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Crafts for summer: Sassy Girl Purse tutorial

Bags, Sewing  |  September 6th 2011  |  0 Comment

Crafts for summer: Sassy Girl Purse tutorial

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My little 4 year old “fashionista” has been begging me for a Hello Kitty purse. She is obsessed right now with Hello Kitty! So after looking for a few months for some cute Hello Kitty fabric, we finally found this cute fabric at The Cotton Shop in Provo.

I have been making adult purses for a while so I took all the techniques from many pattern’s I have used to make this darling little bag. I used her favorite Jonas Bro. purse for my inspiration.

It was so fun to make her something I knew she would LOVE


Materials Needed:

  • Little Girls Handbag to trace
  • 1/4 yard of fabric for the outside print, purse strap
  • 1/4 yard of fabric for the inside of the bag, pocket and Tab for the O Ring
  • 1/4 yard of fusible fleece
  • 1/2 yard of woven interfacing
  • 2 sheets of paper to draw purse pattern on
  • 1/8 yard of Knit fabric
  • 5 inch circle of matching felt (match to the knit fabric)
  • 2 O Rings
  • Rotary Cutter and Mat, scissors
  • Sewing machine

Trace half the bag on to half of the paper, trace 1/2″ around the purse

Fold the Paper in 1/2 so that half of the pattern is showing and it’s even, cut the pattern out on the fold

Fold in half and in the lower corner draw a small 3/4″ triangle

This is what the pattern looks like unfolded

Using your pattern, cut out two from both fabrics, 2 from the fusible fleece and 2 from the woven interfacing

Iron the Woven interfacing to the wrong side of the two outside fabrics. And iron the fusible fleece to the wrong sides of the inside pieces.


I’m sure most know how to make a pocket :) Center the pocket on the inside fabric piece

I Reinforce the pocket because I know my little one is rough on her stuff!

Next, Sew the triangle closed. pinch them so right sides are together, sew 1/4″ from the edge (If this is confusing, email me and I will try and explain it better)

Here is another pic, of what I mean by sewing the triangles

Here is what it should look like once you have sewn them

Next, place the two outside pieces right side together and sew all the way from the top right, to the top left, Leave a 3 inch. opening at the bottom. Repeat for the Outside 2 pieces of fabric except, do NOT leave a opening in the bottom. Set aside

Cut a 1 inch x 58 inch piece of knit, ruffle it up. For more detailed instructions on how to ruffle go HERE

Pin the Ruffle to the Felt circle and either hand stitch it or machine sew it to the felt.

I can’t believe I FORGOT to take a picture of this step, Center and pin the flower on to the front of the purse and sew it on


Turn the inside (my pink polka-dot fabric) piece of fabric wrong side out. Place the outside (my Hello Kitty purse- piece) fabric into the (pink polka dot piece) fabric piece, so that RIGHT sides are facing each other.  Sew around 1/4″ from the top edge

Here is what it should look like when the top edge is sewn all the way around

Pull the Outer fabric through the opening in the inside  piece of fabric.

Sew 1/4″ around the top edge of the purse


Assemble the Purse Handle: Cut  2- 4.5″ x 5″ squares (of the inside print)

Cut 20″ x 6″ of the Main fabric and the woven interfacing. Iron on the interfacing

Long ways, iron in the outer edges in to the middle. And press in place, in half. Sew down a 1/8″ from both edges


Fold the fabric in half and add thread the O Ring. Sew a 1/4″ from the edge. Then turn it out so the raw edge is tucked in.

Pin The O rings evenly to the sides of the purse

sew a small square on the tab to secure to the purse. (My machine needle was so dull and I was out of needles that I had to hand stitch mine! err! but it worked out okay)

For the purse handle, Iron the (Short) ends 1/4″ in on both ends. Length wise, Iron the edges in to the middle and then in half. Sew 1/8″ all the way around the strip.

Attach the strap through the O ring and sew.

Don’t forget to sew the 3″ opening closed on the inside of the purse…

That’s it! Hope your little Sassy girl enjoys her new bag!