Being the seamstress that I am, I decided that I could easily make a pattern for myself. So far, I have experimented with the size and used different materials and fabrics. It's very easy to construct, so I thought I would share the steps with you and you can make your own.
Here is the latest one I finished this week, just so you can see how cute thay can be by adding your own personal flair:
|Got the directions for this flower off You Tube:)|
|I used a coordinating fabric for the lining|
You can make one of these in a few hours. My directions below are for this black synthetic snakeskin bag I made last week. It's a little bigger than the polka-dot bag above, but the idea is the same. Note of caution for this "quasi-tutorial": the directions below are not as detailed as a beginning seamstress would need, but if you've sewn a lot, you can probably figure out how to make this "box" shaped bag anyway, without any help from me.
You need an outer fabric and a lining fabric. Cut 2 rectangles approximately 16" X 32", one with the outer bag fabric, and one for the coordinating lining. You can vary the size , depending on how big you want your handbag to be. You will also need 2 strips 4" X 24" of your outer fabric to make the straps. Again you can vary the length depending on how you like to carry your purse - over the shoulder, dangling on your arm or hanging at your sides.
Sew the lining "box" first: Begin by making the "pockets" to attach to the inside of the lining. These pockets are for your important, "got to have it now"stuff and can be any size and depth. My finished pocket strip is about 7" X 14" and is attached to the lining fabric about 3" below the top of the purse. I divided the strip into three individual poskets, for my cell phone, pens, etc. Once your pocket is attached, fold the lining in half, right sides together and sew up the side seams, leaving the top open.
Form the bottom of the "box" purse by forming a 90 degree triangle with the bottom folded edge at the tip. I wanted the bottom of my purse to be about 4" across. Sew across the triangle and then trim the triangle off.
The Lining of the purse looks like this. I did attach some stiff interfacing to the lining before I sewed the side seams and bottom. You can add fusable interfacing or batting to either the lining or the actual outer fabric to give your purse a little more body - just depends on the fabrics you use and how stiff you want the shape to be.
|The purse lining "box" shape|
Make the straps: After sewing and turning my straps right side out, I did finish them with a couple of rows of stitching on the edges. Attach each strap to the right side of the fabric at the top opening, in the front and back of the outer purse fabric, adjusting the length as desired.
Cut another strip of lining or other coordinating fabric to create a "facing" for the top edge of the purse. My facing was about 4" X 32ish", folded in half, and I interfaced it to give the top opening a little more stability.
Attach the selvage edges of the facing strip to the top edge of the purse, right sides together and stitch it down. Turn facing to the inside of the purse opening and stitch down. Insert the lining "box" inside the purse "box" and tuck the top edge of the lining underneath the facing and whip stitch the facing down to the lining.
Complete! Lot's of room, easy to get to everything! Love it!
|Finished purse - I made the little flower using the right and wrong sides of the fabric|
Laurel. Happy "Bagging":)