Round Bottom Purse

Hello everyone!! I’m here today with a sweet project called the Round Bottom Purse! It’s perfect for Springtime and holds a lot of goodies.

Making handbags are fun, and when I get a chance to make or use supplies I’ve never used before, I’m thrilled. For this project, I’m using a brand new fabric collection called Moments by Minki Kim.

Take a look at my Round Bottom Purse:

This bag was fun to make and very different. I never used wooden handles before, so it was nice to incorporate them into my project.

Let’s take about this fabric collection:

Moments was created by Minki Kim, a designer that I’ve followed for a while now. Her collections are always soft, subtle, and perfect for warm projects that will delight your soul. This collection has 21 different prints.

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I used Moments Houses Cream and Moments Quotes Gray for this delightful project.

Let’s dive into how to make your own purse:

Materials:

1/2 yard of Moments Houses Cream (outer fabric)
1/2 yard of Moments Quotes Gray (lining fabric)
Fusible Fleece Interfacing
Wooden Handles
Scissor
Magnetic Button Snaps
Pins
Ruler
Rotary Cutter
Cutting Mat
Fabric Pen

Instructions on how to make a round bottom purse:

Cutting fabric:

Cut 2 pieces of fabric print to 16 inches x 12 inches (4 in total, 2 outer fabric, and 2 lining fabric).

cutting fabric

Cut 1 piece of interfacing to 15 3/4 inches.

Use a curve ruler to curve the bottom edges of all four pieces of fabric and interfacing.

curve the bottom

cutting outer fabric

Cut the inside pocket piece to 11 inches x 8 inches.

Preparing the bag:

Fold the pocket in half, right sides together, on the 8-inch side.

purse

Make a mark 2 inches from the fold on one side.

purse pocket

Pin and sew around the pocket from the fold to the 2-inch mark.

Turn the pocket inside out.

Fold one of the lining fabric in half and mark the middle using a pin.

mark the middle

Fold the pocket in half and mark the middle with a pin.

Align the pocket on the right side of the lining fabric, matching the centerline. Attach 5 inches down from the top.

sew the pocket

sew the pocket

Sew the fusible fleece to the other lining fabric.

sew the fusible fleece

Place the two lining fabric piece right sides together.

Make a mark 6 inches from the top on the left and right side of the top lining.

marking the lining

Sew the bottom of the lining, starting at one 6.1-inch marking to the other 6-inch marking.

Use the scissors and cut notches at the bottom of the lining. Do not cut the stitch line. This helps with the bulk.

notches at the bottom

Repeat the previous steps for the outer fabric.

Assemble the bag:

Slide the prepped outer fabric into the lining fabric.

Sew the top edge of the purse, leaving a 4-inch opening in the center.

sewing the bag

Turn the entire bag inside out through the 4-inch opening.

Now its time to assemble the magnetic button snap though that 4-inch opening 1 inch from the edge, via the instructions on the packaging.

Topstitch the two sides 1/8 inch from the edge.

Adding the handles:

Fold the top edge over the wooden handle and pin.

Stitch the fabric down under the handle. Take your time due to the bulk of the material and wooden handle.

Repeat on the other side as well.

Done!

magnetic button snap

What do you think? Would you try creating a round bottom purse for yourself? I would love to see them.

Supplies used:

Bernina 570QEwooden handles

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Homestead Life Basket Apron

Hello everyone! I’m here today with a fantastic sewing project called the Homestead Life Basket Apron! This vintage project was so much fun to create.

Are you wondering what a basket apron is? It’s an apron that is designed for double duty. It allows the wearer to keep their hands free while holding garden goodies.

A good friend of mine sent me a photo of a basket apron and asked me to make one for her.

Take a look at a vintage basket apron:


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When I received this photo, I told her sure I can make a stylish basket apron for her and her gardening group.

Take a look at my modern Homestead Life Basket Apron:

basket apron

I’m tickled pink by this basket apron. What amuses me the most is how simple the apron looks when you put it on.

full basket apron

The magic happens when you pull on the string!

Pulling on the string

Then attach the string to the button.

attaching with the button

I loved creating it, and I love trying it on to see how it looks.

Let’s talk about the fabric collection:

This Homestead Life fabric collection was designed by my good friend Tara Reed for Riley Blake Designs. This collection has 14 different prints and one placement panel.

Riley Blake Designs fabric

I used Homestead Life Wheat Gold and Charcoal for this fantastic project.

Let’s dive into how to make your own basket apron:

Materials

2 yards of different fabric
Toggle
Button
2 yards of string
Rotary cutter
Cutting Mat
Thread
Rulers
EZ Point and Turner
Large safety pin

Instructions on how to make a basket apron:

Cut each piece of fabric print to 22″ x 22″.

Place each piece wrong sides together.

right sides together

Using a plate or a ruler with a round edge, round the bottom two corners using a rotary cutter.

Round the corners

Round the corners

On the same side of the rounded corners, find the middle of the fabric. To do that, fold the fabric in half and mark the center with a pin.

Measure 3/4″ from the center on both sides and mark with a pin.

Pin the center

Pin from the centerStarting at the 3/4″ pin on either side, stitch around the corner down to the end. Repeat on the other side.

stitching down the side

stitch across

Now you have a small opening at the bottom of the apron. Take the seam and press it back on itself on both sides to line the edges up.

Opening for string

Open up the fabric and stitch around the opening to create a buttonhole. Just sew around the opening. Make sure to reinforce these stitches since you will use pull on this area frequently.

sew the string opening

sew the string opening

Turn the apron inside out and press it.

Now stitch a 1/2″ from the edge all around the apron. This will house the string securely.

Stitch the sides

Using a large safety pin, pull the string through the sewn housing.

string the apron

Pull the string out of the bottom opening, making sure to not loose the ends at the bottom of the apron.

Slide the toggle onto the string and tie a knot to secure it.

add the toggle

Pull the string at the bottom so that the apron is nice and flat.

To close the top opening portion of the apron, stitch one row straight across. Make sure to do a couple of securing stitching over the string.

Cut 4 pieces of fabric to 4 1/2″ x 21 to create the waistband.

cutting the waistband

Sew the strips together. Iron the seams open.

waistband sewn together

iron seams

Find the center at the top of the apron and the center of the waistband. Place them right sides together.

waistband right sides together

Stitch the waistband onto the apron.

Trim the extra string at this point.

cut the string

Match the raw edges of the waistband and pin.

pin right sides together

pin right sides together

Make sure to match the center of the apron as well, but do not pin.

do not pin the center waistband

Sew down the side of each side of the waistband up to the apron.

Turn the waistband inside out.

Turn inside out

Now its time to stitch the back of the waistband to the apron.

Fold it over the same amount of its seam allowance. Press it and top-stitch all the way around.

Stitch the back of the waistband

The last thing to do is sew a button onto the top center of the apron.

machine sew the button

Done!

Let’s take another look:

 

What do you think? Would you try creating a basket apron for yourself? I would love to see them.

Just in case you were curious about the vintage apron, check out the updated 1952 booklet revision of the 1944 US Department of Agriculture Farmer’s Bulletin titled Dresses and Aprons for work in the home.

Super interesting.

Supplies Used:

Riley Blake Designs fabric   Bernina 570QEEZ Point and Turner

Thank you so much for stopping by!!