Tutorial: Toddler Purse

by Dee on April 5, 2009 · 50 comments

in Bags, Sewing

Toddler Purse Tutorial

My mom and I have been searching all over for some little toddler sized purses for my daughter and my niece with no luck. I did find some on the dollar aisle at Target, but I’m sure they would be torn to shreds in no time. My mom wanted to give them to the girls as Easter gifts, but we just never could find the right thing so I decided to pick up some fabric that would match their Easter dresses and make them instead.

Since we looked all over for them and never did find any, I figured there has to be someone else out there looking for the same thing. I decided I would share how I made these in a tutorial so no little girls have to go without purses. ;-)

(My apologies ahead of time for the horrible pictures. I had terrible lighting where I was working.)

2 pieces of fabric 9 x 12 inches (fat quarters would work great for this)
2 pieces lightweight interfacing (iron-on)
approx 1 yard of 1 inch wide grosgrain ribbon in coordinating color
coordinating thread
fabric pencil or marker
fabric glue (optional for making bow)

  1. Cut fabric and interfacing into two 9×12 inch rectangles each. Iron interfacing onto wrong sides of fabric.
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  3. Take one piece of fabric and pin a 9 in. strip of ribbon onto each end approximately 1 in. from edge.
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  5. Sew along the very edges of ribbon.
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  7. Make bow with ribbon and attach on top of ribbon stripe. I made a simple loop bow and attached it by sewing just under the top loop.
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  9. Fold in half length wise with right sides facing. Pin sides and seam with 1/2 in. seam allowance, leaving top open. Repeat with second fabric piece to make the lining.
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  11. Open seams and iron flat, making a point on the bottom edge.
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  13. Flatten bottom corners. Measure up 1/2 inch from point and draw straight line to box corners. Seam across line on all four corners.
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  15. Turn lining so that the right side is facing out.
  16. Cut 12 inches of ribbon and pin one end along the top edge of each side, centering with seams. Sew ribbon to lining with about a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
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  18. Insert lining into outer bag with right sides facing (ribbon strap should be inside between the two layers). Pin around top edge to hold the lining and outer bag together.
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  20. Seam around top edge, leaving about a 3 inch opening to turn bag right side out.
  21. Gently turn bag inside out through opening. Fold liner into outer bag.
  22. Iron around top edge to flatten, then topseam around edge.
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    Now, sit back and admire your work!

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1 lilfootsmommy April 9, 2009 at 1:47 pm

So adorable! I love them Dee!!! I am in awe!!!


2 Anne April 25, 2009 at 2:45 pm

These are so cute!!


3 Rachel April 26, 2009 at 2:43 pm

Oh this is so cute! Thanks so much for sharing, I’ll be linking to this.


4 Deb April 26, 2009 at 7:53 pm

So cute…I know several little girls who would LOVE a purse like this!


5 michelle johnnie April 27, 2009 at 12:26 am

Love it! I’ve got to make one for my daughter! I linked to it!


6 Kelli April 28, 2009 at 5:32 pm

what little one wouldn’t want one of those? Super cute and great tutorial!


7 perrine May 17, 2009 at 9:00 am

I really like your how to. I was wondering if I could translate it in French and add it to my list of how to as explained in my french post (http://www.petitcitron.com/index.php/form_howto.html)
Of course, your website would be quoted and there would be a link!
Thank you,


8 Wendy June 24, 2009 at 8:38 pm

Very cute and easy! Thank you for the tutorial!


9 Toddlers activities June 24, 2009 at 11:09 pm

No new posts for quite a long time.. what


10 jrhandbags July 27, 2009 at 1:05 am

Great Post, I am totally with you.


11 glenda August 18, 2009 at 7:26 am

I have been looking for instructions on how to make these bags since I purchased one for my daughter about a year ago. I can’t wait to get my sewing machine back from the shop so I can try this out. These are so cute and would make great presents for my daughter’s friends. Thank you so much for posting this.


12 Mayya September 14, 2009 at 12:24 am

Thanks for a great tutorial i made one for my DD 4th birthday i blogged about it


13 heidi October 29, 2009 at 10:34 am

these are super cute.
just fyi – ikea sells toddler purses for under $5 that are made of soft fabric and are VERY sturdy. My daughter has put hers through the mill and it looks as good as day one. She even wears it as a hat. lol.


14 Kayla March 17, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Thanks for the tutorial. I made one similar to this for my niece’s birthday. I linked to you in my blog post!


15 nikexyz March 23, 2010 at 9:53 pm

very good.i like the bag.


16 Pati @ A Crafty Escape April 12, 2010 at 11:45 am

LOVE this tutorial! Made one for my daughter and linked back to you: http://acraftyescape.blogspot.com/2010/04/ballerina-bag.html



17 Donna April 27, 2012 at 4:36 pm

These are just beautiful. So classy for little girls. Love em.


18 Gwendolyn August 31, 2012 at 10:52 pm

Thanks for the tute! I love this purse. I have made several for my daughter. I also linked back to your site from http://notyournormalsteam.wordpress.com/2012/08/31/never-say-never-bags/


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