Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Pleated Purse Tutorial



My 2 1/2 year old has been asking for me to make her a purse for a while and this weekend I finally got around to it. She uses it to put her scriptures in and was so proud to take it to church on Sunday!

To start you will need:
- 1/2 yard main fabric
- one fat quarter or 1/8 yard of coordinating fabric
-1/2 yard medium fusible interfacing
-thread

Get all the cutting done first but keep the fabric you cut separated into 3 different piles-

Outside pile:
For the outside you need to cut: 
5 pieces of the main fabric-
2 pieces that are 5x17 inches each
2 pieces that are 5x2 inches each
1 piece that is 8x2 inches
4 pieces of the coordinating fabric-
2 pieces that are 8x3 inches each
2 pieces that are 3x2 inches each
Interfacing-
2 pieces that are 8x3 inches each
2 pieces that are 3x2 inches each

Liner pile:
For the liner you need to cut:
Main Fabric:
2 pieces that are 8x7 inches each
2 pieces that are 2x7 inches each
1 piece that is 2x8 inches
Interfacing:
2 pieces that are 8x7 inches each
2 pieces that are 2x7 inches each
1 piece that is 2x8 inches


Straps Pile:
Main Fabric:
2 pieces that are 16x5 inches each

Ok... Once you have all the fabric cut put the liner and strap piles aside. We are going to start with the outside of the purse first.

Step 1: Take both of your fabric pieces that measure 5x17 and get your fabric pleated... You can do this any way you would like- having more or less pleats. I just kinda eyeballed it but started by marking one inch in the middle of the fabric and pleated each side of the fabric toward the middle. Pin your pleats in place. Make sure that when you are all done pleating that your pleated fabric measures 5x8 inches.  (if you are all done pleating the way you want it to look and there is excess on each side feel free to cut the excess off so that it measures 5x8)


Step 2: Take all your coordinating fabric for the outside and iron on the interfacing to each piece. (Throughout my tutorial you will have to imagine that the my blue and white striped fabric pieces have interfacing on them- I made my purse without it and then took it apart to add the interfacing on this step to give the purse more strength and body.)

Step #3: Take one of your pleated fabric panels and one of the 8x3 inch coordinating panels and put then right sides together and sew along the top. Do this to the other pleated panel. And then get the 5x2 inch main fabric and the 3x2 inch coordinating fabric and do the same to them.


When you are all done you should have 4 separate pieces that look like this and one leftover piece (8x2 inches) for the bottom of the purse.


Step 4: Take the sides of the purse and pin them right side together with one of the front pleated pieces and sew along the sides.

Step 5: Unfold the pieces and then pin the bottom of the purse right sides together with the main piece and sew along the bottom.

Step 6: After you have sewn all the side and bottom pieces of the bag to one pleated side take the other pleated side and put it right sides together with the bottom piece and sew it. When you are all done and it is turned right side out it should look like this.

Step 7: Pin the 2 sides of the bag together and pin and then pin the sides to the bottom of the bag and then sew. Make sure you have all the edges lined up so that after you are done sewing none of the raw edges are peeking through the seams. 
After you are done sewing, turn the bag right side out and make sure all the seams look good and put this part of the bag aside.

Step 8: Take the pieces for the lining of the purse and iron all the interfacings to each piece.

Step 9: Sew all the pieces together in the same way you put the first part of the bag together. It should look like this when you are all done.

Step 10: Put the liner of the bag inside the outside of the bag and tuck the raw edges of the top of the bag in between both pieces and iron to press each seam flat.

Put the bag aside and grab your pieces for your straps.

Step 11: Fold and iron each strap in half wrong side together. After it is pressed nicely so you can see the line, open up so that the wrong side of the fabric is facing up.

Step 12: Fold each of the edges toward the center and press.

Step 14: After you are done pressing the edges to the center, fold back in half. (All the raw edges should be on the very inside of the strap now) Press one more time really well.

Step 15: After the strap is pressed sew a seam as close as you can along each side of each strap. After the strap is sewn along the side edges, take each strap and poke each end of the strap down in-between the layers of the purse and pin in place so that each side is uniform. 
(Sorry I forgot to take a picture of this step.)

Step 16: Sew all the way around the top of the bag. You may want to stay-stitch back and forth over each strap to reinforce it.


YAY! Now you are all done!!!!


If you have any questions about making this purse, email me at mommybydaycrafterbynight {at} gmail {dot} com.
Feel free to stop by and check out my blog too! :)

21 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for the tutorial! It is perfect! :-)
    www.vallys-creations.gr

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  2. So adorable. I pinned it! Thanks for making such a great tutorial. If you have a moment, I’d love for you to link it up to my party: http://trophyw.blogspot.com/2011/10/linky-10-will-craft-for-pins.html

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  3. I haven't really done pleats much, but you're kinda making me want too. Cute purse:>

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  4. Love everything about this! My oldest turns 8 in afew months and she'd love something like this :)

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  5. The fabric is gorgeous, first of all. And second, I think I just MAY be able to do this myself! Pleating scares me for some reason, maybe because I am such a newbie sewer. Love this though, you do the BEST projects here!

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  6. This is so cute! Makes we want to work even harder on my sewing! Would love it if you would stop by and share this at my linky party! http://everything-underthemoon.blogspot.com/2011/10/bedazzle-me-monday-2_02.html

    Have a great day!!

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  7. It's such a cute purse! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  8. Ummm. Holy Cuteness! Love it! Have I mentioned that you are oh so talented? :) I loved the skirt you just made too!

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  9. This is adorable! Love the pleats!

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  10. What little girl wouldn't love a bag like this. It's adorable. Love the style. Love the fabric choices.

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  11. This is so cute and looks easy enough to make. Feel free to link up to the Success U - Wednesday Linkup Party at www.thestuffofsuccess.com

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  12. What a great purse--I love it and want to make one for myself...I'll put it on my "to do" list :)

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  13. This is the fourth or fifth link that I've clicked on in the past week that has brought me to your blog, lol!! I think it's safe to say I just need to follow you to keep up to date on all your beautiful projects. I love the fabric choices and the design on the purse. It's fabulous. :)

    xxoo,
    Liberty
    libertyoriginal.blogspot.com

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  14. Love how it turned out Ashley! Thanks so much for linking up with us at Show & Share!

    Marie
    Mylilpinkpocket.blogspot.com

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  15. Love this :) you did a great job and thanks for sharing.

    I would love for you to link up your creation at http://www.jaqsstudio.com/2011/10/jaqs-studio-first-ever-linky-party.html

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  16. This bag is absolutely stunning…thank you got the nice tutorial. I have pinned this.

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  17. What a pretty bag! I think this will be something I make for my daughter. The pleating is fantastic!

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  18. The bag is SOO cute! I love the pleats and the fabric.

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  19. I featured your purse on Everything Under the Moon!! Stop by and grab a featured button if you like :)
    http://everything-underthemoon.blogspot.com/2011/10/you-dazzled_09.html

    Thanks for linking up!!

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  20. even though you made this for your daughter, I'm thinking I'm going to make it for my mom for her birthday tomorrow. It will be a nice small-ish summer purse, I think! Thanks for the fantastic tutorial. :)

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  21. Well done. Very nice. Will be featured at PatternPile.com

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Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!
xoxo, Ashley