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
fabric pencil or marker
fabric glue (optional for making bow)
- Cut fabric and interfacing into two 9×12 inch rectangles each. Iron interfacing onto wrong sides of fabric.
- Take one piece of fabric and pin a 9 in. strip of ribbon onto each end approximately 1 in. from edge.
- Sew along the very edges of ribbon.
- 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.
- 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.
- Open seams and iron flat, making a point on the bottom edge.
- Flatten bottom corners. Measure up 1/2 inch from point and draw straight line to box corners. Seam across line on all four corners.
- Turn lining so that the right side is facing out.
- 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.
- 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.
- Seam around top edge, leaving about a 3 inch opening to turn bag right side out.
- Gently turn bag inside out through opening. Fold liner into outer bag.
- Iron around top edge to flatten, then topseam around edge.
Now, sit back and admire your work!