Mini felt purse tutorial

Well as I said on Friday, I was eating a sun lolly and thought the shape would make a super cute purse. So I used the wrapper as a guide to cut out my fabric and sewed it all together, I took a couple of pictures while going to make a little tutorial for you, but in the end I really did not like the purse 🙁
The shape doesn’t work well with small 3″ zips (opening is too small), and a bigger purse would look funny so I wont be sharing that tutorial with you.
BUT annoyed at my silly purse I was determined to make a different one using my new lovely zips and I made these!

Felt purse tutorial

They are super easy, fast and cute. They are big enough to keep bank cards, public traffic cards and a bit of spare change in. And I included a little ribbon loop so they can go on your keys too.
To make I used wool mix felt from sew sweet, 3″ zipper from zippit, some ribbon and sequins I had lying around.

Step 1
Cut two 9.5cm by 10.5cm squares from your felt, and a 6cm length of ribbon.

Step 2
I added a scalloped edge to the top of my felt (the 9.5cm side). Depending on what felt you use and how good your scalloped scissors are this may be easy or hard, so I suggest trying on a scrap piece of felt before you ruin the main pieces of felt.

If you don’t have scalloped scissors you can try cutting a wave yourself, you just need to not make it too big.

Step 3
Pin the shorter edge (9.5cm edge) of the felt along the edges of your zipper. And sew along the edge to secure it to the zipper. Repeat for both sides

Step 4
Now to decorate your purse (you could do this before you sew it to the zipper if you prefer)
I had some sequin butterflies lying around so sewed them on, but you could make a felt flower, or embroider a cute picture onto it or buy some premade felt embellishments, lots of options!

Step 5
Fold your ribbon in half and pin it about 1cm down from the zipper along the edge.

Then fold the felt squares right side together and pin around the edge.

Step 6
Sew all the way around the purse. Be careful of the metal gripper at the end of the zipper!

Cut the excess zip fabric off at the end the zipper connects. And at the other end fold over the edges at an angle and add a few stitches to keep them down and out of the way of the zipper (I don’t suggest cutting these  as it will weaken your seams).

Turn your purse right way out and it’s all done!

I am sharing this tutorial on lots of different blogs. View the full list of link parties I take page in.

6 thoughts on “Mini felt purse tutorial

  1. Sew Sweet

    wow hun, where do you find the time? These are fabulous, i love little purses but im not very good at putting in zips. Its something i really need to practise at, your tutorial is as always perfect & easy to follow. Thanks sweetie
    emma x

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