How to Sew a Cute Plaid Purse, Perfect for Fall and Winter

10 Materials
3 Hours

This amazing DIY purse holds so much and looks so gorgeous. You can make it with different fabrics and use your creativity to change the looks. This simple purse sewing pattern makes it easy for you to make your own purse.

If you’ve been wanting to learn how to sew a purse, this tutorial is for you. Let me show you how to make a purse out of fabric.

Tools and materials:

  • Fabric:
  • Outer layer - 2 pieces 15.75 X 13 inches
  • Lining - 2 pieces 15.75 X 13 inches
  • Strap - 1 piece 27.56 X 4.72 inches
  • Fusible interfacing (medium weight)- 2 pieces 14.96 X 12.2 inches
  • Ruler 
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle and thread
  • Seam ripper
  • Snap buttons
Cutting out the interfacing

1. Prepare the interfacing

Fold one piece of the interfacing in half. Mark a square at the top at the folded corner that measures 2.75 X 2.75 inches.

Then, make a smaller square on the opposite end at the open corner, marking it at 1.75 X 1.75 inches.

Cut these pieces out. 

Making the purse sewing pattern

Open up the fold. This your pattern. Mirror the pattern on the second interfacing.

Easy purse sewing pattern

2. Prepare the outer fabric

Lay both pieces of the outer fabric with the wrong side facing up. Lay the fusible interfacing on the wrong sides and iron. 

Lay the lining underneath the outer fabric with the interfacing facing up so the right sides are together. 

Cutting out the pattern in fabric

Cut the fabrics to match the pattern, leaving a ¼-inch seam allowance. Remove the lining pieces and set aside.

Clipping the fabric pieces ready to sew

Lay the two outer pieces so their right sides are together. Clip in place.

Sew right at the edge of the interfacing, leaving a ¼-inch seam allowance. Sew on 3 sides, leaving the little squares and the top unsewn.

How to make a purse out of fabric

3. Make the bottom of the bag

Grab the bottom of the bag where the little corners are and press it flat. Clip in place.

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Stitch this closed at the very end of the fusible interfacing, leaving a ¼-inch seam allowance in the fabric. Turn the bag inside out. 

Preparing the lining for the DIY purse

4. Prepare the lining

Place the lining right sides together. Clip the lining in place. At the bottom, mark a 4-inch gap that should remain unsewn.

Sewing the purse lining

Sew all around the lining, leaving a ¼-inch seam allowance. 

Pressing the seams open and flat

Use the iron to press the seams open and flat. 

How to make a purse with lining

Just like with the outer fabric layer, grab the bottom of the lining, flatten it, and clip or pin in place. Sew across, leaving a ¼-inch seam allowance.

Inserting the lining into the bag

5. Attach the lining to the bag

Slip the outer fabric layer into the lining.

Matching up the seams

Match up the seams of both the layers and clip or pin in place. Pin at the corners. 

Marking where the handle area will go

6. Sew the inner handle area

Mark the line of the cut-out for the handle of 1.97 inches or 2 inches on either side. 

How to sew a purse

Sew these exact markings on both sides of the bag with a ¼-inch seam allowance. Do not sew above this line. 

Snipping the corners of the seam allowance

Snip the corners on the seam allowance on both sides in the cut out of the bag.

Folding the layers of fabric

Fold the lining and outer layer inward, separately. Press. Clip. Do this to all three sides of the cut out. 

Pinning the top of the purse ready to sew

At the very top of the bag, stitch with a ¼ inch seam allowance.

Flip the bag inside out

7. Finish the bag

Once everything is sewn, flip the bag inside out using the 4-inch unsewn part in the lining to pull the bag through. 

Tucking the lining into the bag

Pull the lining out to hand sew the seam closed. Tuck the lining into the bag.

Ironing the lining

Iron the interior of the lining, smoothing out any wrinkles, especially near the cut out areas.

DIY purse

At the top of the bag there should be 4 openings.

Topstitching the DIY purse

Topstitch as close as you possibly can get in the bottom of the cut out at about an ⅛ inch up to the openings. Keep the openings unsewn.

Topstitch across the unsewn top at 1.18 inches to create a channel for the strap.

Pressing the fabric for the purse strap

8. Make the strap

Take the long piece of fabric - 27.56 X 4.72 inches (or to simplify make it 28 X 5 inches) and fold it in half. Press to flatten. 

Folding and pressing the purse strap

Open it back up and fold it in quarters. Press the first quarter down. Then, fold the other quarter back up to meet the other fold at the center. Press them down.

Pressing the folded strap

Then fold the final fold inward to make a narrow strap. Press.

Sewing straps for the DIY purse

Leave about 2 inches unsewn at either end of the strap. Topstitch on both sides of the strap with less than an ⅛ inch seam allowance.

Inserting the straps into the casing

9. Insert the strap

Use a large safety pin or a loop turner to pull the strap through the casing.

Sewing the straps

When the ends meet, open up the unsewn ends.

Attaching the straps to the purse

Pin these in place and stitch with a ¼ inch seam allowance. Open up the seam allowance. Flatten.

Finishing the purse strap

Then, refold the strap. Topstitch at ⅛ of an inch.

Attaching button snaps

10. Attach the button snaps

Use a seam ripper to create a small hole near the top of the bag by the cutout.

Insert the snap on one side and connect the back portion to make it complete. Then mark the opposite side of the bag to line up the snaps.

Use the seam ripper to create the hole there as well. Insert the snap, following the same method.

How to sew a purse for fall and winter

How to sew a purse for fall and winter

You are done! I hope that this tutorial on how to make a purse helps you make your own DIY purse today! Please let me know in the comments what you think of this tutorial and the final result.

Suggested materials:
  • Exterior fabric - 2 pieces 15.75 X 13 inches
  • Lining - 2 pieces 15.75 X 13 inches
  • Strap - 1 piece 27.56 X 4.72 inches
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