This fabulously floral handbag will sit perfectly on your arm. While it is compact, it still has plenty of room for your wallet, phone and all the other daily necessities. A handy outer pocket is perfect for those essential quick-reach items. It’s so practical and pretty, you won’t be able to resist!
- Trace all of the Beautiful Blooms Handbag templates (see Pattern Pullout Sheet) onto tracing paper or template plastic, transferring all the markings and cutting them out around the traced lines.
- From the main blue fabric, trace the main bag template twice and cut out along the traced lines.
- From the blue lining fabric, trace the main bag template twice and cut out along the traced lines. Now trace the side panel template twice onto the remaining lining fabric and cut out along the traced lines.
- From the pink fabric, trace the side panel template twice and cut out along the traced lines. Trace the pocket template twice onto the remaining fabric and cut out along the traced lines.
- From the mustard fabric, cut two strips measuring 4.5 x 24cm (13⁄4 x 91⁄2in) for the pocket top. Cut four strips measuring 5 x 42cm (2 x 161⁄2in) for the handles.
- From the coral fabric, cut three 3cm (11⁄4in) strips on the bias, each measuring 56cm (22in) in length.
- From the lightweight fusible fleece, trace the main bag template twice onto the folded fleece and cut out along the traced lines to make four pieces. Next trace the side panel template twice onto the folded fleece and cut out along the traced lines to make four pieces. Cut four strips measuring 5 x 42cm (2 x 161⁄2in) for the handles and set the rest aside.
- Take the main bag, lining, handle strip and your two pink side panel pieces and interface them all with your matching lightweight fusible fleece pieces. Take the two remaining side panel fleece pieces and shorten the top edges only by 1cm (3⁄8in). Use these to interface your lining side panel pieces.
- Create three lengths of piping with the coral fabric bias strips and white cord (see Creating Piping).
Like more pockets? Why not whip up one or two more to sew onto your bag lining to create convenient internal pockets?
5mm (1⁄4in) seam allowance included.
1). Take one of the pink pocket pieces and one of the mustard pocket top strips. Place these right sides together along the pocket top edge and sew in place. Press the seam to the pocket side then interface with the remaining fusible fleece. Topstitch along the pink pocket side of the seam only (see Useful Stitches). Sew the pocket lining and top strip
together in the same way, but do not interface.
2). Take one of the lengths of piping and tack (baste) it along the raw pink edge of the interfaced pocket front piece only (see Useful Stitches). The raw edge of the piping should lie against the raw edge of the pocket fabric and the piping should taper away from the pocket just below the seam. Trim the ends neatly.
3). Place the pocket and pocket lining pieces right sides together and sew these together along all three edges of the mustard top strip only. Snip the corners and turn right side out. Topstitch the centre 16.5cm (61⁄2in) of the top strip seam to create an elastic casing.
4). Now thread the white elastic through the elastic casing you just created in the pocket top. You can access this in-between the pocket and pocket lining layers. Sew a line of topstitching to secure the elastic at one end of the casing.
5). Pull the elastic through the remaining open end of the casing to create a nice gathering. The pocket top should now measure approximately 18cm (7in) in width. Secure the elastic at this end of the casing to create the elasticized pocket top. Trim any excess elastic from both sides of the casing.
6). Turn the pocket inside out again and tack (baste) the pocket and lining together all the way around the remaining raw edges with the piping between. Sew in place with the zipper foot as close to the piping as possible, leaving a 7.5cm (3in) gap along the bottom pocket edge for turning. Turn the pocket right side out and press, making sure that the turning gap is neatly folded in place. Position the pocket onto the bag front piece so that it is centred within the width and approximately 5cm (2in) down from the bag top edge. Now topstitch in place along the side and bottom edges.
7). Place the main bag front and back pieces on top of each other with right sides together. Sew together along the bottom edge of the bag and press the seam open. Repeat with the two lining pieces, this time leaving a 15cm (6in) gap in the centre for turning.
To insert elastic with ease, simply attach a safety pin to one end and use it to manoeuvre and guide the elastic through the casing.
8). Place one of the lengths of piping right sides together along the side and bottom edges of one of the pink side panel pieces. The raw edge of the piping should lie against the raw edge of the fabric and the piping should taper away from the panel, 1.5cm (1⁄2in) from the top edge. Machine tack (baste) the piping into place as shown below, and trim the ends. Repeat with the other side panel piece.
9). Take one of the pink side panels (with piping) and the main bag piece. Tack the side panel into position by hand, right sides together, onto one of the side edges of the main bag piece. It is easier if you work from the centre out. When you are happy with the fit, sew the side panel into position. Repeat for the other side of the bag, then repeat with your bag lining and lining side panels.
10). Take two of the handle strips and place them on top of each other, right sides together. Sew together along three sides, leaving one short end open for turning. Turn right side out (see Turning Handles), trim off the sewn end and press well. Topstitch the handle along both long edges. Fold the handle onto itself all the way along the length and then topstitch it in this folded position, starting and ending 4cm (11⁄2in) from both raw ends. Topstitch this together by stitching over your previous topstitching. Repeat to create the second handle piece.
11). Place one of the handles right sides together on top of the bag front. Machine tack the handle ends in position, close to the raw edges. Repeat with the second handle at the bag back.
12). Keeping the main bag right side out and the bag lining wrong side out, place the main bag inside the lining bag. Carefully sew all the way around the top of the bag, ensuring that you capture the bag handle ends within the stitching. Snip angles, curved edges and corners for flexibility. Ensure you snip a few times in the angles where the side panels meet the main bag.
13). Turn the bag right side out through the gap in the base of the lining and push the lining inside the main bag. Press, and then topstitch the opening all the way around the top edges of the bag.
14). Insert the magnetic closure into the centre of the lining, approximately 1.5cm (1⁄2in) down from the top edge (see Inserting Magnetic Closures). Ladder stitch the opening in the lining closed (see Useful Stitches).
It is important to snip your seams at times to allow the bag to turn right side out evenly and neatly without any puckering. Ensure that you do not snip too close to the sewn line as this may weaken or break your seams.
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