| DIY | The Purselet

Funny how delicate confidence can be! I've been sewing for over 5 years now. Yet despite my most ambitious intentions I have yet to actually publish a proper tutorial.

Then came the day that I received a sewing machine to test-drive from some lovely trusting folks at Hobby Craft. 

Learning to sew is one of the biggest favours that I did for myself. By setting myself before a sewing machine I unwittingly set myself on a rewarding and perpetual path of learning that has actually changed many aspects of my life and I suppose, I would like to encourage/inspire someone to give it a go too. So, at the end of this series of DIY and test-drives this machine will be up for grabs!

Time to test my making mettle and hold your hand through my first step-by-every-step DIY.

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What you will need:

Cloth - 2 pieces about A4 in size, one for the lining and one for the outside. I used Liberty print and a plain dove grey from Klona Cottons.

Sewing equipment - Your machine, marking tools, cutting tools, pins, ruler, iron, thread.

Notions - popper button, needle and thread and heavy iron-on(fusible)interfacing. Decorations.


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Follow steps 1 - 6 on the PDF right through till you find yourself pinning your pattern to the folded fabric and cutting it out.

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7. When you remove the pins, your fabric should look like this. Ta-da!!

8. Iron on the interfacing onto wrong side of the fabric that you would like to have on the outside. You can also do the same to the lining fabric if you want your purse extra firm.
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9. Pin the 2 pieces together along the flat edge (not the curves side)with the right-sides together. Measure 6cm in and mark it. 

10. Sew up to the marks and backstitch a little. Take out the pins.

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11. Open out the newly joined piece and iron the seam flat. Fold together and iron again. Flip over.
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12.  On the interfacing of the outer fabric, measure 7.5 cm up from the stitches and draw a line.

13.  Fold the outer fabric back in on itself using the line as a guide and then iron it flat.
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14. Using the outer fabric as a guide, fold the lining fabric the same way. Iron that flat.
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15.  Pin the along the edges to hold everything in place then sew along the sides and the curved edge with a 1cm seam allowance.

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16.  Carefully, avoiding your stitches, snip the corners to reduce bulk (you can also trim the allowance if you like). Snip triangles into the curve to help it have a smoother finish.

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17.  Turn the whole thing inside out. Use a chopstick or a blunt pencil or skinny magic wand to gently push out the corners and the curve. Iron flat.

18.  Get your needle and thread and use invisible stitches to close up the gap.

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19.  Stitch in your popper and decorate as you fancy! You can use bows, lace appliqué, buttons, leather flowers  anything your imagination fancies.

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Now that you've finished, you can use it to store your precious things. I might use this one to collect Jokers. I am still obsessed with them!!

Now I know that this may seem very long-winded. I promise you it isn't! I just broke it down to very basic steps to help a beginner. The trick is not to over think things - Just give it a go and if you get stuck, you can give me a shout on Twitter. 

THANK YOUS | Hobby Craft  

USEFUL LINKS | Liberty Print Fabric Interfacings from Ray Stitch |


  1. You are more expert than I am! Very cute purse and even cuter that you collect joker cards.

  2. How beautiful!!! All I can do in the sewing world is replace a button.

  3. I've said it before and I will continue to repeat it - as far as I am concerned, you are a master seamstress. But I know that sometimes confidence takes a bit of time to catch up :) I wish I could follow along with this tutorial but, alas, I flunked out of sewing class in junior high and can just manage to sew a button back on a shirt under duress. Just. But not well ;)

  4. OMG! I absolutely LOVE the sakura print on the machine! I want one now! Great tutorial! I just might have to try this out. I loved your instructions for step 17 "Turn the whole thing inside out. Use a chopstick or a blunt pencil or skinny magic wand to gently push out the corners and the curve. Iron flat." LOL! If I had a skinny magic wand, then I'd use use the magic to do the work of pushing out the corners and curve--better yet, to make the items for me. Hahaha! Thank you for your hard work in preparing this tutorial!


  5. Great tutorial. I'm absolutely rubbish at sewing. I had one sewing project in 4th grade that turned out remarkable.

    I wish I had kept that momentum going. I desperately want to do some sewing projects, but I'm scare of my skills and lack of knowing how to operate a sewing machine. It would save to much time and money if knew how to do that.

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  6. this is lovely! so well explained!
    I have a sewing machine that sits starring at me but I lack the knowledge or confidence for it. I've always wanted to sew though. Sewing by hand, I can do, sewing on a machine...nope!

    definitely want to try this tutorial out. Thanks so much for sharing it

  7. this is such a great tutorial. i enjoyed it very much. i have been wanting a sewing machine for a long time and have been researching.. i think i am going to settle on the Kenmore 19106, which I think is from Janome? Anyway, I haven't touched a sewing machine since junior high school (home economics class) but i remember making a patchwork pillow and would love to make some more things for the home and stuff. i'm still thinking about it and how handy it will come. :)

  8. So cool. I could do with a sewing machine really. I have a lot of ideas, but no sewing machine. Love what you made, so cute and tutorial was marvellous doll xx


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