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Free Purse & Handbag Patterns - Over 450 Designs!
Because handbags are often small (especially coin purses), be especially accurate
when cutting out your fabric pieces. A piece that’s cut just a tiny bit off – a bit
inside or outside of the cutting line - can make a noticeable difference in the look of
your finished bag or result in pieces that don’t fit together right. And if your
pattern happens to have the seamlines printed on it, consider transferring these
lines to your fabric pieces to ensure even greater accuracy when sewing your seams
(instead of relying on the edge of your fabric as a guide as you sew).
And if you're making your purse from a pattern and the pieces aren’t labeled, go
ahead and label them (“front,” “back,” “pocket,” “strap,” etc.) because purses are
often made from simple geometric shapes that can easily be confused with one
another. Also label which pieces are top, bottom, right, and left.
And be sure to use a durable thread for your bag because it will likely be subjected
to lots of stress with everyday use. Synthetic and silk threads are generally more
durable than cotton threads, and of course, thicker threads (like upholstery thread)
are usually stronger than finer threads.
Make purses and bags with this collection of over 450 purse and handbag patterns
& tutorials gathered from all over the web – sew hobo bags, messenger bags, clutch
bags, zippered pouches, coin purses, evening bags, and more!