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My first purse - hand sewn!

Added Apr 15, 2010

by dilshadburman

Toronto, Canada






I made this purse last year, my very first!

I saw these felt purses somewhere one day, that opened out completely flat with a zipper running completely around them, and when zipped up, were either round or oval shaped. I didn’t want to bother with the zipper and things but I did like the concept.

I set about looking for industrial grade felt, which I landed up finding just at my local Fabricland, and just cut out some circles and got to work.

I hand sewed this entire thing and although thick felt is hard to hold together, the actual act of getting the needle through is not too bad, if you have a nice sharp but strong needle. I just used slightly thicker, regular sewing needles. Once I was done with the basic stitching – I did a very close and tight running stitch – I went over it with embroidery thread in a blanket stitch for both durability and decoration. I also made sure to reinforce the handles with an extra semi-circular layer of felt, hot glued to the inside to make sure they didn’t buckle with time.

This bag started off my bag making, craft fair obsession that finally led me to Etsy, but this one I’m keeping. Its my first – the perfect alternative to the little black evening purse.

Material Notes

Very thick felt, and more thin felt for decorating!




Garment Type
Evening Wear

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    Apr 18, 2010, 06.32 PMby cantare

    nicely done, retro and mod and such perfect stitches! don’t let your sewing machine take that away!

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    • Pixie_redux2_large

      Apr 18, 2010, 07.42 PMby dilshadburman

      Thank you so much!

      And no, I will always return to hand sewing for some things. :) Embroidery and detailed work are things I still prefer doing by hand. :D

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    Apr 15, 2010, 11.48 PMby mlssfshn

    love it! very hip!

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    Apr 15, 2010, 04.16 PMby eugeniaofthewasps

    I love it!

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    Apr 15, 2010, 04.14 PMby sandoz18

    Love the shape and the applique! If you make another, please consider posting a how-to for us. :)

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    • Pixie_redux2_large

      Apr 15, 2010, 04.26 PMby dilshadburman

      I’ll work on a how-to for sure.

      In the mean time, I documented the process on my blog and its a pretty clear tutorial – if you can get past my rambling!


      Let me know if you’d like clearer instructions though!

    • Collar2_large

      Apr 16, 2010, 12.05 AMby sandoz18

      Thanks—that’s a great tutorial! I’ve been wanting to make a purse like this for a while. :)

    • Pixie_redux2_large

      Apr 16, 2010, 12.37 AMby dilshadburman

      Please do post pictures of your finished project! I’d love to see it! :)

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    Apr 15, 2010, 09.14 AMby bridlin

    looks great!

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    • Pixie_redux2_large

      Apr 15, 2010, 02.15 PMby dilshadburman

      Thank you kindly. Its functional too, which is a must for me! :)

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    Apr 15, 2010, 08.19 AMby thesweetesthing1975

    This is so neat! And you’re really something to hand sew that bag. It’s lovely nad the applique is such a nice touch.

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    Apr 15, 2010, 07.07 AMby mixtlii

    Very nice! Te round shape is great!

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