Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Scrap Happy Purse!!!

I loved the fabrics that my daughter and I used on the Quilt/Duvet cover and couldn't bare to throw away a useful scrap. So I made the ice pack cover out of scraps and loved it so much I had to make a Beach Bag/Scrap Happy Purse out of the remaining scraps! So sew your scraps of the same width together (no matter the length) and make a row at least 20" long. Make more rows and then sew each row together (like we did with the quilt/duvet cover) until you have 2 (20"W by 17"L) panels.
Now all you need is:
  • 2 (20" W by 17" L) front Scrap Fabric panels***plus 2 heavy fusible interfacing***
  • 2 (20"W by 17" L) lining ***plus 2 heavy fusible interfacing***
  • 1 (20W by 6" L) outer bottom panel ***plus 1 heavy interfacing***
  • 2 (17.5W by 6" L) outer side panels ***plus heavy interfacing***
  • 1 (20W by 6" L) lining bottom panel***plus 1 heavy interfacing***
  • 2 (17.5W by 6"L) Lining side panels ***plus heavy interfacing***
  • 4 (20"W by 6" L) straps***plus 2 heavy interfacing***
  • 2 (20"W by 16" L) pocket panel (this is folded over Length wise)
  • 2 (20"W by 8"L) Heavy fusible interfacing for pocket
  • Coordinating Thread
Step 1: Cut out fabric and interfacing. Iron interfacing to wrong side of fabric.
Step 2:For the Pocket panel fold and iron in half (wrong sides kissing). Then iron the interfacing on the wrong side of one side of the pocket panel. Sew across top of fold (this will help bind the two sides and finish the top edge. Place pocket on the lower half of the lining panel (matching sides and lower corners) and pin in place. Baste stitch around 1/4" outer border to tack down pockets. Then mark with sewing pins 3 sections for the pockets. Sew down to make pocket sections (as pictured). Repeat on other lining panel.
Step 3: For the straps, sew two strap strips together at one end (right sides kissing). Fold in half (right sides kissing) and sew 1/2" along edge. Attach a safety pin to one end and thread it through to the other end to turn inside out. Iron flat and repeat on second strap. Step 4: Sew close to the edges to give your straps a finished look. If desired, pleat strap ends for a cute strap look.

Step 5: Sew side lining panels to each side of lining bottom panel (right sides kissing with 1/2" seam allowance) and iron seams. Sew this new section to the lining panel making sure right sides are kissing and tops are lined up. When you get to the corners ease into them by hand pressing out the seam of your new section in an almost curving motion. This will help it ease into the corner. Attach the other lining side to the remaining side. Clip your corners as shown ans repeat on the front panels and side. Turn lining inside out and hand press seams.

Step 6: Sew straps down about 2" from the sides of front panels (use a 1/4" seam allowance)**make sure you do not twist straps***

Step 7: With handles inside, place turned lining inside front purse as pictured. Push all the way down and match top edges of lining to front purse. Making sure side panels are matched as well, sew 1/2" along top to combine. Leave a 2" opening on the middle side (make sure to sew back and forth to secure opening) for turning.

Step 8: Turn lining and outer sections so that right sides are showing. Push lining into bag and hand press seams. Sew as close to top edge for a finished look and to close your turning hole.
Waste Not Want Not with my Scrap Happy Purse!!!
Add a flower for pizazz :)
Have Fun, Be Creative and Look Fantastic!


  1. I adore those fabrics! You have such a great eye for color. I also wanted to let you know that I'm awarding you a lovely blog award on my blog today if you'd like to check it out.

  2. Thansk for the award! SWEET :)