Design Your Own Shoulder Purse

Posted by Brenna

I love my purses and although I usually have a huge Mary Poppins bag, sometimes it is good to have something a little smaller to carry. In a few weeks I will be attending a quilt show, and it will be the perfect opportunity for a smaller purse. With a long day of walking ahead, I just want to have a few necessities with me.

When I found this black shoulder purse from Blitsy I knew it would be perfect, and I would be able to easily add a few touches to make it mine.

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Supplies:

  • Wear 'n design your own shoulder purse
  • scrap fabric
  • needle and thread
  • sewing machine
  • basic sewing supplies
  • iron

To Make:

There are tons of ways to decorate the Design Your Own Shoulder Purse. Of course, since I love fabric, I decided to add a few fabric touches mine.

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To create the band, cut a strip of fabric 3 1/2" x 15 1/2" and sew the short ends together.

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Fold your band in half and press.

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Turn your purse inside out. Slide your band over the top, raw edge lined up with the top of the purse and pin.

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Sew a 1/4" from the edge around the top of the purse.

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Turn your purse right side out and fold the band to the front. Press the band into place.

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To secure your band, topstitch around the bottom edge of the band.

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I decided to do a little more and add some patches to my purse. I cut out rectangles slightly smaller than the pocket, folded my edges under by 1/4" and pressed. I then hand stitched each of my patches onto the purse.

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If you are having a hard time sewing on the patches without catching the back layer of fabric, put a piece of cardboard into the pocket so you don't go all the way through.

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I love how my purse turned out. It was so easy to put together, and will be perfect for vacation or days where I don't need to carry much with me.