Tweed Pants Purse

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Do you have an old pair of tweed pants that no longer fit? Don’t leave them in the closet! Instead, transform them into a fun and fashionable pants purse that’s quick and easy to sew.

Materials

  • Brown tweed pants
  • Lining fabric, 1/2 yd. for women’s size 8 (purchase additional fabric for larger size)
  • Assorted flat buttons
  • Brown ribbon: grosgrain, 1-1/2”; satin, 7/8”

Tools

  • Medium-weight interfacing
  • Sewing machine and coordinating thread
  • Needle

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, straight pins, iron and pressing surface

Directions

(Note: Sew all seams with right sides together, using 1/4” seam allowance, pinning and pressing as needed.)

1. Cut around pants the length from top of pants to crotch seam. (Note: Sample project was cut 10-1/2” from top of pants.) Stitching under zipper is rounded. Tear out stitching under zipper and sew a straight seam.

2. Fold lining fabric in half with right side facing in. Place cut pants shape with zipper at center front, on top of lining. Draw around edge of pants on lining with pencil. Remove pants from lining. Add 1/4” to top and side edges of drawn pants shape on lining. Cut out pants shape from folded fabric to make lining front and back. Cut two more pants shapes from interfacing. Baste interfacing shapes to wrong sides of lining shapes.

3. Turn pants inside out. With right sides facing, sew pants across bottom. Flatten one corner of pants to create a triangular point, aligning side seam with bottom corner seam. Mark a 5” line perpendicular to seam, 2-1/2” from point with pencil. Stitch along line. (See Figure 1) Trim triangle at corner, 1/4” from stitching. Repeat for remaining corner. Turn pants right side out.

Figure 1

4. Sew lining shapes together along the side and bottom edges, and finish corners in same way as pants. Do not turn lining right side out.

5. Cut two 2-1/2”x16” handles from pants fabric and interfacing. Baste interfacing to wrong side of fabric handles. Sew buttons in a line to center front of handles, beginning and ending 1-1/4” from ends. Sew buttons in a line to belt loops.

6. Fold and press one long edge of each handle over 3/4”. Fold and press opposite long edge of each handle over 1/4” to wrong side, then fold 1/2” more. Hand sew handles along 1/4” folded edge, using whipstitch. Securely sew assembled handles symmetrically to inside top front and back of bag, 1” from ends at placement of belt loops in front.

7. Fold and press top edge of lining over 1/2” to wrong side. With wrong sides of lining facing out, place lining in pants. Hand sew folded edge of lining to top edge of pants, using whipstitch.

8. Thread ribbons through belt loops on purse and tie bow in front. Sew center of bow to purse.

by Mary Ayres

Ribbon Tote Bag

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Doesn’t this bag just scream spring? This stylish tote is easy to make and the perfect accessory for any woman with a busy, on-the-go lifestyle.

Materials

  • White canvas tote, 8-1/2″x10-1/2″
  • Ribbons, 2/3 yd. each: 1/4″ hot pink gingham; 7/8″ floral print, hot pink, hot pink dot, lime green dot (two lengths); 1-1/4″ pink dot
  • Lime green rick rack, 1/4″-wide, 2/3 yd.
  • Hot pink/lime green embroidered flower trim, 1/2 yd.

Tools

  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Cut one each of floral print and hot pink ribbons to 23″ lengths. Cut two lime green dot ribbons to 23″ lengths. Cut one each of lime green rick rack, hot pink dot, pink dot, and hot pink gingham ribbons to 20″ lengths.

STEP 2

Adhere one lime green dot ribbon horizontally around tote, 1″ from top edge.

STEP 3

Starting below lime green dot ribbon, adhere pink dot ribbon vertically, 3″ from right side of bag; wrap around bottom and up back of tote to bottom edge of lime green dot ribbon. Adhere hot pink gingham ribbon vertically along pink dot ribbon left side. Adhere hot pink dot ribbon, then rick rack, in same way.

STEP 4

Adhere floral print ribbon horizontally, below lime green dot ribbon, and hot pink ribbon below floral. Tie remaining 23” lime green dot ribbon length into bow; trim ends diagonally. Adhere to tote as shown.

STEP 5

Cut two lengths of embroidered flower trim with five flowers each; adhere to front and back of tote along hot pink ribbon.

Tips

  • Substitute flower appliqués or silk flowers for the embroidered floral trim.
  • For a larger or smaller tote, measure around bag in both directions and add 2″ to measurements for ribbon lengths.

by Ann Krier

Simple-To-Sew Party Purse

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While this party purse is a perfect going-out companion, it’s also a great space saver for everyday use. Why not make one to take along to your next local craft show?

Materials

  • Fabrics of choice, 45” wide: outside, 1⁄6 yd.; coordinating lining, 1⁄3 yd.
  • Binding or ribbon in coordinating color, 46″ length
  • Hook-and-loop tape, 5” length
  • Cording, coordinating color, 1⁄16”-1⁄4” diameter, 54″ length

Tools

  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Iron and pressing surface

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, ruler, straight pins

Directions

Size

5-1⁄2”x7-1⁄2”

purse

(Note: Use 1⁄4” seam allowance unless otherwise indicated.)

