Although I have a sweet spot for home improvement DIYs, I love a good fashion project as well. I’ve been falling into the “what to make for your house” category lately so it’s about time to mix it up. Since learning how to use my sewing machine that I’ve had for over 3 years, I know, life has gotten a lot better, and easier. I’ve been busy at it; making purses, pouches, and clothes. For this blog post, I’m sharing how to make a simple fold over DIY purse. The sewing is pretty minimal and you can really make these types of purses unique with the materials you use and how you decorate them. I am a sucker for cotton rope, so needless to say, I’m using it. So let’s get to the fun! Yes, I’m one of those people that think sewing is fun.
- Fabric (I used faux leather from Hobby Lobby)
- Tape measure
- Sewing machine
- Upholstery thread
- Needle (to sew the strap holder on by hand)
- Cotton rope (1/4″ and 3/8″)
1. Cut two 11″ x 13.5″ rectangles out of the fabric.
2. Sew the rectangles together on the two long sides and one short side. Make sure the sides you want on the inside of the purse are facing outwards.
3. Flip the bag inside out. Sew the rims of the top of the bag to give it a clean look, this is optional.
4. Cut two pieces, 3″ x 1.5″, out of your fabric. These are what will hold your purse’s strap.
5. Fold each piece in half and place on the edge of your purse, where you want the purse to ultimately fold over. Then use a needle and sew the pieces to the edge of the bag by hand, it’s easier than trying to use the sewing machine for this part. Make sure you get the piece in the crevice area and sew the crevice onto the piece (if that makes sense? Lol.)
6. You can put the straps on now. You’ll use the thicker, 3/8″ rope for this. I took a piece of rope that is about 36″ long and just knotted it off on the ends. Super simple, nothin’ fancy. Then to add some detail to the purse, make two pinky-sized holes 3 inches from each edge of the bag, only on the front piece of fabric. You could make the rope go through both pieces of fabric to act as a way to “close” the purse, but accessing the items you have inside would be a little harder.
I find it easier to use grooming scissors (or whatever they are called) since they are sharp and can cut small areas easily.
7. Pull the rope through the two holes, from under, and make a knot with the two strands. Then knot off the ends. The rope I used is 1/4″ and about 24″ long.
That’s it guys! A new DIY purse you can wear around anywhere and everywhere. Be sure to tell everyone you see that YOU made it, it really is something to be proud of. And as with anything you recreate from my blog, you can tag me on Instagram or Twitter @sweettealblog, to show me or include #SweetTealDIY, I’d really love to see!