Instructions for making your own tiny reversible purse.
You are making one strap and two tubes with a bottom for this bag. Each piece of fabric has Shape-Flex fused to it. The height of the rectangle will determine the height of the bag. If you want a shorter bag, go with 4.5X13.5 inches.
I used a quarter inch seam allowance for everything, usually with the quarter inch piecing foot (except in the case of foundation piecing and top stitching).
What you need:
Sewing machine, thread, needles, and scissors. (I am not teaching you how to use the machine here.) Rotary cutting supplies, fabric, and Shape Flex interfacing.
- 2 rectangles of fabric that are 13.5 inches by (4.5 to 6) inches that have Shape Flex fused to it
- 2 five inch squares of fabric with Shape-Flex fused to it for the circles
- A strip of fabric for your strap that is 44 inches long and 2.5 inches wide
- A strip of Shape Flex that is 1.5 inches wide and 44 inches long to fuse on your strap
- A circle with a diameter of 4.64 or a bowl/lid of the same size (see picture).
- 28 inches of 3/8inch wide grosgrain ribbon plus 6 2-inch pieces for the drawstring and loops variation and a stop-lock toggle
Sew right sides together and turn. I use a tube turner. You can google other methods though. Then top stitch the strap.
Sew right sides together of your 6X13.5 in rectangle to make a cylinder.
Place the bowl over your 5 inch square of fabric fused with Sure-Flex and trace with a pencil. This circle includes your seam allowance.
Putting the cylinder and circle together (You will do this twice)
You make two cylinders with a bottom and then sew the open tops of those together.
Here is a video of me stitching the circle to the bottom of the tube. Things to remember: the math works. The circle will fit the circumference of the tube and YOU ARE THE BOSS OF THE FABRIC. Go as slow as you need.
Here is a link to a video of me sewing the circle to the bottom of the tube, or go to the bottom of the post to see embedded video.
Next you will pin (or clip) your strap and loops (if desired) what feels like upside down.
It will get folded under and sewn over. Try to make sure you are placing the strap across from itself and that it’s not twisted.