1. For inside lining, cut 5-1⁄2”x17” rectangle from lining fabric. Separate hook-and-loop tape; center and sew one side of tape to right side of fabric, 1⁄2” from one short end.

2. For back pockets on top half of purse, cut 5-1⁄2”x10-1⁄2” rectangle from lining fabric. For top hem, fold one end under 1⁄4”; press. Repeat. Sew hem in place. Repeat for bottom hem, but fold fabric over instead of under. (See Fig. 1.) Fold fabric so back of fabric measures 7-1⁄4” and front of fabric measures 2-1⁄4”; press fold. Sew a very narrow hem along folded edge. (See Fig. 2.) Pin side edges of back pockets to side edges of inside lining so top back pocket is 2” from top of inside lining.

3. For top pockets on top half of purse, cut 5-1⁄2”x9-3⁄4” rectangle from outside fabric or lining fabric. In same way as back pocket, fold and sew hems; fold fabric so that back of fabric measures 5” and front of fabric measures 3-3⁄4”. Press fold. (See Fig. 3.) Sew across pocket, 1” from folded edge. Pin side edges of top pockets to side edges of inside lining so top of pocket is 2-3⁄4” from top of inside lining.

4. Sew sides of back and top pockets to sides of inside lining.

5. For bottom pockets on bottom half of purse, cut 5-1⁄2”x10-1⁄2” rectangle from lining fabric. In same way as back and top pockets, fold and sew hems; fold fabric so back of fabric measures 6-1⁄4” and front of fabric measures 3-1⁄4”. Press fold. Pin side edges of bottom pockets to side edges of inside lining so fold of pocket aligns with bottom edge of inside lining. Sew sides and bottom of pockets to inside lining.

6. For outside of purse, cut 5-1⁄2”x17” rectangle from fabric.

7. Place outside fabric right side up on work surface. Center and sew second side of hook-and-loop tape to outside fabric, 1⁄2” from one short end.

8. For strap, pin ends of cording to each side of inside lining, 2” from top. With wrong sides facing, sew inside lining to outside fabric, catching strap in stitching.

9. Beginning and ending at center bottom of purse, sew binding or ribbon along all edges of purse, folding corners in to meet on an angle. (See Fig. 4.) Fold purse.

by Mary Webster

Cigar Box Purse

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If you have an old cigar box that’s just collecting dust, why not turn it into a stylish and unique accessory?

Materials

  • Wooden cigar box, 6-1⁄2” square
  • Wood veneer (iron-on or glue-on), 3”x6”
  • Fabric of choice, 3⁄8 yard
  • Dover Publications Treasury of Historic Pattern and Design, ISBN: 048626274X
  • Buttons: ornate, three; black, two
  • Assorted beads, approximately 1⁄2”, 20
  • Black wire, 20-gauge, 16” length

Tools

  • Walnut Hollow Creative Versa-Tool
  • Delta Ceramcoat Instant Age Varnish
  • Adhesives: Therm O Web PeelnStick Double-Sided Adhesive Sheets, Beacon Adhesives Gem Tac Permanent Adhesive
  • Drill and drill bits

Basic Supplies

scissors, iron and pressing surface, paintbrush, tape

Directions

STEP 1

Iron or glue veneer to box front. Tape laser image face down on front. (Note: For image, designer laser copied design on page 117 from Treasury of Historic Pattern and Design.) Follow Versa-Tool manufacturer’s instructions to transfer image and stamp box. Stamp veneer in same way. Apply varnish to lid. Glue ornate buttons to box front.

STEP 2

For handle, drill holes on each side of latch. Insert wire through hole and beads onto wire; twist black buttons onto wire ends inside to secure.

STEP 3

For lining, cut 6-1⁄2” squares from cardboard and fabric. Use double-sided adhesive sheet to attach fabric to cardboard, and cardboard to inside of box.

by Rebekah Meier

Lace Patchwork Sweater

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Short bursts of colorful spray paint over a real-lace “stencil” – that’s the secret to transforming an ordinary sweater into a lace-print work of art!

Materials

  • White or ivory fine-gauge sweater
  • Flat lace, wide width, one yard
  • Tulip Fabric Spray Paint, three coordinating colors

Tools

  • Cardboard or shirt board

Basic Supplies

scissors, masking tape, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Wash and dry sweater without fabric softener. Place on work surface; insert cardboard or shirt board.

STEP 2

Cut lace into different-size pieces. Arrange lace on sweater front as desired. Protect areas not to be painted with masking tape.

STEP 3

Lightly spray one area of sweater with first paint color. Repeat with second paint color, then the third paint color. Repeat until all areas of sweater have been covered. (Note: Allow colors to overlap and blend.)

STEP 4

Remove lace; lay sweater flat to dry. Arrange lace and spray back of sweater in same way as front.

Other Options

  • Make a “lace patchwork” tote bag in same way.
  • Try technique with non-fabric spray paint on note cards or paper.

by Kirsten Peters McGrath for Duncan Enterprises (www.ilovetocreate.com)