The Oxford Purse is a great everyday shoulder bag that even a sewing beginner can easily sew and get great results. It’s lightweight, doesn’t need any difficult to find materials or hardware, and is just the right size.
She’ll easily carry your wallet, phone, keys and more but her lightweight design means you won’t be weighed down. She has enough structure to softly hold her curved shape but without adding thickness, weight or making the purse difficult to sew.
a fixed-length strap – choose your own length for a bag that fits on your shoulder, sits at the waist or the hip, or you can carry crossbody
a simple slip pocket on the lining (add two if you like)
an easy to sew design with only three simple pattern pieces needed – the body of the bag, the flap and the pocket
an easy to print and assemble pattern
step by step photo instructions
an optional full-length sew-along video tutorial
Take a quick preview of the Oxford Purse sewing pattern and video class
Skill level: Suitable for beginners. The photo step by step instructions are supported by additional articles on the blog if you need further explanation such as for sewing darts or installing the magnetic snap. The full video sew-along is ideal for beginners or visual learners.
Finished size (approx)
One size – 9.5” wide x 8” tall x 2.5” deep (24cm wide x 20cm tall x 6cm deep), handle drop 16” (40cm)
The full-length 1 hour 20 minutes video covers each step of sewing the bag from start to finish including lots of tips for:
how to print and assemble the pattern and use it to cut your fabric
how to sew and press the darts
how to reduce the bulk in seams by nesting darts
how to install the magnetic snap
tips for topstitching around curves so your flap will look fabulous
Feeling like this easy shoulder purse to sew could be right for you? We think you’ll love this pattern. Choose between the written instructions with step by step color photos, or upgrade to get the sew-along video tutorial as well.
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