Create a pretty and useful purse from offcuts of your favourite fabrics
You will need:
Finished size: 19 x 17cm
✤ 45 x 25cm rectangle of patterned fabric, lightweight wadding and plain fabric
✤ Cup or mug with an 8cm-diameter rim
✤ Sharp HB pencil
✤ Matching sewing thread
✤ 15cm metal glue-in purse frame
✤ Scrap of masking tape
✤ Strong textile glue
Geometric Planes Triangles, Geometric Triangles, Raindrops Pink, Aqua Blue Spots, Floral Border Mint fabric, £3-£3.75 per fat quarter, elephantinmyhandbag.com (01580 754 549). 15cm brass glue-in purse frame, £3.75, and Gutermann Textile Glue, £4.90, from Bag Clasps Ltd (01253 590 188; bag-clasps.co.uk).
Cut one 20cm square from patterned fabric for the purse. Place the rim of the cup or mug on one upper corner on the wrong side of the square.
Draw around the curve at the corner. Repeat on the opposite upper corner. Cut along the curved lines.
Use this purse shape as a pattern to cut another purse from patterned fabric, and two purses each from wadding and plain fabric.
Making the purse
Note: Take a 1cm seam allowance and stitch seams with right sides together and raw edges level.
1. Tack the wadding to the wrong side of the patterned purse shapes.
2. Pin and stitch the patterned purses together, starting and finishing on the side edges 12.5cm above the straight lower edge. Press the seam open.
3. To form the base, with right sides facing at one corner, match the lower end of the side seam to the end of the lower seam. Stitch at right angles across the seam, 2cm from the corner – the seam will be 4cm long.
Trim the seam allowance. Repeat at the other corner.
4. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 to make the lining from the plain purses, leaving a 10cm gap at the centre of the lower edge to turn through later.
Turn the patterned purse right side out and insert it into the lining, matching the seams.
5. Pin and stitch the upper edge of one purse and lining together, starting and finishing at the ends of the previous seam.
Repeat to stitch the other upper edge. Snip the curves. Pull the purse right side out through the gap in the lining. Slip stitch the gap closed.
Push the lining into the purse. Press the upper edges.
6. Stick a piece of masking tape to each section of the purse frame at the centre. Mark the centre on the tape with the pencil.
Mark the centre of the upper edges of the purse with a pin. Open the frame wide. Follow the glue manufacturer’s instructions to run a line of glue generously inside one channel of the frame.
Carefully apply glue to the opening edge of the purse front, starting and finishing 1.5cm above the intersection of the seams.
Leave to start to dry if instructed to do so.
7. Insert the opening edge into the frame channel, matching centres.
Carefully ease the purse into the channel as far as it will go using the tip of a scissor blade on the outside (see below) and then the inside of the purse.
Leave to dry then repeat on the purse back.