The Different Strategies in Making Sewing Purse
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The Different Strategies in Making Sewing Purse

The Different Strategies in Sewing Purse

The Different Strategies in Sewing Purse

Well, there’s a lot of way for you to sewawesome purse. It’s not only convenient to carry, but you might also be so proud using one that you originally created. So, if this suits you, read below so you can learn some tips and helpful guides for your sewing career.

If you are looking to have a new purse, replace your hand bags, or get rid of your old wallets, this design and method that we are going to present to you would actually help you to make those handy things that you’ve been looking for. You will not just learn and save money at the same time, but you can also enjoy making some new things. In fact, you might be excited to share it your love ones so they, too, can enjoy the knowledge and skills that you just acquired.

Simple Purse Designing

Let’s start talking about designing first. From here, you will be choosing the design that you want to make and consider stuff like who’s going to use this bag, purse or wallet. Now, if you are going to use this thing for a male or for a female, you can always go for a unisex design. But, of course, it will always be up to you.

Introducing the Graphic Black-and-White Purse, courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

A diagram for graphic black and white purse.(Picture from

Materials that you need:

  • 2/3 yard black-and-white print (bag body)
  • 2/3 yard black polka dot (bag lining)
  • 2-8-1/8x4" bag handles. Finished bag: 20x9" without handles Quantities are for 44/45"-wide, 100% cotton fabrics. Measurements include 1/2" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

Fabrics that needs to be cut:

  • Cut pieces in the following order.
  • From black-and-white print, cut: 1-21" square
  • From black polka dot, cut: 1-21" square

Creating the Bag

  • Fold black-and-white print 21" square in half with right side inside to make a 21x10-1/2" rectangle.
  • Referring to the red broken lines on Diagram 1, sew 4" of each pair of side edges together to make bag body.
  • Clip seam allowances at sewn corners (Diagram 2, left-hand side). Press side seams open; press under seam allowances of unsewn portions of side edges (Diagram 2, right-hand side). Turn bag body right side out.

Assemble Bag Lining

  • Using black polka dot 21" square, repeat Assemble Bag Body steps to make bag lining, but do not turn lining right side out.

Assemble Bag

Assemble diagram for graphic black and white purse bag.(Picture from

  • Insert bag lining into bag body with wrong sides together. Align the side seams, the folded side edges, and the raw top edges; pin.
  • Referring to Diagram 3, topstitch a bag body folded side edge to a bag lining folded side edge, stitching 1/4" from folds. Repeat with remaining folded side edges.
  • Zigzag or serge the raw top edge of bag body to raw top edge of bag lining (Diagram 4). Repeat with remaining raw top edges to make bag.

Finish Bag

  • Turn bag wrong side out. Fold 1-5/8" of a bag top edge over lower bar of handle toward lining (Diagram 5), allowing enough ease for handle to move freely and for the gathers to be distributed across bar. Hand-baste bag edge to lining. Attach zipper foot to your sewing machine. (The zipper foot enables you to sew close to handle.) Stitch through all layers, 1/4" from bag edge,movinggathers along handle as you sew (see Editor's Tip, next page). If desired, omit machine stitching and hand-stitch bag edge to lining.
  • Repeat Step 1 with remaining handle and remaining bag edge to complete bag.


Alvin is a fashion and lifestyle writer who has recently earned interest in sewing his own clothes. Writing for Sewing Ideas gives him another avenue to express his experiences and learning in his sewing journey.

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