My husband dropped the bomb on me today that Christmas is less than three weeks away. Currently, I’m knee-deep in patterns, projects, newly sculpted sewing pin designs, blog post updates, a possible big feature of the jewelry I make, and probably an existential crisis has worked it's way into my daytime hours too.
Did you break a sweat reading that, because I did writing it!
That being said, I’m also halfway through about 19,000 homemade gifts, and thought I’d offer a few gift ideas for you too! In addition to the multitude of baked and kitchen goods I’ll be working on, I have a lot of dry skin hand salves, perfume lockets, Victorian Walnuts, cardinal ornaments, and baby mice in walnut sleeping bags to make for adults and kids alike.
This little handbag tutorial is easier than it looks, because I’ve combined the structural interfacing with the interior fabric in the form of wool felt. Felt is stiff enough to give the bag shape and soft enough to act as the interior fabric, saving time and materials—not to mention it’s pretty!
To make your clasp purse, you’ll need:
- Wool Felt
- Purse Frame
- Exterior fabric (I used a Pink velvet fabric that is beautiful, but difficult to sew)
- Free Pattern (you may have to fiddle with printing percentages depending on your frame size)
- Basic sewing kit (learn to make your own needle book or sewing tin here)
Download and cut out your pattern. Cut out your fabric pieces, so that they mirror each other.
Pin your exterior fabric together right sides together and sew around the edge, leaving the top open.
Pin your felt pieces together and sew around the edge, leaving the top open (I used a hand back stitch, because my machine broke halfway through this project!)
Fit your felt inside your turned-out exterior fabric.
Align and pin your top pieces together (I had to trim going along, because the velvet shifted quite a bit in my sewing machine).
Use a back stitch to affix your bag to the handles, making sure to pass your needle evenly through both pieces of fabric with every stitch.
Tie off your thread and you’re finished!
These would be cute for any ladies in your life who enjoy dainty purses!
If you use the pattern and make one, please tag me on Instagram @cinderellasews or add a photo to the “tried it” section of Pinterest! Happy stitching!