Tiny reversible purse

What you need:

Sewing machine, thread, needles, scissors, pins or Wonder Clips, Rotary cutting supplies, fabric, and Pellon 101 Shape Flex interfacing.  If you want to make the drawstring-and-loops variation, you will also need 40 inches of ⅜-inch wide grosgrain ribbon, cut into a 28-inch length plus 6 2-inch pieces, and a stop-lock toggle.

Materials included in the kit:

  1. 2 rectangles of fabric that are 13.5 inches by 6.5 inches.  Although the bag is reversible, choose one fabric for the outside and one for the lining. Fuse interfacing to both rectangles
  2. 2 five inch squares of fabric for the circular bottoms
  3. 2 rectangles of Pellon 101 Shape Flex interfacing that are 6.5 in wide and 20 in long
  4. A strip of fabric for your strap that is 44 to 60 inches long and 2.5 inches wide
  5. A strip of Shape Flex that is 1.75 inches wide and the length of your strap to fuse on your strap
  6. A template with a diameter of 118 mm.
  7. 28 inches of 3/8inch wide grosgrain ribbon plus 12 inches for the drawstring and loops variation  and a stop-lock toggle


I like to wear my bags crossbody style and have found that taking a measurement from hip to opposite shoulder and doubling it gives a pretty good length for this which is why there is a range given for the strap measurement.

Strap with interfacing
Strap material with interfacing, ready to be fused.

Sew right sides together and turn the tube so the right side of the fabric is facing out. I used a tube turner, though you can find other methods online. Then top stitch the strap 1/8 inch from each long side. You might find your blind hem foot helpful for this.

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 6.5 x 13.5 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

Use the circular template and a pencil to trace a circle on the back of your two 5-inch squares of fabric. The circle includes a ¼ inch seam allowance.

Putting the cylinder and circle together (You will do this twice)

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 slowly as you need. 

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) to the outside of one of the cylinders. It may feel like it’s upside down, but that is the correct orientation.


It will get folded under and sewn over. Make sure you are placing the two ends of the strap across from itself and that it’s not twisted.

Place the outside of bag with the strap tucked under, to the inside of the bag, right sides together.
Sew the two bags together, keeping the tops aligned. Some machines allow you to remove part of the table to create a narrower working surface for sewing sleeves or other smaller cylinders. If your machine does this, it may make this step easier.
Be sure to leave a gap about 2 inches long to turn the bag right side out.
Reach in and 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.
Done! (If using loops, thread the ribbon through the loops and then through the stop lock. Put a couple drops of fray check on the end of the ribbon.)
And the other side. You’ve made a reversible bag!

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