Saturday, June 13, 2015

Pretty Pocket Purse Tutorial

I needed a purse with lots of pockets. I hate it when everything gets mixed up in my purse and have a hard time looking for stuff (especially Chapstick!). So I decided to make a purse with four pockets, two on the outside and two on the inside to organize everything. Here's the tutorial:

What you need to cut out:

•2-12"x18"-one for the lining and one for the outside.  
•2"x8" and 71/2"x4" for outside pocket  
•2-20"x6" for straps
•10"x7" for large inside pocket
•4 1/2"x7 1/2" for small inside pocket
•interfacing a little smaller than the outside piece
•3" piece of ribbon (optional)
•snaps or Velcro (optional)
The other outside pocket is cut out from jeans, so just don't add a pocket there, or make one any size you want!

First take the lining and outside pieces and iron them in half wrong sides together. 
Then take the 4 1/2"x7 1/2" piece and iron over 1/4" on all four sides. Iron over one long side again and sew in place. Place in the middle of one half of the lining on the right side. 
Sew in place.
If you want you can add a snap like I did. 
Repeat for other inside pocket. (10"x7") I added Velcro to that pocket. 
This is optional, but you can add a 3" ribbon to attach keys and such. Fold it and the lining in half together and tuck it in. (Make sure the lining is folded right sides together.)
Sew down the sides. Box the corners as shown and sew 2" away from the edge. Cut off the corners. 
This is what it should look like.
Take the interfacing and lay it on top of the outside piece. Iron down the short edges. 
Take the interfacing out. Attach the back pocket to one half. 
Sew the two outside pocket pieces right sides together. Hem the edges just like the other pockets. 
Sew to the other half. 
Put the interfacing back on. Fold in half right sides together. Sew the edges. 
We will box these corners a different way because of the interfacing that is in the way. I find it easier this way. Cut a 2"x2" piece from each corner. 
Fold as shown on photo and sew 1/4" away from the edge. 
Turn right sides out. 
Now we will do the straps. Iron one of the 20"x6" pieces in half right sides together. Open it up and iron the two edges to the crease you just made. Iron back in half.  
Sew all around the edges and repeat for the other strap. 
Place the lining in the outside piece and fold in the raw edges of the lining to match the outside. Insert straps and pin. Sew all around the top. 
(Sorry for the blurry picture.)
I was only able to take one picture of this step because the phone battery was 1%! (UPDATE 1/21/16: I got a camera on Nov. 19!)

Guess what? You are done! This purse is fully customizable, so have fun being creative!
Hope you are able to understand this! If you have any questions, please email me at!

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