I heart fabric remnants. While perusing the remnant shelf at a nearby craft and fabric store, I was excited to find some designer fabrics at a fraction of the original cost. So I bought some. They then sat in a cupboard awaiting use.
Today, my friends, I used them. It was a simple dream, a purse that would be reversible and cute for summer.
So I started...
2 contrasting fabrics approximately 33" square of each.
Purse "rings" or Glamor "rings"
Thread for your machine.
Cut strips out of each fabric for the bottom and sides, measuring approximately 5 inches longer on each side than the height of the purse sides. (For my purse, they were 33 inches).
Cut the shoulder strap as long as you want - 33" - 36" is usually a good length. 5 - 6" wide
With RIGHT sides together, sew the side/bottom strip to the contrasting purse panel, repeat so both sides are sewn on. Be sure to leave 5 inches length above purse panel. Repeat with other 2 purse panels and contrasting side/bottom strip.
Step 4 (this is where it gets REALLY tricky)
Fitting one finished panel inside the other, with RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER, sew together with 1/4 inch seams. Leave top of one of the side strips open.
Turn purse right side out by pulling through side strip opening.
Step 6 - Shoulder Strap
Fold strap in half with RIGHT sides together and stitch together along edge. Turn right side out and press.
Step 7 - Finishing
Smooth purse sides together, stitch around top of purse, 1/8" from edge. Fold side strips over around purse rings and fasten using double stitch. Do the same with the shoulder strap, ensuring that it's not twisted.
TA DA! A Purse!!