Sunday, February 24, 2013

Sewing Report - small purse, part 1

I am working on my second project of 2013.  In my 2012 recap (here), this is what I called the "cute little purse project" (click here for the link):

I had to trace the purse pattern twice so I could fit both pieces on one piece of upholstery sample fabric a friend had gifted me.  I used the upholstery fabric for the outside, and leftover pillowcase fabrics for the inside:

You can see the pockets attached to the lining here:

I used fusible fleece to strengthen the purse fabric.  That was too heavy for the upholstery fabric, so I should have used a fusible woven or knit instead:

Below the dot (seen in the picture below), the bag pieces are stitched together and the lining pieces are stitched together.  Above the dot, the bag pieces are stitched to the lining pieces to form the handles.  I probably could have gotten the stitching closer if they layers hadn't been so thick (fleece and upholstery fabric):

The turning right-side-out is enabled by an opening in the lining, and is shown mid-process:

The instructions tell to close the lining's opening with hand stitches, but not me!  I folded the edges in, pinned neatly, and used the sewing machine to edge-stitch it closed:

The next step is to turn and press the lining pieces under 1/4 inch.  I pinned these, pressed: them in place, and removed the pins:

The bag fabric handles are stitched together with a 1/2-inch seam.  After that, I turned under the edges of the heavy layers and pinned them.  I will let these rest for a day or two, leaving them to set the crease:

I will get back to this project soon, since it's holding up my sewing project queue!

1 comment:

  1. OOH! I like these! Thank you for the info, Mary. These might be a great project for the Sewing Group I mentor.


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