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Art Purse Bag Tutorial

Art Purse Bag Tutorial

Birthday presents for the kid's classmates are always a challenge for me. I don't know the kids very well. I don't want to just buy them junk, but I also don't want to invest too much time into making something.



 I have been thinking about this little art purse for awhile, but have not been able to sort it all out until yesterday afternoon. I sat down and drew out a plan then did some measuring and it all fell into place. It is the perfect size for a toddler. The pocket is just big enough for a 5 x 7 notebook.

What you will need:
9” x 12” piece of fabric (interior pocket)
9” x 8.5” piece of fabric (bottom of zipper pocket)
4” x 9” piece of fabric (top of zipper pocket)
6” x 9” piece of fabric (zipper pocket lining)
9” x 14” piece of fabric (outside of purse)
9” x 14” piece of fabric (inside of purse)
7” or 8” zipper
9” x 14” piece of interfacing (I used fusible fleece)
Canvas strapping or 2 pieces of fabric 3.5” x 12”
Fabric scrap for applique  or piece of felt
Steam a seam or other double sided fusible interfacing (to apply appliqué)
Sewing machine
 
Let’s Get Started….. 

Now that you have all your pieces cut you are ready to get down to business. Get out that iron. 

If you are going to do an appliqué on the front of the purse, go ahead and do it now while the
iron is nice and hot.  I decided to use an initial, so I cut out the letter from fabric placed it on the
steam a seam (double sided fusible interfacing) and cut around the letter.  I peeled off the
paper and ironed it to the front piece of fabric. Make sure you follow the directions on the back of
the interfacing. I folded the fabric in half so that I would know where to place it. 

Then zig zag around the edges of the letter to secure in place. 

If you prefer you can also handstitch a design using felt like the example below.  

Once you have the appliqué finished go ahead and iron the interfacing to the back or wrong side
of the appliquéd piece. Yu will want to follow the directions on the back of the interfacing for this
step as well.

Now you can put away the iron and start assembling your art purse.  
Let’s tackle the zipper pocket first.  Take the 9” x 8.5” piece that you have ironed and place the
zipper between the .25” folds that you made.

Now pin it in place.

Art Purse Bag Tutorial

If it makes you more comfortable, go ahead and topstitch all the way across this piece using your
zipper foot.  I chose to pin both top and bottom and sew it all at once.   
Pin the top piece in place.  The fold should be on top of the zipper on this piece.

Art Purse Bag Tutorial

Topstitch using your zipper foot. I find it easier to start with the zipper unzipped a little bit.  Then
when I get close to the zipper pull, I make sure my needle is down and foot is up and I pull
the zipper past the zipper foot. 

This is what it will look like.  Do the same thing on the top part too.  

This is what it will look like when it is all topstitched.

Art Purse Bag Tutorial

Now take the 9” x 12” piece that you ironed in half and top stitch the fold edge. You can see in
this photo that the pocket has been topstitched. 

Art Purse Bag Tutorial

Now pin the inside pocket to one of you 9” x 14” pieces lining up the raw edges. Place the 6” x 9”
piece right side up under the zipper pocket and pin it the inside piece as well. You want to make
sure that the piece does not show when the zipper pocket is laying flat.

Art Purse Bag Tutorial

This is what it should look like.

Now go ahead and baste around the outside securing both pockets in place.  I used a ¼ inch
seam allowance. Here’s what it looks like. 

Then topstitch across the bottom of the zipper pocket.  Make sure that you catch the bottom of
the lining.

If you are using canvas straps go ahead and grab your two strips.

If you are using fabric, you are going to iron your pieces in half and then iron each side in towards
the fold in the middle. Like this.  

Once you have both pieces ironed, it should look like this. Sorry for all the fabric changes. 

Then topstitch along both sides. 

Now take your straps and pin them to the right side of the front piece.  I placed my straps
about 2 inches in on both sides.  Then baste them in place. 

Art Purse Bag Tutorial

If you would like to add an elastic and button closure, now’s the time to do it.  Pin the elastic
between the straps that will be on the back and baste it in place.   

Art Purse Bag Tutorial

Now place the outside and inside pieces together with right sides facing each other.  The
interfacing will be on the outside.  Stitch around all sides using a ½ inch seam allowance and  
leaving a 2 inch gap between the two straps for turning.  If you are using an elastic closure
make sure you leave the gap between the opposite straps. 

Clip the corners and trim up any strapping that may be showing.  Then turn through the 2 inch
opening between the straps.  Make sure to poke out the corners to make it nice and square.  Then
topstitch all the way around the purse making sure to close up the opening between the straps.

Art Purse Bag Tutorial

If you are using an elastic closure, go ahead and sew a button to the front of the purse. It’s a
little tricky, but you can sew it on and conceal the stitches inside the pocket. 

Art Purse Bag Tutorial

Now go make purses for every art enthusiast that you know.

Art Purse Bag Tutorial

Then suff them full of markers, pencils, crayons, paper, and stickers. 

Art Purse Bag Tutorial

Art Purse Bag Tutorial

Art Purse Bag Tutorial

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