the felt closure right sides out. You will have ½” excess of fabric on the bottom. Tuck this inside the opening so you have a neat, even edge. 4. Centre the closure (felt side down) on the back of the purse. 5. Sew two lines of stitching across the bottom edge of the closure around ¼” apart. This will hold the closure in place. Make sure the ends of your stitching are secure 6. Centre part of your metal snap closure on the front of the purse and sew in place. 7. Centre the other part of your metal closure on the underside of the closure and sew in place. 8. Centre the button on the front of the closure over the metal snap and sew. 9. Secure the elastic thread holders to the side seam with a few back stitches. 10. Finally use some of the leftover fabric to make a small Suffock Puff . Sew this on the inside of the purse to hide the exposed stitching that holds the metal snap to the front of the purse..

Congratulations you’ve finished your sewing purse!

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