I made myself a purse/tote, and used one that I really like the shape and size of to make my pattern. I like it so much, that I'm sure sometime I will want to make another one, so, I'm making a tutorial so that I won't have to figure it all out again! If you want to make one you are welcome to use it too. My thanks to clever people on line who provide tutorials that I give links to!
This is the bag that I really like, so I decided to use it as my model, only with more pockets. It has one zipper pocket inside, and a pocket that my sunglasses will fit in. My Ipad fits in just right, along with misc. stuff!
To make this you will need:
1 yard of outer fabric
1 yard of lining fabric
1 yard of fusilbe interfacing
One 7 inch zipper that matches lining
1 yard thin cord to make piping (if desired)
1 yard thick cord for handles
Begin by cutting out all of your pieces, a quick job with your rotary cutter! ** All measurements are in inches, seams are 1/4 inch unless otherwise noted.
From outer fabric cut:
2 - 15 1/2 X 11 1/2 (front and back base pieces)
1 - 9 1/2 X 4 1/2 (bottom), round corners
2 - 4 1/2 X 11 1/2 (side fronts)
1 - 8 1/2 X 8 (front center outside pocket)
Front lining fabric cut:
2 - 15 1/2 X 11 1/2 (main front and back lining)
1 - 9 1/2 X 4 1/2 (bottom lining), round corners as you did the outer fabric bottom.
2 - 13 X 6 1/2 (for inside pockets)
1 - 8 1/2 X 8 1/2 (to line outside pocket)
1 - 8 X 14 (inside zipper pocket)
1 - 2 1/2 X width of fabric (for piping)
From fusible interfacing cut:
2 - 15 1/2 X 11 1/2, fuse to front and bake base pieces.
1 - 9 1/2 X 4 1/2, round corners, fuse to bottom piece.
2 - 6 1/2 X 6 1/2, fuse to each pocket so half is covered by interfacing.
1 - 8 1/2 X 8, fuse to front outside pocket
Front Outside Pocket
With right sides together, sew top of front outside pocket to outside pocket lining with a 1/4" seam
allowance. Press lining up, the over top edge of of pocket so there is 1/4" of lining showing on right side of pocket.
Take front side pieces and put them right side down on the front base piece, ling raw edges with raw edge of pocket. Sew 1/2 seam and press to sides. Baste sides and bottom to front base piece. You should have a nice looking front pocket! Now sew the front and back purse pieces together at the side seams using a 1/2 inch seam.
The opening of your pocket is going to be about 4 inches down from the top of your lining, but you want to sew the bottom of the pocket down first, so the raw edge is at the bottom, inside of your pocket. Put the pocket face down 8 1/2 inches down from the top edge of lining. Sew across bottom edge only. Now flip the pocket up, and sew pocket to lining, stitching close to the side edges of your pocket. Backstitch at both ends. Sew front and back lining pieces together at sides, leaving an 8 inch opening in the middle of one side to use later for turning your purse right side out.
Attach Purse Bottom
Make sure you have rounded the corners on the bottom outside and lining pieces. Turn outside of purse wrong side out. Matching center front and backs, right sides together, pin purse bottom around the lower edge of your purse front and back. Sorry, I forgot to take pictures... When you get to the corners, pinch little pleats into the outside purse edge, pin, and baste around the bottom with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. It takes a little fiddling to get it all right. Once you have it the way you like it, sew over basting stitches. Attach the lining bottom to the lining in the same manner.
HERE. Baste the piping to the top edge of the purse, matching raw edges, piping edge facing down.
Now you need to make the handles.There are many different kinds of handles you can make, I used the one HERE. Baste handles on to the top edge of outer purse.
With the outer purse WRONG side out and the lining RIGHT
side out, slide the lining inside the purse. Sandwich the piping (which you have basted to the outside fabric) and the purse handles in the middle of the lining and outside fabric, sew completely around upper edge of purse, making sure you only catch the edges of the handle in the seam, you may need to pin the rest of the handle out of the way.
Now close up that seam in the lining...
Now look at this perfect purse/tote/whatever!