It bags can be thoroughly practical - as this handbag made from loud, attractive metallic lurex shows. Get the pattern and see how to sew together in a breeze below...
- Metallic lurex fabric (1 1/4 yds - 55" wide)
- Pink cotton fabric (5/8 yds - 55"wide)
- Straight pin
- Hand sewing needle
- Fabric scissors
- Seam gauge
- Chalk pencil
- Edge shaper
- Template / Pattern (download here)
With a 1 cm (3/8 in) seam allowance on all sides, cut out: 1 x piece 1 (handbag) on the fold from outer metallic fabric, 2 x piece 2 (facing) from outer metallic fabric, 1 x piece 3 (lining) on fold from lining fabric.
Close the side seams of pattern pieces 1, 2, and 3 at 1 cm (3/8 in) right sides together.
Pin the facing (piece 2) to the handbag piece (piece 1) right sides together.
Stitch 1 cm (3/8 in) along the strap (the curve at the centre and the two outer curves, but not the strap ends at the top).
Next, carefully trim the seam allowances on the straps, leaving a narrow edge. Carefully clip the curves.
Turn the handbag inside out (pull straps through) and press the edges. Next, insert one strap into the other right sides together and baste together 1 cm (3/8 in) from the edge.
Sew with the sewing machine, press the seams apart and trim the seam allowances.
On the right side (outer side), press the edges and topstitch (along the straps/opening) to create a narrow seam.
Pin lining (piece 3) to handbag facing right sides together and stitch around the entire piece (leave opening of approx. 8 cm (3 1/4 in) for turning right side out).
Press seam allowances (lining and facing) into the lining pouch and turn right side out. Finally, sew the opening shut by hand.
No closure, yet closed: Simply pull the large loop through the small loop!
TIPS AND TRICKS
Pink is the perfect color for the transition periods between seasons. Combined with both light summer pieces and moody autumnal colors, it uplifts the atmosphere instantly. Those who think pink is too bright can choose among various rose tones. They have a more elegant look and add just as much radiance to complexions. Pink with a bluish cast flatters those with rosier complexions and ash hair tones, while pink with a yellowish cast looks wonderful paired with a golden, warm complexion.