When Christie from A Lemon Squeezy Home announced her Purse Week, I knew exactly what I wanted to make. I had seen these chic diaper clutches on Babysteals, and I loved the angled look. I’d been wanting to make my own, bigger version for some time, and the Purse Week challenge was just what I needed to motivate me to get moving on it.
Pretty and feminine enough for when I get to go shopping by myself….or wandering dirt back roads in heels. Whatever.
We’re out of the full-on diaper bag stage, no longer needing room for lots of diapers, changes of clothing, and bottles. But we still need to pack the random toddler paraphernalia. This bag is big enough for our cloth diapers and wipes, but also not too bulky that I feel like it would need it’s own seat on an airplane.
I put in both a cell phone pocket and a zippered interior pocket, so that I could stash, and later find, my necessities among the kid stuff. I even added a key fob. This is one seriously functional bag.
And you can, too. I have the pattern and tutorial all ready for you here. Enjoy.
(update 11/2013: after having too many problems with Google Docs and then Drop Box, I’ve moved the pattern to Craftsy.com. You will have to sign up for an account, but it’s free and then you can access the pattern any time you want-again, for free. The link is my affiliate link and will take you directly to the pattern.)
Purse PDF Pattern Pieces
-1/2 yard main fabric
-1/2 yard lining
-1/2 yard interfacing or other stabilizer (I used fleece because I had it on hand and my other materials were thinner cotton so I needed something thick)
-2 Magnetic closure/snaps
Cell phone pocket:
-snap or Velcro, a closure of some sort
-9 inch zipper
-material for pocket lining—two 10*10 pieces
-10 * 1.5 inch strip of medium weight interfacing
-bag hook grabby thing—you know the kind that hold key rings
-Covered button kit
-3*3 inch scrap of interfacing
-fabric cut to fit the bottom pattern piece, *2
-interfacing or stabilizer cut to fit the bottom pattern piece
-plastic canvas cut to fit the bottom pattern piece, minus 1/2 inch on all sides
-1/4 yard coordinating fabric
-Corded elastic or other cording stuff
**This is how I cut out my material to get the bag out of two .5 yard pieces:**
folded over for the front and back
Open up and cut the other pieces, including the optional cell pocket and key fob pieces
Make sure to leave that long skinny strip at the top, as this will be used for the strap.
Before assembling the bag itself, you need to put in the optional items, if you want them
CELL POCKET AND KEY FOB:
Sew across the top edge, securing the pressed fold at that area
**at this point you should attach the closure for this piece. I forgot and had to do it after it was sewn to the lining.**
Place where wanted on one of the lining front or back pieces
Right sides together
Sew along the sides and shorter edge
Place long edge along the opening of pocket, as if the flap were open
Being careful not to catch the pocket, secure the flap in place. I used a thick zig-zag to prevent fraying
Top stitch along the top edge to keep the flap in place
For the key fob, you’ll need a scrap of fabric approximately 2 inches by 4.5 inches long
Fold in half, right sides in
Sew along one short edge and the open long edge
Press and topstitch
Put the sewn end of the strip through the opening of the key hook
Fold over about one inch
Secure in place with a cross-box shape
Pin to the desired location on the lining’s right side
Find the center length and mark out a box about 1.4 inch around
Snip an opening along the center mark to about 1/4 from either end. At the ends, you want an “arrow” like cut that points toward the center line
Press the opening edges towards the back of the lining
Pin your zipper in place, then lay one of your pocket pieces, right side down, along the top of the zipper on the wrong side of the bag lining
Sew along that top strip of zipper, securing the one pocket lining
Fold the pocket lining up, so the zipper is exposed. Place teh other lining piece on top of that, right sides together, matching the edge of the lining to the zipper strip
Sew along that edge and you’ll have this
Fold the bag lining out of the way and put the pocket lining pieces right sides together
Sew all along the pocket
At either corner, catch as you stitch the ends of the zippers so that the pocket is completely secured
Follow the directions on the covered button kit to make your buttons
On wrong side of main flap, place and attach interfacing where you want the buttons to be on right side
Hand sew buttons in place through the main fabric and interfacing
**I didn’t think to do this as a false bottom until I was done. So my pictures or incomplete, but the instructions should still work**
Attach your interfacing/stabilizer to one bottom piece of fabric
Right sides together, place the other bottom piece on the interfaced bottom piece
Sew along three sides
Push plastic canvas inside
Turn open end inside 1/4 inch and top stitch in place
Okay now onto the bag assembly.
Sew in place, then repeat for other side
Take the bottom strip and lay it with the short side matched to the bottom of the side
Sew down the short side.
Leave the needle down, lift the foot. Clip just a tiny bit of the corner of the top piece
Turn the top piece to match the edge of the lower piece
Foot back down, continue to sew along the other edge
Now attach the other front/back piece the same way
ATTATCHING MAGNETIC SNAPS
At this point, your lining flap should have the interfacing/stabilizer attached.
Figure out where you want your snap closures and snip two VERY small cuts into the fabric, through the interfacing
Push one side of the snap through the cuts. Place the backing over the arms of the snap
Push arms flat, securing the back piece
It will look like this
Repeat for second snap
And then on the front, stabilized piece of the main bag
Take your 1/4 yard of material
Cut into 1.5 inch strips
Get your cording/elastic and zipper foot
Fold the strip, wrong sides together, over the cording
Use your zipper foot to run along the cording as close as you can
And you’ll have custom piping
Now take all the pieces you want piped (flap, front, back, sides)
Match the raw edges of the piping to the raw edges of the pattern piece.
Baste the piping in place
I did around all edges of the front and back, the short edges of the sides, and the sides and short edge of the flap
If you used piping, you’ll need to continue to use the zipper foot to get as close to the piping as you can. Use your finger to feel the piping through the fabric, to make sure you get nice and close, but not go over the top of it.
Sew along the sides and lower/short edge of the flap
Cut corners and trim all edges
ASSEMBLING OUTER BAG
You’re going to do this the same as the lining assembly. Sides sewn on one front/back piece first, then bottom strip, then the other front/back piece.
Clip all corners and trim all edges
Place the flap with unsewn, long end about 1.5 inches down on the back side of the assembled main bag
Sew along the raw edge, making sure to only secure it to the back side of the bag
Fold the flap up
And top stitch in place. I did a few lines of stitches to really secure, and I liked the look
Placing the lining
With the main bag right side out, place inside the inside lining.
Sew all along the upper edge, leaving a 4-5 inch opening for turning
Fold opening inside, press, and top stitch along the top of the bag
Cut two long strips of fabric from your scraps
Right sides togher
Sew the length on both sides, leaving both short ends open
Press and top stitch
Fold the raw edge under and cross-box stitch in place on the inside sides of the bag
And get this: I even finished the bag early, days before the final entry date for the contest. And then I got sick again. And then I never got around to getting pictures. And then the deadline came and went and I totally thought it was the next day and, and, and…so I didn’t get it entered in the contest, but I love it so no regrets. Plus, since I was no longer entering it in her contest, I was able to ask Christie to help me out by taking the pictures of it. So really, I’m kind of happy things worked out the way they did. I love my husband, and he’s a talented man, but he doesn’t really “get” the whole pictures-of-stuff-I-make thing. Especially when I say I want to drive to some random fields across the highway. Christie, however, that girl gets it. So thanks again, Christie. What would I do without you?! And with that fun little story, go vote for your favorite purse right now! There are some amazing ones to choose from, so good luck picking just one.
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