We need a sew along for Autumn Jubilee, and this year I was inspired by a sew day with friends. We were chatting about things to sew that everyone can use, so while they were here, I got out my graph paper and a pencil. I drew a quick sketch with dimensions, then an idea happened as it often does for something new and different. This handbag will have versatility, be unique in your choices of fabrics from your stash, and useful. Today we’ll get started, and then finish in two weeks.
For our excursions about town in the crisp cool days of fall, a cute handbag is fun. This pattern makes a nice size bag to carry the essentials, with four pockets on the outside to quickly grab the most used items. The larger pocket can handle today’s cell phones, while the smaller one in front can corral keys while keeping them from scratching the phone. So, here is what you need to get started. Choose at least three coordinating prints, one for the base and lining of the bag, a pretty accent, then a focus fabric for the smaller outer pocket.
Base and lining fabric – 7/8 yard
Outer focus pocket fabric – fat quarter
Inner accent pocket fabric – fat quarter
Fusible batting – 1/3 yard
Handle webbing – 2-1/3 yards
Base fabric – cut two pieces 14-1/2 inches wide by 24-1/2 inches high (pay attention to height if using directional fabric).
Outer pocket focus fabric – cut two pieces 6-1/2 x 13-inces
Inner pocket accent fabric – cut two pieces 6-1/2 x 17-inches
Fusible batting – cut two pieces 14-/12 x 12-1/2 inches
Webbing – cut piece in half to make two handles approximately 42 inches each
Optional – velcro in matching color to base, hook and loop sides about 5 inches each.
Fold base pieces in half meeting short sides together to get 14-1/2 x 12-1/2 piece. Press fold. Fold inner pocket pieces in half meeting short sides together to get 6-1/2 x 8-1/2 piece. Press fold. Fold outer pocket pieces in half meeting short sides together to get 6-1/2 x 6-1/2 piece. Press fold.
Open out base piece. On one short side, center the inner pocket accent folded piece at the edge, meeting raw edges, 4-inches in from a long side. This should center the piece with four inches on both sides to the long edge of the base. Layer outer pocket on top of the inner pocket piece. Pin and stay-stitch on sides only.
Using one of the handle webbing lengths, center the webbing over the raw edges of the pocket sides, and pin to the base going up to one inch below the pressed fold on the base.
Place a pin crosswise to show you where to stop, leaving the loop of the handle free.
Stitch from the bottom, up to the pin.
Pivot and stitch across the handle, then back down.
Repeat for the other side of the purse to get two units.
Sew to this point, and we’ll finish it next time. Here’s a pdf for your sewing room – Autumn About Town Purse Part 1.
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To see my Evening Harvest pattern of pumpkin stars on a midnight blue sky, purchase a digital issue of the current fall issue of Quilts and More online, or find it on newstands and in stores until the end of the month.
This is my first ever pattern published in a magazine, and it is a perfect quilt for Autumn.
What project from All People Quilt would you like to sew?