I absolutely love the project I am sharing with you today! I few years ago I was rushing to get ready for a vacation and my purse would NOT fit in my bag. I had one hour before I had to leave for the airport. What was I going to do? Well, being me, I decided to sew a new purse!
This is what I came up with! And since then I have used this purse absolutely all the time.
This purse is very lightweight and super handy to have around. I love to use this when I travel so I can fold it up in my luggage. I also really like to use it when I go for walks. It is the perfect size for a cell phone and smaller items.
This is a great first zipper project, so if you are just beginning with zippers this is a great place to start because you don’t have to worry about linings. Since the purse doesn’t have a lining it can be made quickly and simplifies the project. This is definitely a casual bag and I have enjoyed making this using both cotton and flannel fabrics.
Free Cut Layouts are available for two different styles, narrow and wide.
The black confetti purse is the wide version, and the cotton print is narrow.
Once you are comfortable with the process of how it is constructed it is super easy to adapt. By changing the length and width of your rectangles you can change the size of the bag. You can also use the same process to increase the number of zippers! I love the look with 3 zippers!
The wide bag measures approximately 7.375 x 9.5 inches and the narrow bag is approximately 6.375 x 9 inches.
- 2/3 yard cotton or flannel fabric (Makes 2 if the fabric is at least 40 inches wide)
- Two – Three 9 inch zippers (for each purse)
- Coordinating thread
- Fray Check (Optional)
- Sewing Machine
- Basic Sewing Tools (Pins, scissors, etc.)
- Ruler and marking tool (to draw the rectangles from the cut layout)
Free Cut Layouts:
DETAILED VIDEO INSTRUCTIONS: