Freebie Friday: The Pretty in Plaid Purse

Here’s a really flirty, feminine bag for you pink lovers out there 😀
These aren’t the usual sorts of bags I design, but I thought I’d try something that looked a little fancier and less utilitarian than what I usually make.
The fabric was some leftover plaid from a pair of pants I made a long long time ago. It has a delightfully preppy look to it which is what inspired the style of the bag. The pocket is bound with some leftover lace I had while the inside has a set-in zipper.


The pocket and top of the bag are a little tricky, but the rest is straightforward.
Makes one 8” x 8” x 1½” bag

Materials & Tools:
• ½ yd. of medium weight fabric for outer bag (denim, twill, or canvas is good here, I used a plaid suiting)
• ⅓ yd. of lightweight fabric for lining (I used quilting cotton)
• 8” of 2” wide lace
• 12” long zipper (at least)
• Four 1” metal rings
• Sewing needle
• Matching sewing thread

Before you begin:
1. Print out the project pattern here
2. Assemble the pattern pieces, see the page here for more help
3. Lay out the pattern pieces on your fabric and cut them out
4. Mark the fabric pieces with the markings from the pattern

1. Sew the two pocket pieces together: the outer fabric and lining piece. Go around the rounded edge, leaving the top straight edge free for turning the pocket right side out. Trim the seam allowances, turn the pocket right side out, and press it flat.

2. Fold the pocket in half with right sides together. Sew along the pleat line that’s indicated in the pattern, making sure you only go about an inch and no further. Unfold the pocket and iron the pleat flat across the top.

3. I applied some lace to the top edge of my pocket, but you could also use a trim or something similar. I started by centering the lace over the top edge of the pocket and sewing it down along this edge.

4. Then I folded over the lace to the other side (also folding over the sides so all the edges are finished). I sewed along the edge of the lace from this side which anchored the scalloped edge of the lace from the right side as well.

5. Apply your pocket to your bag front. Edge stitch around the rounded edge of the pocket, leaving the top edge free so you can stash stuff away in it 😀

6. Now we begin adding your metal rings, so it can start to get a little tricky. Slip one metal ring through one of the points of your bag front. Line up this short edge with your facing piece and sew them together. Your metal ring should now be trapped between the two pieces and this will become what will loop through your metal rings in the finished bag. Press open the seam. Repeat this with all four points of your bag for the front and back.

7. Now make the small cuts as indicated by the pattern in the ring loop area. Fold back the seam allowances and top stitch them in place while the ring is moved off to the side. Repeat this with the other 3 ring loops for your bag.

8. Next up is the zipper. Line up the bottom edge of the bag facing with the top edge of the bag lining and the zipper in between. Sew all three layers together and press the fabric away from the zipper. Repeat this with the other side of the bag and the other side of the zipper.

9. With the zipper complete, move the zipper slider towards the middle of the bag. Now match up the edges of the lining with the other lining piece, and the outer bag front and back. It should look something like this. Sew around the straight edges of these pieces – the sides and bottoms – but skip over the corners, as we’ll sew those next. Sew very carefully over the zipper to be sure you don’t break your needle. Also remember to leave an opening in the lining area for turning the bag right side out.

10. Fold the corners of your bag at 45˚ angles to match up the side and bottom seams. When you sew along this straight edge you’ll give some depth to your bag. Repeat this with the other 3 corners.

11. Nestle the lining of your bag into the outer fabric and match up the raw edges at the top. You’ll be sewing the curved areas in between the metal rings. It’s a little tricky, but if you move the rings out of the way while you sew you should be able to get in between them. Be sure to not sew the areas beneath the metal rings, or you’ll trap them there, and we don’t want that. Notch the seam allowances at the top when you finish.

12. Turn the bag right side out from the opening in the lining and press the top seam. Topstitch about ¼” in from the top edge of your bag to keep the facing from peeking out.

13. Now to make the straps! Starting with your strap piece (I used some interfacing on mine because the fabric wasn’t very stiff), fold under each short edge by ⅝” and iron the folds in place. Now fold under each long edge by ⅝” and iron them in place. Now fold the entire strap in half lengthwise and iron it in place.

14. Sew the strap by edge stitching close to the folds you just made all the way down the length of the strap.

15. Install the handles by looping them through the other side of the metal rings. Fold over the handles and sew them in place with a box stitch. Now enjoy your bag because YOU’RE DONE!

There you have it! I really feminine and preppy looking bag I think 😀 It’s not usually my style but it was a lot of fun to make!
Do you have any clothing or accessories that aren’t really your style but you love them like crazy anyway? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!
I hope you enjoy making this project, or if you’d rather have the one from the pictures, you can buy it from my Etsy.
If you do wind up making the project, I’d love to see it! And I’ll send you free patterns from my Monthly Crafting Challenge!

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5 thoughts on “Freebie Friday: The Pretty in Plaid Purse

    1. I’m sorry about that! x_x that step is a little confusing, that part of the purse can probably can be improved upon, but making that pattern was a bit of an experiment xD;;; Hopefully /supercrossfingers this diagram might help explain!

  1. Ok I think I know what to do 😀
    Now I have to wait for my metal rings somehow I lost them and had to order new rings >.<
    Thank you 😀

  2. Is there a completely lost. I’ve cut it all out but now I’m stuck. The zip and rings and lining 🤔

    1. Unfortunately this is one of my older patterns and there’s no video, but I’ll do my best to explain it!
      Is there a certain step number you’re having trouble with first?

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