10 years ago I was obsessed with bags. I used to coordinate with what I was wearing, and had a hard time resisting when I saw one that I liked. Fast forward until today, and I’ve been using the same giant bag (it’s pretty, so don’t be sad for me – hehehe) for almost a year and a half… What? I just don’t have time to think about it. But you know what? My daughter does, and she loves little bags. She carries around precious playmobil dolls, her sunglasses, or any of the other super important things she has to take with her whenever she leaves the house :). So after seeing a really cute purse on Boden’s Spring/Sumer collection, I decided it was time to have some fun making a little girls purse for her precious things. It also helps me revive my bag obsession, on a miniature level. The little girls purse pattern, free for download.
Join us in crazy-bag-land with this free kids purse pattern and tutorial. Hope you like it!
How to make a little Girls Purse, with Free Pattern.
To make the little girls purse pattern you will need the following materials…
- Koi bag pattern – get it HERE
- Outer/Main Fabric (about 30x35cm) I’m using voile from Cloud9 Koi collection
- Lining Fabric (about 25x30cm) I’m using cotton couture solids from Michael Miller
- 2 pieces of fusible interfacing (2cm squares)
- 1 set of Kam Snaps
- 80cm of twill tape/ribbon for strap
- Matching Thread (I’ll be using contrasting thread throughout the tutorial so that the seams are more noticeable)
- General sewing supplies
NOTE: All seam allowances are 1cm.
Using the pattern, cut:
- 2 bag top pieces (main fabric)
- 2 bag bottom pieces (main fabric)
- 2 bag lining pieces (contrast fabric)
Gather your bottom outer pieces until they have the same size of the top pieces longest side. I like to do this by sewing 2 rows of parallel stitches the closest to the edge as I can, about 0.5cm apart from each other and then gently pull the bobbin threads until my pieces have the same size (don’t forget you can’t backstitch at the beginning and end so that you can pull the bobbin threads).
Pin top and bottom outer pieces right sides together and sew them with a straight stich. Trim seam allowance to 0.5cm and finish the raw edges (I’ll be using my pinking shears throughout the tutorial but you can use your preferred method) . Press it towards the top piece. (Repeat on the other pieces) You can also topstitch close to the seam if you prefer.
Place one of the pieces of fusible interfacing to the wrong side of one of the lining pieces and iron it in place according to the marking on the pattern piece (shaded square – the square is centered and 1cm from the top). Repeat to the other lining piece. If you want to use a magnetic snap instead of Kam snaps you should attach it now, centering them with the interfacing squares.
Place the lining pieces on top of each other, right sides together and sew them with a straight stitch along the sides leaving a 5cm opening at the bottom. Trim seam allowance to 0.5cm and finish the raw edges.
Place the outer pieces on top of each other, right sides together and sew them along the sides. Trim seam allowance to 0.5cm and finish the raw edges.
With right sides together place your outer bag inside the lining and sew all around the top with a straight stitch. Before you sew sandwich your twill tape/ribbon between both layers aligning it with the side seams and being careful not to twist it. Trim the seam allowance to 0.5cm and finish raw edges.
Using the 5cm gap you left on the lining turn the bag inside out. Close the gap on the lining. Tuck lining inside the bag and press all around the top. You can topstitch along the top of the purse (optional).
Attach the Kam Snaps centering them with the top piece of the outer bag as shown on the photo and you’re done!! YAY
I’ve named it Koi after the fabric I made this version with. It’s from Rashida Coleman Hale Koi collection for Cloud9 and I think it suits it perfectly. Hope you like it too. 😀
Thanks for stopping by, until next time…