Purse Tutorial

Hi Everyone

I am really sorry about not being on the last few days. There has just been so much going on. If life wasn’t happening – migraines were. Well, anyways, I’m here today.

I have been asked to make a tutorial of the purse I have previously posted. You can see original post here. This is my first tutorial, so I hope you understand it. If you have any questions or need clarification on anything – please leave a post or email me: cynthia.hawkins999@gmail.com.


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The purse back is 9″ X 8 1/2″

On one of the 9″ sides – score at 2″ and 3 1/4″

Score at 1 1/4″ on the 3 remaining sides

Don’t pay any attention to the punched circles. I wrote the wrong measurement down, so I just covered it with a circle.

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Score and cut where indicated. The purse back will look like this:

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The Purse Front measure 8 1/2″ X 5 3/4″

Score at 1 1/4″ on both 5 3/4″  sides and one 8 1/2″ side

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Score and cut where indicated. The purse front will look like this:

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You want to go ahead and embellish the front of the purse with any designer series paper and any flat embellishments.

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Add sticky strip to the back side of the purse front as shown: I used 1/2″ sticky strip since it was all I had, but 1/4″ will work just as good.

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You want to peel the sticky strip off the bottom of the purse and adhere the tabs to the bottom of the purse as shown: I know this picture is upside down, it was the only way I could show you what to do. 🙂

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Remove rest of stick strip and attach to purse back. The flaps on the purse back will go inside the purse front so the seams will be on the back side of the purse. It is easier if you attach the bottom of the purse first.

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Then attach the sides.

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Your purse should look like this:

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Next, you want to make the handle. I used about 15-16″ of ribbon. I took the end of the ribbon and folded it over 2 times so there are no edges showing and also to help reinforce it.

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You put this on the underside of the purse top and wrap ribbon around outside of top. Make sure the ribbon on inside of purse is lined up with the ribbon on the outside and using your paper piercer – pierce through all layers.

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Insert brad through all. Repeat on other side.

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If you are going to have a decoration for the closure, you want to make sure it is something that is not going to come off as people will try and pull on it to open the purse. I used a ribbon bow that I wrapped a brad around (instead of tying it) and then pushed the brad through the purse top as shown:

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Underside of top showing the brad ends.

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I then used velcro closures to hide the brad on the underside.

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You now want to add the rest of your embellishments. I didn’t add anymore to this purse except some more washi tape.

Here is a purse I had previously made that I added more embellishments on the outside:

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You are now finished with your purse. It will hold 6 cards and envelopes depending on how fat your embellishments are. Here is the finished purse and 6 cards:

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So…what do you think of the tutorial?  Won’t you let me know in today’s comment? Your comments are important to me…and I do read each and every one of them! And remember, if you ever have a question about the cards I create, or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.

Thank you for visiting. See you soon.

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2 thoughts on “Purse Tutorial

  1. This is a cute little project. What are you going to use yours for? I was a little confused in a couple of places, but I got there in the end. I like it and will repeat it, I’m sure.

    • Thank you Marilyn. I’m glad you like it and figured it out. Like I said this is my first tutorial. Not sure. Maybe as a Hostess Gift or door prize. I sent one to my sister with the cards and she just loved it. She wants me to send her another one. Been contemplating a craft fair as these would be nice to sell.

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