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Drawstring purse – free sew-along

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Full 5-part sew-along tutorial for how to make this drawstring purse. Can be made in patchwork too - instructions to that option as well. I learned lots of new bag skills and got a great bag at the end - great sew-along.

We all love a sew-along.  Ideal for beginners or those looking to try out new skills or a new style of bag, a sew-along is typically a much expanded set of instructions, over several days or weeks, with in-depth step by step photos and tutorials to hold your hand every step of the way.  This pretty drawstring purse has an introduction and then 4 sew-along parts with all the info you need to be successful.

Materials needed for this bag:

  • 1/2 yard of focus fabric for the outside panel and the inside pockets
  • 1 yard of contrast fabric for the lining, straps, drawstring, and the contrast pieces on the top and bottom of the outside of the bag.  
  • 2/3 yard of 45 inch wide fusible fleece
  • 1 yard of 20 inch wide woven fusible interfacing
  • 1 x nine inch zipper to match the lining (or to contrast with it, because that’s nifty looking)
  • four rings that will hold a 1 1/4 inch strap 
  • one magnetic snap
  • 8 x 3/8″ inch grommets and tools to insert them
  • a gridded bag bottom – plastic canvas works great
  • basic sewing stuff: coordinating thread, scissors, pins, hand sewing needle, something to mark with, seam ripper, ruler 

In this sew-along you’ll learn:

  • how to insert a magnetic snap securely
  • how to insert grommets
  • how to use rings for your purse straps
  • how to insert a bag bottom to give your bag some support, and
  • how to insert an internal zipper pocket

For the sew-along instructions:

Go to the sew-along introduction here

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