I had crafted a striped skirt previously, and I wanted to create a matching purse, which is small enought to be considered elegant, but large enough for a pair of replacement shoes. So I decided to create a coffin shaped piece.
I collected the remnant materials from the stripy skirt (approx thirty centimetre), some strong, black fabric from a previous project (approx half metre), and all the leftover lace I could find. Also, I used some decoration materials at the bottom of my sewing box: blue ribbon and a pentagram pedant; and two pieces of cardboard to harden the purse’s lids. Retrospectively, I suggest using a sheet of plastic pad instead of cardboard, since that’s waterproof and more flexible, so it won’t break like cardboard does.
In making this purse I was inspired by the Restyle handbag collection.
The first step is to cut the coffin shape of the cardboards/plastic pads, and cut the same shape three times from the black fabric, anf once from the striped one.
Now we have to sew together two of the black coffin shapes right side facing, leaving a small opening to turn it inside out.
After turning it inside out tuck in the cardboard/plastic pad, and close the gap with hand sewing – this’ll be the back part of the purse.
I placed the decoration upot the stryped fabric to see how it looks like. Then I sewed the lace on, we’ll add the ribbon and the pedant later.
I sewed the folded line of the lace to the stripy fabric, and pinned the outter line. Then I turned it over and sewed together with the remaining black coffin shape right side facing, leaving a small gap to turn it inside out. Ths the outter lining of the lace is secured within the layers.
This picture down here shows the placment of the pieces before sewing them together:
Now it’s time to tuck inside the cardboard/plastic pad through the gap. This is the front part of the purse.
Tea time. We deserve it.
The next step is about the side of the purse. The wider the material you use, the larger the purse will be. I chose a ten centimeter wide piece of fabric, and sewed between the front and the back part with hand. If you’d prefer to sew it with the machine, you have to do this step before inserting the cardboards/plastic pads.
The next picture shows the side piece attached to the back of the purse only. I inserted a zipper to close it, but you can also use buttons or just leave the top open.
Finally we have to attach the decoration pedant, ribbon, or whatever you like. As for the handles, you can attach wide ribbons, or rings that can hold straps.
Ths is the final purse, fully loaded with my stuff. As you see, the cardboard I used already started to bend over the weight of the load, that’s why I suggest plastic.