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With September being National Sewing Month, there’s no better reason to plug in your sewing machine and get busy creating this stylish and practical wooden handled purse. Wooden handles like these ones can be purchased in your local craft stores or online and come in a huge variety of shapes, sizes and colors. This bag is reversible and by using beautiful fabrics inside and out, I can switch it around depending on my mood…and my outfit.
To make this wooden handled purse, you first need to measure the gap in your purse handles. Mine measured 10.5 inches so I cut 4 pieces of fabric (2 main and 2 lining) 11 inch wide x 17 inch long. I I used a 1/4 inch seam allowance. I like to apply a lightweight fusible interfacing to the main fabric as this really helps to give structure to the bag and gives an overall more professional finish.
Next, measure 6” from the top of each piece of fabric and mark on each side.
Pin, then sew your main fabric pieces together with right sides facing, starting from the 6” mark you made, thus leaving the first 6” of each side open. Repeat for the lining fabric.
Trim the seam allowance and clip the corners of both pieces. I always use my Fiskars pinking shears to get a flat, even finish. Turn the main fabric right sides out, pushing out the corners and ironing if necessary.
Place the lining fabric inside the main fabric and match up the corners, sides and top edges.
I tapered the ends of my fabrics by 1” on each side at this point. Examine your bag handles and do this if necessary to achieve a neat and flat finish. You can test it out by slotting the fabric into the handles and seeing how it lays. Remove the fabric from the handles for the next step.
If you look at the bias tape carefully, you will notice that one side is slightly narrower than the other. Pin the narrow side all the way around the right side of the front of your bag in one continuous piece. Ease the bias tape around the corners and use extra pins at the sides where the flaps meet. When sewing your bias tape, use the first fold (the fold closest to the raw edge) as your sewing line. Sew right down this line, all the way around the top of the bag.
When you have sewn all the way around the top of the bag, fold back the bias tape to the inside and pin in place. You are now going to sew all the way around the front of your bag again, along the bottom edge of the bias tape. The bias tape at the back will be slightly longer than the tape at the front, which means you will be able to catch it in your stitches.
Slot your fabric through the wooden handle, pin in place and stitch. Repeat for the other handle.
Your bag can be easily turned inside out to show off your beautiful lining and giving you 2 looks in 1.
One pair of wooden handles
Approx ¼ yard of main and lining fabrics. (Since this bag is reversible, the fabric I used for my lining is of an equally good quality as the main fabric).
¼ yard light weight fusible interfacing
Approx 1.5 yds of bias tape (I used ½” extra wide double fold bias tape)