Vintage style clasp purse

I have just got these fantastic vintage style clasp purse frames in stock at Trixie Lixie so I was desperate to make one today for my Monday makes. They start at £3.50.

First of all I made a pattern using the width of the purse frame as a guide.

So I cut out 2 pieces of main fabric, lining and heavy Iron on fusible interfacing for the main body and 1 piece each of the base

I used some of the new laminated fabric from Trixie Lixie and some of our red lining fabric. Firstly I attached the fusible interfacing to the back of the main fabric with a hot iron (I used a piece of paper over the fabric as it is not advisable to iron laminated fabric on the right side). Then I attached the base right sides together,

Sew the other main piece to the base

The next step is to make the lining, attach the base to the main pieces but leave a 3cm opening in the bottom of one of the front pieces for turning the purse right side out later,

Turn the lining the right way round and insert into the purse so that both right sides are facing each other

Pin and sew around the top of the purse, then pull the lining through and turn it the right way round through the opening. Sew up the opening in the lining. Now we are ready to attach the sew in clasp. Use strong thread, I used embroidery thread, and back stitch through the holes in the purse frame.

I enjoyed making this so much I made another one using a keyring purse frame. This one is made with another of our new fabrics in the FreeSpirit range.

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