We have done the first part of the African Flower Purse, now, let’s come to the 2nd part – the sewing of the “insert” or lining and handles for the purse.
The “insert” or the lining is essential to make the crochet purse more stable and won’t sag when you put your heavy belonging into it, coin purse and mobile phone for example. With it, the African Flower will maintain it’s beautiful shape of hexagons. Indeed, this tutorial is about a complete sewn up purse with lining, and all you have to do is insert it to the crochet flowers purse(as shown in part 1) and stitch it up. In other words, you can take this part as an individual purse sewing tutorial, just change the plain fabric to something you like.
It seems like it took ages for me to prepare these 2 tutorials, which involved a Hong Kong trip, stay at home taking care of my 2 sick kids full time (though I managed to slip into my craft room to get it done bit by bit when there is an opportunity) and a hospital admission (not me but my daughter) in between the processes. What a relief… that things have settled down and I back in action finally… I promised, more crafts to come on the way… While I am writing this tutorial, my craft room table is now being covered by SOCKS…. guess what is coming up next!!!
African Flower Purse
To make: 1
Sewing Pattern: Download pdf sewing pattern here.
1. Fabric – Polka dot, 18″ x 20″
2. Fabric – beige, 18″ x 20″
3. Fabric – white, 18″ x 20″
4. Fabric – pocket (beige), 7 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
5. Batting – 18″ x 20″
6. Zipper – 6″, metal teeth
7. Canvas handle – 1″ width, 16″ x 2 nos.
8. Magnet closure
9. Crochet purse with African Flower (link to the pattern and tutorial)
1. Sewing machine
2. Sewing kits
3. Carbon and tracing wheel
4. Erasable fabric marker
6. Printer, letter size (8.5″ x 11″) paper 3 pcs. & glue
7. Fabric glue
11 1/2″ (W) x 6 3/4″ (H) x 5″ (D) without handle
Prepare all the materials as per the above list.
Download and print out the sewing pattern for the purse. Glue pattern on page 1 and 2 side by side. Cut out the pattern from paper.
If your crochet flower motif’s dimension is different from the one stated in part 1, adjust sewing pattern accordingly during the printing by reduction or enlargement.
Please note that the crochet purse will look smaller than the bag lining/insert after the motifs are joined up. The matter of fact that it fits snugly on the lining.
Trace the sewing pattern on the beige fabric with carbon paper and tracing wheel. Mark handle positions.
Lay the white fabric on your table, then lay batting on top of it. Cover them with the traced beige fabric. Pin.
Quilt the hexagons and purse outlines, you may quilt the top lines too if you wish.
Fold the quilted piece into halve with right side facing each other.
Align side seamlines and sew.
Trim to 1/2″ seam allowance.
Fold the base, align and sew. Trim to 1/2″ seam allowance.
Turn, with right side facing out. You may check the dimension with the crochet purse to see if you need any adjustment. Usually, you won’t need if your flower size is correct.
Again, the crochet piece might look a little smaller but since it can be stretched a little, don’t worry too much.
Trace the sewing pattern on the wrong side of the polka dots fabric. Trace only the seam lines.
Mark zipper, magnet closure, and side opening (for turning) positions.
Sew zipper pocket on the polka dot fabric. Refer to this tutorial for the zipper pocket making.
Sew side seams, and don’t forget to reserve an opening for the purse to turn right side out in the later stage. Remember to make a few back stitches so that the seam line is strong for the turning.
Sew base seams as well.
I am using ordinary 1/2″ magnets (small but strong magnets) as the magnet closure snap. If you are using those especially for bag and purse magnet closures, install it as per its instruction.
Put a small amount of fabric glue on both sides of the magnet and attach it on the marking. Cover it with a small piece of fabric.
Repeat the same to the other side.
Slot the beige quilted piece into the polka dot, with right side facing each other.
Sew and trim the top edges. Clip seam allowance on the zig-zag points.
Turn the purse right side out from the 4″ opening. Do it slowly as the purse is quite thick to go through the small opening.
Align all corners and seamlines. Press it with a warm iron if required.
Mark the magnet outlines with an erasable fabric marker. Stitch around it with a zipper foot. Sew it slowly so the circle is even and neat.
Topstitch the top zig-zag edge.
Sew canvas handles on the marking with matching thread.
If your canvas handle becomes ravel terribly on the raw/cut end, lightly burn it with a flame to melt the fibers and thus stop it from raveling.
Match the hexagons of crochet piece and sewing piece.
Sew the hexagon corners from the wrong side of the crochet piece to the right side of the sewing piece. Work around from bottom to top.
Sew more stitches on the top edge so that it covers up nicely.
~~ Done ~~