Crafty Tutorial Part 4: Upcycled Travel Purse

African Savannah Travel Bag Front and with pouch

Yay!  You’ve made it!  I’m pleased to bring you the final installment of the Crafty Tutorial: Upcycled Travel Purse by Joyce.  I hope you enjoyed this series and learned a few new tips and techniques from Joyce.  She is a genius with the sewing details!  If you’ve been following along, maybe you have a fun new bag to take along with you on your travels, too.  Joyce made clever use of that border stripe print from African Savannah by Clothworks, so maybe that will inspire you with your creation!

Add Hardware and Complete Purse!

  1. Fold the flap over approximately 1 ½” above the zipper and give it a light press. This will help determine where the boning and hardware will be placed. Open up the flap.
  2. Slip stitch the sides of the flap to the creased edge.
  3. Cut the boning in half (lengthwise) and sew these two pieces together (double strong). It has a tendency to curl so best to put the opposing sides together so it will straighten out. One stitching line is plenty. Cut this piece so it is slightly smaller than the top of the bag.
  4. Slip the boning in between the layers of the purse and pin in place.
  5. Add the Tabs in the same area as the boning (next to the creased edge) with the hardware at an angle and pin in place.
  6. Fold the flap over and top stitch ¾” from the top edge catching the tail of the tab in the stitching. Stitch again 1/8” from the first stitching line on the upper edge.

Complete purse Collage

Give the purse a light pressing attach the upcycled shoulder strap and you now have a Travel Purse!

What about you?  Did you follow along each week and make a purse, too?

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