Wood Handle Purse {Tutorial}

Wood Handle Purse

Let me tell you how long I’ve been wanting one of these purses!  I found one on Etsy and while totally worth every penny, I just couldn’t justify buying one when I had everything to make it on hand except for the handles.  So yesterday I bit the bullet and finally made it and I am in love!

The supplies:  Chambray fabric, lining fabric, fusible fleece, handles (on clearance at Joann’s for $3.97-score!). I also made the wool felt flower brooch and can show you how in another post.

Wood Handle Purse

Step 1:  Cut out two pieces of the chambray (exterior fabric), two pieces of the lining fabric and two pieces of the fusible fleece.  I cut mine all 16 inches by 13 inches and my finished bag is about 14 inches by 11 inches.

Step 2:  Fuse the fleece to the wrong side of your exterior fabric per manufacturer instructions. Do this for both pieces.

Wood Handle Purse

Step 3:  Place one lining piece right side to the right side of one exterior piece.  Sew along the short edge and about half way down each side.  Repeat for the other lining and exterior piece.

Wood Handle Purse

Step 4:  This part is hard to explain but fold your lining and exterior material apart on each of the two bag parts.  Then place the two pieces together with lining against lining and exterior material to exterior material.  Pin in place.  You will have two sewn flaps that kind of just stick out for now.

Wood Handle Purse

Step 5:  I used a bowl to create rounded corners on each of the four pinned off corners.

Wood Handle Purse

Wood Handle Purse

Step 6:  Sew around all the pinned edges right up to the stitches from step 3.  Leave an opening in the lining piece for turning.  After sewing clip your corners and trim excess seam allowances.

Wood Handle Purse

Step 7:  Turn right side out, push out all seams and iron the lining piece.

Wood Handle Purse

Step 8:  Sew the opening in the lining piece closed.

Wood Handle Purse

Step 9: Tuck the lining into the bag and iron.

Wood Handle Purse

Wood Handle Purse

Step 10:  Stitch a short horizontal reinforcement stitch just under the bag opening.

Wood Handle Purse

Step 11:  Hand sew in the handles by folding the top of the bag through a handle and sew where the folded material meets the lining.  I doubled up my thread for extra strength.

Wood Handle Purse

This is what it will look like when you are done sewing in the handle.

Wood Handle Purse

Finish it off with a beautiful brooch and you are done!

Wood Handle Purse

So what do you think??  I love it!

Wood Handle Purse

The fully lined interior.

Wood Handle Purse

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Comments

  1. I love how this came out!!!! Great fabric!! I pinned it to Pinterest and I’m now following you on FB.

    Stopping by from Under the Table Dreaming linky party. Here is what I shared: http://craftybrooklynarmywife.blogspot.ca/2012/03/vinyl-amp-cover.html

  2. This reminds me so much of a purse I used in high school and absolutely adored. I SO wish I could sew!

  3. This is so cute! I’m always eyeballing those wooden handles is the craft store. Now I might just have to buy some! Love it!!

    Stop by The Little Giggler some time. :) http://www.thelittlegiggler.com

  4. Great tutorial! Great after!!

  5. Peg Cooper says:

    Beautiful, I love the simplicity, not fussy pockets and straps..

  6. So cute! I featured it today. Here is the link…http://sewlicioushomedecor.com/sew-thankful-series-purses-handbags-day-17/ :)

    Marti

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