Now on to the “how-to” for anyone that wants to make their own. And please forgive the not so great pictures my camera has had a few too many drops to floor.
You will need two pieces of inner fabric, two pieces of outer fabric, and four pieces of interfacing. Also material for pockets (or pockets taken off the uniform if you are using one), whatever you want to use for a strap (I used a belt), extra buckle or ring, fabric scraps for attaching the buckle, a zipper, and whatever embellishments you want.
If you have read any of my other tutorials you know that I am not going to tell you what size to make everything because I want the items to be the size you want them to be. To make the sides of the purse you need to cut rectangles that are large enough to make half the side and half the bottom of your purse in addition to how large you want your length and height to be (remember to leave yourself seam allowance). Then attach the interfacing to the back of all the fabric.
This is where the cut out corners come in. Cut out the bottom corners of all four pieces of fabric; these pieces will become the width of your side and bottom so think about how wide you want the purse to be when cutting the corners out (remember each piece is only half the width).
Next I added my pockets and embellishments to both the inner and outer fabric.
Then place the two pieces of inner fabric together, right sides facing, and sew down the sides and across the bottom, skipping the cut out corners. After you have sewed the sides and bottom pull your pocket open and you should be able to see how the corners line up to be sewn correctly (note it’s just on straight line for each corner). Then repeat this whole process with the outer fabric.
Next hem the top edge of both pockets. Leave the inner fabric right sides facing and turn the outer fabric so right sides are facing out. Now attach your strap to the outer fabric.
Finally put your inner fabric inside the outer fabric and sew the zipper between the two layers of fabric. Yes, I know that sounds so easy and for me it really wasn’t. I don’t really have great advice for making this step easier just go slow, just lots of pins to hold everything in place, and enjoy a nice glass of wine when you’re done!
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