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Sometimes you don’t need something with a lot of bells and whistles to make a super every day purse. We think the Gabby purse is perfect for a regular handbag you’ll pick up and use as your main bag. Smart in leather, faux leathers and fabrics of all kinds – it’s a very versatile pattern that you could find yourself making over and over again in different materials to give you a whole wardrobe of bags that have that store-bought or designer look.
Check out the slideshow at the bottom for examples of this purse that we are sure will convince you that you NEED to make one – at least one!
The Gabby Bag features exterior & interior zipper pockets, as well as an interior double slip pocket. Its single shoulder strap is approximately 34” (86 cm) long, but you can lengthen or shorten it to suit your own style.
Finished Size – Width – 9” (23 cm) x Height – 7 1/2” (19 cm) x Depth – 2” (5 cm)
Check out all these finished examples for inspiration and ideas
Fabric & Interfacing:
1/2 yd. – Exterior fabric (quilting cotton, light canvas/duck, home décor cotton)
1/2 yd. – Exterior Accent fabric (quilting cotton, light canvas/duck, home décor cotton)
5/8 yd. – Lining fabric (quilting cotton or similar weight woven fabric)
1 5/8 yd. – Interfacing – Pellon Shapeflex SF101
17” x 24” – Foam Stabilizer – By Annie’s Soft & Stable, automotive headliner, or Pellon Flex-foam
Zippers & Bag Hardware:
(1) 14” – Zipper for Exterior Top Opening
(2) 9” – Zippers for Exterior & Lining Zipper Pockets
(2) 1 1/4” – Oval strap rings (Can substitute with Rectangular, D-rings or O-rings.)
Check out the GABBY purse pattern here
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