Purses

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This week I have been working on purses. I actually wanted to start on some spring dresses for the girls, but then I remembered that I promised my friend a purse.

The purse I made for my friend was made out of a place-mat. It is so easy. You don’t even need a sewing machine to make one. Having machine makes it easier, but it can be done by hand. This is also a very inexpensive gift as I shop for clearance place-mats and make the handles from ribbon, or buy them at JoAnn’s or Michaels with a coupon.

Since so many people asked how I made the tutus, I figured I would just post a picture tutorial for the purse. I hope it is easy to follow, the lighting in my room isn’t so great, but I think you will get the idea.

Step one- get a place-mat

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Step two- fold the place mat right sides together and sew up the sides as close to the edge as you can, as a side note, start sewing at the opening of the place mat so you are sure it is lined up correctly

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both sides sewn together

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Third step- fold the bottom part of each side of the place-mat into a triangle, measure and mark each side. I usually make the triangle about 2 inches long

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then sew across the triangle

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Check both side to make sure they are the same size.

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Admire your work so far…

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I hope this picture helps show the triangle part a little better.

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Time to attach the handles, I purchased these at JoAnn’s.

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I use quilt binding to attach the handles. It is pretty strong and doesn’t fray.

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Cut four pieces of binding the same length. Attach each piece to the loop on the handle.

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Then attach the handles to the purse. Measure the purse so that the handles line up. Most place-mats have a seam that runs right along the edge of the mat. This a great place to sew your handle on because the stitching for the handle blends in.

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I then tack the bottom part of the binding on the purse for more strength.

All done, your purse is ready to go shopping!

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This makes a great gift, and to make it even more special, fill the purse with a book or some pretty cards. Or even better… coupons!

Here are some more of the place-mat purses…

This one was hand sewn by a friend. She used decorative ribbon to attach the handles.

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This one looks a little lopsided because I have stuff in it.

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Here is a recycled purse. The outside is made from a skirt I bought at the thrift store and the lining was made from a shirt that was husband’s.

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Comments

  1. notsosahm says:

    They look great! I’ve used that set of handles before in the top two bags. Be careful to watch the screws. Mine came loose and one fell out! I have to go get new handles now :( I’m thinking about using clear nail polish or something of that sort to keep the new ones from coming loose.

  2. Beki says:

    This is great. I was just telling my friend Karen today how to make them. I will just point her to the step by step instructions on the blog! Maybe I’ll even give it a try!

  3. Terri says:

    That is the cutest idea. I love it!!! My favorite is the first one though. Great job :-)!

  4. Debbie J. says:

    These are gorgeous! I’ll try those soon I hope!

  5. Kristi says:

    HI! Your DH just called and directed me here! I am willing to trade my talent for some of your talent!:)
    Hugs and kisses to the entire tribe.

  6. mom2fur says:

    Oh, wow! Great job! I never thought about attaching those kind of handles with quilt binding. You make it look so easy, LOL!

  7. Laurie says:

    Wow! Those are terrific!
    Blessings,
    Laurie

  8. Gina says:

    I was just trying to figure out a birthday gift for mt sister-in-law. Now I know!! Great tutorial.

    Oh, and as far as making a dress out of a shirt…you can remove the pocket with a seam ripper. That’s what I did!

  9. Mrs. Decker says:

    I love these! I have 4 sisters and guess what they will each be getting for their birthdays!!!

  10. snpnmnmi says:

    How cool are these? I haven’t even considered making a purse since the last big purse fad in the early 80′s… but these are cool! And I don’t even like to carry a purse!
    tammy :):):)

  11. momawake says:

    Great job. Purses are so much fun to make aren’t they!?

  12. Melinda says:

    I absolutely love it! That is a great gift idea! I want to go out now and buy a placemat and make one. I of course need to make one for myself first to get the hang of making them. : )

  13. Ginny says:

    Those are absolutely awesome. I have bookmarked this post because you gave excellent directions and this looks like a great project I can do with my 11yo daughter. Have you ever made any with a zipper? Just wondering. I perfer purses that close all the way. I am forever tipping the contents out. LOL Thank-you so much for the inspiration and the directions.
    Blessings,
    Ginny

  14. Yolanda says:

    Wow! Those are really nice.

  15. Krista says:

    After reading your post yesterday, I went last night and bought a placemat at Tuesday Morning and purse handles at Joann’s. I can’t wait to try to sew it together after church tonight. Wish me luck!

  16. Thanks! I am pretty sure you just gave my daughter some creative inspiration.

  17. claire says:

    Thank you for such simple wonderful ideas as making your own purse!

  18. Dineen says:

    You know what? I have purse handles that have started coming undone from a purse. I think I now have a fix for them. Either I’ll use my stash of quilt binding to see if I can’t fix the purse I love, or repurpose the handles to make a new purse.

  19. Wendy says:

    In response to Notsosahm…don’t feel you have to replace the handles because the screws came out. I have a bag with those handles and had the same problem – I took it to a shoe repair facility and they replaced just the screw. It was a $2.00 repair on a bag that I love!

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