How to Make a Mini Purse With a Zipper & Lining in 7 Simple Steps

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11 Materials
3 Hours

Learn how to make a mini purse by following this DIY sewing pattern and instructions. It’s just the right size for your mobile phone and a few essentials, so you’ll want to take it everywhere with you! Let's get started.

Tools and materials:

  • Main print fabric
  • Coordinating plain fabric
  • Lining fabric
  • Fusible fleece fabric
  • 10-inch zipper
  • Sewing pins
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Thread
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine
Cutting out the pattern pieces

1. Cut the fabric

For all cutting measurements, follow the guide in the video from 0:48 to 1:16.

Folding the long edges

2. Sew the mini-purse sides and handles

Fold the long edges of your 8 x 37-centimeter (3⅛ x 14⅝-inch) plain fabric rectangle into the middle, then fold them in half lengthwise, keeping the right side on the outside.

Pinning the long edges, ready to sew

Pin and sew along both long edges. Do not backstitch at the ends.

Folding the rectangles in half and snipping the corners

Fold the printed rectangles in half widthwise, with right-sides facing in, and snip the folded corners.

Marking the center bottom

Open the rectangle and mark a 6-centimeter (2⅜-inch) section at the center bottom of the front of the fabric with pins.

Pinning the strap to the rectangle

With right sides facing, pin each end of a strap handle to the edge of the rectangle on the outside of the pin mark.

Easy sew mini purses

Repeat for the other printed rectangle and handle and sew the handles in place.

How to sew a mini purse

With right sides facing, pin a plain rectangle along the strap edge of each piece and sew in place with a 1-centimeter (⅜-inch) seam allowance.

Ironing the seams flat

Iron the seams flat on the back and the front.

Cutting out the interfacing

3. Add the interfacing

Cut your two fleece rectangles into the largest ovals you can.

Ironing the interfacing

Iron the fleece ovals to the back of your sewn mini-purse pieces.

Attaching the handles to the purse sides

4. Attach the handles

Pin the handles at the tops of the purse sides, and mark 2½-centimeters (1-inch) below the top edge of the purse on each handle.

Topstitching the mini purse

Topstitch across the bottom of the purse sides and along the handles as shown above.

Shaping the mini purse into an oval

5. Shape the purse into an oval

With the right sides facing, place the main purse sides and the matching lining pieces together.

Lay the oval fleece piece in the middle, leaving about 1-centimeter (⅜-inch) all around the oval. Mark the position of the handles on the oval. 

Cutting the oval shape

Cut the rectangle in an oval 1-centimeter (⅜-inch) larger than the fleece oval, not cutting across the edge where the handles come out.

Making a DIY mini purse

Your purse and lining pieces should look like this.

Ironing the interfacing onto the fabric

6. Make the zippered purse top

Iron the fleece rectangles to the fabric rectangles as shown above.

Marking the center points

Mark the center point on both of your rectangles and your zipper.

Pinning the zipper to the edge

With right sides facing, pin your zipper along the edge of one fabric piece and sew it into place with a 1-centimeter (⅜-inch) seam allowance.

Pinning and sewing the zipper

Pin and sew the other side of the zipper to the other piece of fabric as shown above.

Flatterning the seams and adding a topstitch

Flatten the seams towards the outer edges and top stitch along both sides of the zipper.

How to make a mini purse with a zipper

This is how it should look on the back.

Pinning the zipper to the fabric

With right sides facing, pin the zippered rectangle to the larger plain fabric rectangle, lining up the two short sides. Sew the short edges with a 1-centimeter (⅜-inch) seam allowance.

Snipping the top corner

Fold the mini-purse in half widthwise, with the right side facing in and snip the top straight corner.

Snipping the bottom corners

Now fold it in half lengthwise and snip both bottom corners.

Folding the zippered tube and snipping

Fold the zippered tube as shown above and snip all 4 corners.

How to add a zipper to a mini purse

Refold the zippered tube as shown above and snip all 4 corners again.

Making tiny snips along the edges

Make tiny snips all along both edges of the zippered piece.

Inserting the zipper

With right sides together, pin the zippered piece to one side of the purse. The snips you made will help you line up all the curved edges. Sew around that edge with a 1-centimeter (⅜-inch) seam allowance.

Sewing the zipper in place

Pin and sew the zippered piece to the other side of the purse in the same way as you did with the first side.

Adding lining to the mini purse

7. Add lining

Fold over and iron down one long edge of both small lining rectangles 1-centimeter (⅜-inch).

Pinning the lining, ready to sew

Pin both of those pieces to the larger lining rectangle, with the folded edges at the center. Sew both short edges with a 1-centimeter (⅜-inch) seam allowance. Make tiny snips along both outer edges of this newly sewn tube.

Pinning and sewing the lining pieces together

Pin the lining tube to the lining oval and sew it in place with a 1-centimeter (⅜-inch) seam allowance.

How to add lining to a mini purse

Sew the other lining side on the same way as you did the first.

Inserting the mini purse into the lining

Turn the lining right-side out and insert the inside-out mini-purse into the lining. Pin the top of the lining to the zipper and hand-sew them together.

How to make a mini purse

How to make a mini purse

Turn your whole mini-purse right-side out and start deciding what to fill it with! You’re going to find this DIY mini-purse so handy that your friends may ask for one too.

Leave a comment to let me know if you tried this mini-purse sewing pattern and how yours turned out.

Suggested materials:
  • Main print fabric
  • Coordinating plain fabric
  • Lining fabric
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