6.  Inside divided pocket – Cut piece 13 ½ inches x 14 ½ inches for inside pocket piece and cut a piece of interfacing the same size.  Iron on the interfacing and then fold the piece lengthwise. The folded side will be the top of the pocket.  If you have a serger, serge along the unfinished 14 ½ inch edge of folded piece.  This will make it easier to turn under about ¼ of an inch and press.   

7.  Pin the divided pocket to the inside of one of the purse body pieces about 3 inches from the bottom.  Sew the pocket down the middle and across the bottom only on one side of the divided pocket.  Keep the other half of pocket loose and fold over the sewn down pocket half to keep it out the way while you work of the outside pocket.  Turn the purse body piece over to the outside.

8.  Pin the cell phone pocket to the front of the purse on the side where the inside pocket has not yet been sewn.  Then sew the edge of the phone pocket down that is closest to the middle dividing stitch of the inside pocket.  You should be sewing close to but not on or over the middle dividing stitch of the inside pocket.  Do not sew across the bottom of the cell phone pocket. 

9.  Turn the purse body back to the inside to work on the 2-section inside pocket.  Fold the outside cell phone pocket out of the way and then sew the unsewn section of the inside pocket along the bottom edge.

10.  Flip the purse body back to the right side and sew the bottom and unattached side of the cell phone pocket.

18.  Strap – You can purchase webbing for your strap or you can make your own.  Webbing is now available in an assortment of colors and is strong enough for a strap.   Using webbing will save you time.  Decide how long you want your strap to be.  You could measure a purse you already like and use those measurements.  If you decide to make your own strap, cut a strip of fabric the length you need.  Make sure it is wide enough to turn under one edge and overlap the other edge for a clean finish.  You will also need a strip of batting to stabilize the strap.  After enclosing the batting in the fabric for the strap, just sew several rows of stitching lengthwise down the strap and you will achieve a sturdy strap for your bag.  Attach the ends of the strap to the purse about 1 ¼ - 1 ½ from the edge of the purse and about the same distance from the top.

19.   Sides and bottom of purse – Unzip the zipper and with right sides together, sew the sides and bottom of the purse using a one-half inch seam allowance.  If you forget to unzip the zipper, you will not be able to turn the purse to the right side.  Do not turn to the right side yet.  You have one step left to complete.

20.  Square the bottom – Match the side seam to the seam at the bottom of the bag.  Stitch in place across the triangle about 2 inches from the point.  Do the same for the other side seam.  Turn the purse to the right side and check to see if the outside pockets now sit close to the bottom edge of the purse.  If you don’t like the placement, turn the purse back to the inside and adjust the placement of the stitches across the triangle.  Then by hand, sew the points of the corners to the bottom seam to hold the triangles in place.  

Tutorial for Making a Simple Purse without a Pattern

For additional information read blog dated April 1, 2017 at chickenlittlesews.blogspot.com

For this project I used double sided quilted fabric.  I did not have any in my stash, so I decided to make my own.  You could obviously save time if you used purchased double sided quilted cotton.  If  you choose to make your purse using this option, skip to step no. 6 to begin your purse.

Supplies:  For the body of purse if you use purchased double sided quilted fabric -  ½ yard or if you are quilting your own double sided fabric – ½ yard for outside & ½ yard for inside of purse.    You will also need some smaller pieces of fabric for the pockets.   I used the same fabric for the inside pockets as I use for the inside of the purse and the same fabric for the outside pockets as I used for the outside of the purse.  However, you may choose to use a coordinating fabric instead.  Just make your decision and have the fabric ready when you begin.  You will also need some iron-on interfacing available to use to stabilize the pockets.  Read through all the following steps before beginning.  Then you will be able to compare the measurements for each pocket to the fabric you intend to use to ensure you have enough.                 

1.   Outside of purse – Cut 2 pieces of fabric 14 ½ inches x 14 inches.  The 14 ½ inch side will be the bottom of the purse.

2.  Inside of purse – Cut 2 pieces of fabric the same measurements as step no. 1.

3.  Stabilizer – Cut 2 pieces of batting the same measurements as step no. 1. 

4.  Place 1 piece of stabilizer between 1 outside piece and 1 inside piece, wrong sides together.  Now you have the 2 sections of the purse ready to quilt.

5.  Cross hatch each of the 2 sections.  If you are not familiar with cross hatching, it is simply sewing sets of two parallel lines that cross each other.  There are a number of ways to set up the cross hatch.  I sewed my first line from one corner to the corner diagonally opposite it.  Then I sewed the next line ¾ inch from the first and kept moving over ¾ inch for each new line.  After I covered the piece with lines going in one direction, I turned the fabric and sewed lines that crossed the first set.   This is much easier to do if you have something on your sewing machine that keeps you at the same distance between the lines.  I used the quilting marker that came with my machine.  However, it would be easy to use the widest machine foot you have and just move over the width of the foot each time.  This will keep your stitching straight.

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11.  Pocket for inside of second purse body piece – Cut pocket fabric piece 10 inches x 7 inches.  Cut a piece of interfacing the same size.  Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of pocket piece.  Fold the 10 inch side in half so the pocket piece now measures 7 inches x 5 inches.  The fold will be the top of the pocket.  Pin the pocket piece to the inside of the purse body piece about 4 ½ inches from the bottom and centered on the piece.  The sides of the pocket should be about 4 inches from each side of the purse body piece.  Sew down each side and bottom of the pocket.

12.  Outside zipped pocket – Cut one piece 9 inches x 14 inches and one piece of interfacing the same size.  Also cut another piece of the pocket fabric 9 inches x 4 inches and cut another piece of interfacing the same size.  Iron on the interfacing to both fabric pieces.  Fold each piece in half so that the bottom piece measures 9 inches x 7 inches and the top piece measures 9 inches by 2 inches.  If you have a serger, you can serge the unfinished edge of both the bottom and top pocket pieces.  It is not necessary to do this, but either serging or doing a zigzag stitch on this edge will give you a clean finish under the zipper. 

13.  Install the zipper on bottom pocket piece – Place the right side of the zipper down along the unfinished or serged edge of the bottom pocket piece.  Make sure the end of the zipper tape is place at the side edge of the pocket.  This will allow room to turn under the pocket when you attach it to the purse body.  Pin your zipper from the bottom to the top.  If your zipper is too long, you can cut off the excess of the zipper when you reach the other side edge of the pocket.  Just be sure the zipper pull is away from the edge and on the pocket so it will not come off when you cut.  Sew the zipper about midway between the zipper teeth and the edge of the zipper.  Flip over the zipper so the zipper teeth are up.  Smooth the pocket fabric so it is close to the teeth and sew from the right side. 

14.  Install the zipper onto the top pocket piece – Repeat step 13 to install the zipper onto the top pocket piece.

15.  Finished zipper pocket – Place the pocket onto the outside of the purse body piece about 2 ½ inches from the bottom of the bag and centered over the inside pocket.  Sew down all four sides of the pocket. 

16.  Shaping the purse body -  Find the center at the top of one of the body pieces.  Measure 6 inches from the center to the right and mark it.  Now place a ruler at the bottom corner on that side and angle up to the 6 inch mark.  Cut from the corner up to the 6 inch mark.  Repeat the process to find the 6 inch mark on the left side of the top center mark.  Then place a ruler from the corner on that side up to the 6 inch mark and cut.  This will give some shape to your purse.  The top will be 12 inches and the bottom will still be 14 ½ inches wide.

17.  Install the zipper into the purse – Use the instructions in step 13 to install the zipper.