Tiny reversible purse

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.


  1. 2 rectangles of fabric that are 13.5 inches by (4.5 to 6) inches that have Shape Flex fused to it
  2. 2 five inch squares of fabric  with Shape-Flex fused to it for the circles
  3. A strip of fabric for your strap that is 44 inches long and 2.5 inches wide
  4. A strip of Shape Flex that is 1.5 inches wide and 44 inches long to fuse on your strap
  5. A circle with a diameter of 4.64 or a bowl/lid of the same size (see picture).
  6. 28 inches of 3/8inch wide grosgrain ribbon plus 6 2-inch pieces for the drawstring and loops variation  and a stop-lock toggle

With one side lined up with the edge of the ruler, the other side is just shy of the 4.75 mark on the ruler. This circle was perfect for the 13 inch circumference tube.


Strap with interfacing

Strap material with interfacing, ready to be fused.

Sew right sides together and turn. I use a tube turner. You can google other methods though. Then top stitch the strap. 

The Body

strips of Australian aboriginal prints

Taking a picture to remind myself of the order of the fabrics.

One strip of fabric on top of the interfacing

If you are foundation piecing your tube, you start with the first piece of fabric right side up and lay the next strip on top of that.

Sew right sides together of your 6X13.5 in rectangle to make a cylinder.


Oops, I trimmed it a little too short, so I had to sew something on, might as well make it fun. This is one of the places you can really let your creativity fly. You can use one piece of fabric or as many as you want and if you find out it’s not the right size, sew on some more and trim it until it is.

The Circle

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.

Tube of fabric sitting on top of the circle to make sure the orientation of everything is correct

Starting to stitch the circle to the bottom of the tube.

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.


Tube with circle stitched onto the bottom.

Tube with circle on the bottom to check alignment.

Tube with circle inside to start the sewing.

Finished tube with circle stitched on the bottom.

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.

Tuck outside of bag with the strap tucked in to the inside of the bag, right sides together.

Sew the two bags together, keeping the tops aligned.

Be sure to leave a gap to pull the bag right side out.

Reach in and start to pull the bag so the right sides are out.

When it’s all turned, you will have a little gap like this.

Fold those edges in and finger press.

Top stitch all the way around the bag.


And the other side. You’ve made a reversible bag!

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