Monday, October 29, 2012


It was time to  change from my summer purse to a winter purse, but I was tired of the one I had been using for a few years.  I decided to make one and I had received a pattern a couple years ago from Barbara in a drawing.  I looked it over and decided it might make a good purse for me.

I had the pattern and I wanted to use fabric from my stash, so I started trying to find some fabric.  I picked out a piece of upholstery fabric that I either got at a garage sale or from someone in my guild - I didn't remember which.  Then I picked out some fabric that I liked - and that went with it - for the lining, pockets and handles.

Here is the outside of the bag done.  The only thing I purchased to make it was the magnetic  closure for $1.00.

Here I'm making pockets for the inside lining.

One side has a huge zippered pocket that is equal to the whole side.

Here it is finished.

View of the inside with stuff in it.

One inside section with pockets along the side. 

The two zippered sections, one is a divider for the middle.
When I got to the handles, I didn't think I would have enough of my cotton fabric to make them, but luckily I just barely had enough!  I will use one of the outer pockets for my keys and one for my cell phone.

As I was literally digging around looking for purse fabric in my sewing closet, I also found some other upholstery pieces and decided to make a couple of these little bags.  I like this for keeping just some money and a cell phone for when you don't want to carry the larger purse around.  They make nice little gifts, too.

I like these little zipper pulls that I purchased several years ago to use on little pouches.

This is the pattern I used for the little bags.
I think I'm going to really like my new purse.  It sure has plenty of pockets for different things.  I doubt I will even need all of them!  Do you make your purses?


  1. I don't make my purses, but I have a hard time finding them with all of the pockets I want. If you start taking orders, let me know. : )
    This looks wonderful--and so do your little pouches. Love the zipper pulls. Very nice work, Ruth!

  2. OK--you win. My purse is a purse. Yours is a showplace!! I have found that I don't like the pockets on the outside of the purse. I also wanted something to hold the top closed a little. Your is perfect. I can send you my mailing address to save myself the time of making one! Just kidding.

    Where did you get the little pouch pulls? They make it so much more special. I make all the girls in my life cosmetic bags/pouches/carriers for their birthdays. Those would totally add to the cuteness factor.

  3. What a great purse! I love all the pockets in there, it is perfect! You did a great job. Years ago, in the 1970's I made myself a purse, way before it was fashonable. I loved it, it was red! I have not made another one, but maybe I should give it a try. I love yours!

  4. They turned out great, Ruth! I've been contemplating the same thing lately .... more pockets, less size.

  5. Oh I love all those pockets!!! My cell always ends up at the bottom of my purse. Love the outside pockets too. Wonderful job.

    blessings, jill

  6. How neat! All those pockets are great! Pockets are usually the first thing I examine when looking for a new purse. You've got them all figured out! ---"Love"

  7. We can always use more pockets in our purses, can't we? Great purse.

  8. looks good. Can you have too many pockets in your purse? I bet I could fill them all up.

  9. That looks mighty complicated with all those pockets, but I need a purse like that so I quit losing everything! You did a great job - it looks like something you'd buy (which is a compliment, by the way!).

  10. WOW, Ruth aren't you clever!! i agree the more pockets the better lol!! those little bags are super cute and love the upholstery fabric, reminds me of the mountain trail :)))