Frame Purse Tutorial
This my ‘Share It Saturday’ blog post; and it’s a Frame Purse Tutorial. I posted a photo to my Facebook page during the week of a purse I had made. You can see it here …it certainly surprised me how much interest a little purse created. I’m truly thankful for the interest. You all made this little Crafter/Haberdasher a very happy one!
I got a few private mails asking if I could share my tips on producing a pretty little purse; as it would appear this metal frames are tricky wee things to work with. I’m not going to tell a lie…it was frustrating to say the least!! But following a few attempts I got it down to a fine art.
If you want to make your own pretty purse, I’ve created a kit which is for sale in my online shop here. Or, if you want to power on using what fabric you have keep reading below.
First things first:
I created a pattern. Used the actual metal purse frame to do this. I also find that using squared graph paper helps when creating patterns. I also used a wee glue dot to hold the frame in place while I drew around it.
The second measurement that I took was 1″ from hinge on each side. Then next measurement was finding the centre line; and from the top edge of the frame I marked approximate 5.5″ down to the bottom edge. This was because I like my purse to be slightly larger to fit my phone and cards.
I folded the pattern along the centre line and cut around the lines that I’d just drawn. I made a couple of copies of this pattern piece. The reason I did this was ~ I decided where I wanted my top fabric edge to finish and added a 1/4″ seam allowance. I repeated this for the bottom fabric.
I then cut a 1″ square from each of the corners. This is to give the box bottom shape to the purse.
Now we’re onto cutting out:
You will need, 2 pieces of wadding the full size of the purse pattern. 2 pieces of lining fabric the full size of the pattern. 2 pieces of top fabric; and 2 pieces of the bottom fabric with the 1/4″ seam allowances added.
The fun bit!!
Sewing it all up:
For the purse front and back you sew in exactly the same way; (use the photos below as a guide). Take your wadding piece and lay your top piece on facing up and pin. Turn this wadding upside down and lay your bottom fabric, right sides (pretty sides!) together, matching up the edges of the fabric, pin and sew with a 1/4″ seam. Repeat this for the back piece. Press flat with an iron, and sew on the lace with a top stitch across the seams.
To construct the outside of the purse pin the right sides (pretty sides of fabric) together; and sew between the points marked by asteriks. Repeat this for the lining.
Putting it all together:
Keep the outside of your purse outside in. Turn your lining the right way out. As you look into the purse the right sides should be together. The raw seam of the lining should be looking at you 🙂 Pin together, matching the side seams first. Pin and sew around the edges. Leave a gap in the top centre of one of the sides; this is to turn the purse inside out. Press the seams, and handstitch the gap closed.
My tips for inserting the purse into the frame:
Find the centre of the frame and the top centre points on the edge of the purse (fabric). Mark two other points about 2″ either side of the centre points on each side. You will have six marks on the top edge of the purse (fabric).
I put a dab of glue on each point on the very edge of the purse one side first. Starting from the centre, I tucked the purse into the gap in the frame. Hold in place by inserting pins through the holes in the frame. Go make a cup of tea until the glue dries ;).
Using two strands of embroidery floss, sew the purse onto the frame by going in and out of the holes. To help me find the holes, I pushed a pin through. This leaves the tiniest of holes…I used this as a guide where to insert my sewing needle. In the end I didn’t get too hung up on trying to hide my stitches on the lining side. I was near impossible. So I made a feature of the inside and used fabric glue to stick a piece of pretty lace to cover my stitches!! I’m all for making life easy for myself!
I repeated this for the other side. And you have your pretty purse for your pretty pennies.
I hope you enjoyed this blog post and as always if you have questions or queries please contact me.