Today we finish up our Autumn About Town handbag. I am already getting comments from strangers as I carry this purse around town doing errands. I added a little lagniappe to it, and I’ll show you that at the end of the post. When we left off, the sides of the bag were done. Did you get this far stitching down the webbing handle?
Next, on the wrong side of the fabric, on the end with the pockets, fuse batting to the base following the manufacturer’s instructions. Repeat for second base unit in the same way.
Meet units right sides together, matching webbing points on the bottom and ensuring the loose handles are not in the path of the stitching line.
Leaving an opening in the lining end, stitch around the bag, pivoting at the corners, and ending at the top edge. Clip corners.
Box the corners on the bag and lining. Fold the bottom corner out with the seam in the middle creating a triangle point. Draw a line perpendicular to the seam two inches in. Sew across the seam on the drawn line.
Repeat for the other corner.
Turn right side out. Push the outer shell corners out with a chopstick or similar. Fold in the seam allowance on the lining and stitch closed.
Push lining into bag. Finish with a line of top stitching around the top of the bag, under the handles.
Now you have four pockets, two on each side so both the front and back are the same. If desired, add velcro as a closure. I also stitched a line across the bottom where the bag sits when open, to prevent keys from slipping too far down.
I thought I needed just a little extra for the side I would consider the front. So, I added a decorative pin. I’ve had that leaf pin for a while, but I’ve been seeing lots of them in the thrift stores lately. I might change it out with a rhinestone one, because you all know what a magpie I can be when there are sparklies in sight.
Keys and cell phones stay apart to prevent scratching, and lip gloss is easy to grab. These days a mask might live in one of those pockets too. Here’s a pdf for your sewing room – Autumn About Town Purse Finishing.
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