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Project

Reversible Purse

This simple reversible purse is a wonderful project for beginning and advanced sewers alike.

Materials

  • Bag template
  • Heavy paper or cardstock
  • 1/2 yard of patterned fabric
  • 1/2 yard of solid fabric
  • Pencil
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Coordinating machine-sewing thread
  • Iron
  • Needle and thread for basting stitch

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Download, enlarge, and print template on heavy paper or card stock. Trace template twice on each fabric and cut out.

  2. Step 2

    Align and pin the two solid pieces together, right sides facing. Do the same with the two patterned pieces.

  3. Step 3

    Using 1/4-inch seam allowance, sew along the top of each handle and along the bottom curve of each pinned piece, leaving both sides of both handles open.

  4. Step 4

    Turn the solid piece right side out, and insert the solid piece into the inside-out patterned piece. Line up seams, raw edges, and handles.

  5. Step 5

    Pin the edges of the "neckline" of the bag and sew with a 1/4-inch seam.

  6. Step 6

    Going through the longer handle, turn the entire bag right side out (patterned fabric on the outside). Press all seams.

  7. Step 7

    Fold raw edges of "armholes" in 1/4 inch and press. Baste together. Topstitch 1/8 inch around bag handles to finish.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, May 2008