I saw my sister-in-law last week and she asked me how to make small zipped purses. I know there are lots of other tutorials on this subject, but as it was a personal request I thought I’d write one - so especially for Debs, here is a quick tutorial.
Cut out 4 pieces of fabric, 2 for the outer and 2 for the lining. These can be any size you like, but mine were about 5 inches by 4 inches. Just make sure the zip you are going to use is wider than the fabric.
Lay one piece of outer fabric (flowery one in my case) face up on the table and lay the zip along the top edge. The zip’s teeth should be face down on top of the fabric.
Next step is to lay one of the lining pieces face down on top of the zip, again lining up the top edge of the zip with the top edge of the fabric.
Pin the ‘zip sandwich’ together and then use a zip foot to sew all pieces together, along the top edge. Pull the front and back pieces back away from the zip and position then wrong sides together. You should be able to see the zip teeth now. At this point it helps to press the fabric away from the zip.
Still with the zip foot on the machine, topstitch along the edge of the fabric to hold the layers together, you can see what I mean in this photo.
Lay the other piece of outer fabric face up on the table and place the zip (with the pieces attached) on top of the outer fabric. Again the zip teeth should be facing downwards. The outer fabrics should be placed with their right sides together.
Take the other lining piece and lay it face down on top of the zip, lining up the top of the fabric with the top of the zip.
Back: (oops looks a bit wonky here – I blame the camera!)
IMPORTANT: Open the zip half way now – otherwise you’ll have problems when you try to turn the purse in the right way later & I’m not taking the blame for not pointing it out clearly!!!!!!
Take both pieces of outer fabric and place them so that their right sides are together and pin. Take both lining pieces and pin them so that their right sides are together. The zip will be in the centre.
Starting from the centre of the lining pieces, sew a rectangle around the outside of this large rectangle. Be careful when sewing across the zip piece – you don’t want the metal zip ends to break your needle. If you are likely to hit the metal pieces, just move the seam slightly further from the edge to avoid it. Do not sew right up to where you started, leave a gap of about 2 inches, this will allow you to turn the purse in the right way. Clip the corners and cut off the unused bits of the zip.
Turn the purse through the hole in the lining and push the purse into the correct shape. Pull the lining out of the purse and topstitch the hole in the lining closed.
Push the lining back in and you’ve now finished your purse.
Right Debs, no more excuses, I expect to see lots of these little purses next time we come to visit! For anybody else who’s actually made it to the end of my tutorial, I hope it’s been helpful.