Yesterday, while I was perusing the purse section at Ross, I thought, “Maybe I should ask for a bright blue purse for Mother’s Day… or perhaps a yellow one…. or red? I don’t have a red purse.” The funny thing is, most days I carry The Everything Bag. Or a super neutral brown or white purse. But I seem to have a wandering eye for purses (and bedding, but that’s another story)- I am always on the lookout for a new one.
In case you have that same problem (ahem, Chrissy!), or, better, if your mom loves purses too, this little green and white handbag would make the perfect gift for Mother’s Day. And it’s a pretty quick project (even better, right?).
-green and white vinyl (less than half of a yard of each one)
-liner fabric (about a yard, maybe less)
-2 large D Rings
-sewing machine and supplies
For the exterior-
Make a template using a 12×12 piece of paper (just draw diagonal lines and round the corners until it is the size and shape you want- mine was the full 12″ wide on the bottom, 10″ wide at the top and 12″ tall). Cut the template in three pieces.
Line up the pressed fold of the liner fabric with the traced line of the vinyl (right sides facing each other. Pin in place. Sew along the traced line.
Cut a 1″ wide strip of fabric to use as your piping cover (mine was lo-ong- around 48″ I think). Tuck your piping in the middle of the strip of fabric.
Pin around the perimeter of the purse (make sure the pleats are pinned closed.
Sandwich the trapezoid/rectangle/trapezoid piece along the outside of the purse piece and the piping and pin in place. Trim excess fabric and stitch in place. You’ll have to pleat the vinyl a couple of times along the way to make it sit right.
For the lining-
Cut two ‘purse’ shapes using the pieced-together template(you can also cut out your lining pieces before you cut the template into pieces). Cut one 4″ x 18″ rectangle. Cut two trapezoids with a 4″ base and a 2″ top. They should each be 8″ tall. Sew together with the rectangle in the middle and the trapezoids on each end (match up the 4″ edges). Sorry there’s no picture of this part- basically your long middle piece is a skinny rectangle with trapezoids on each end.
Pin the purse piece to the trapezoid-and-rectangle strip. Along the rounded edges, fold over to make little pleats and sew in place. Repeat on the other side, leaving a 5″ gap on the bottom edge of one side (you’ll use this to turn the purse right side in).
For the handles-
Cut a 4″x48″ rectangle. Fold in half, right sides facing in, and sew up the open edge. Turn right side in and press flat with the seam running along the back side. Add two 2″ D rings on one end. Make the other end reach a point.
You now have your exterior shell (you may have to trim the top edge so that the sides and purse pieces are all even- at least, I had to), your handles and your lining pieces ready. Pull the lining around the outside of the exterior, right side of the lining facing the right side of the exterior.
Tuck your handle pieces in between the two and pin in place (make sure that when you turn this right side in, the seam side of the handle faces the inside and the finished top edges faces the outside- I mocked flipping it right side in to figure out how to pin).
Sew around the entire top edge. Pull purse right side in through gap in the bottom of the lining. Tuck excess fabric back from gap back into hole and top stitch along the bottom edge of the lining, closing the gap (check first to make sure the handles are correct- fix if needed).
DONE! Preppy, pleat-y, piped goodness in one little bag!
Side note- do you have a wandering eye for purses? Shoes? Bedding? What’s the thing that you can’t get enough of?