Origami purse

comments (4) July 29th, 2008 in gallery     

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Joannie_N Joannie_N, member
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Fold fabric into triangle. Fold in thirds along the long side and sew along the fold (chalked lines).
Pull the corners down and to the opposite side. This turns the small side sections inside out against the sewn seam.
Ive pinned a ribbon to the small section you have to hand sew. Sew the top layer to the layer below it to make a side pocket.
This is the side pocket with the ribbon more visible. The yellow tissue paper emphasizes the lines better. If you use a lining fabric, this is where it will show.
Fold fabric into triangle. Fold in thirds along the long side and sew along the fold (chalked lines).

Fold fabric into triangle. Fold in thirds along the long side and sew along the fold (chalked lines).

This bag is so much fun to make. And it's easy to make from whatever scraps you have lying around. This is a good use of leftover pieces that are too big to throw away but are not very useful for anything else. It's an efficient project because there's not much waste and only four seams.

You start with a perfect square of fabric in any size. I used a piece of tartan we had lying around. It's reversible so needs no lining. I lined the edges with bias tape. This gives a nice finished edge. You can also use fabric with a lining (sew with right sides together and turn inside out and you'll have finished edges all around). You can also use prequilted fabric that is a lining, batting, and fabric already sewn together.

Sew along the two seams as noted in the photos. Then hand sew along the two seams noted in the photos. Add a strap (two short or one long, as you desire) and you're done.

The whole project takes less than an hour. It's an excellent last minute gift. It's inexpensive because you use whatever you have lying around. And it's versatile so even if you make one for everyone you know, they'll all be different.

I'm entering this in eco-chic because I've used leftover fabric that isn't good for any other project.

I don't know that I should win. There are prettier bags and better pictures out there. But there will be a lot of people looking at the galleries and so this is a good way to get the pattern out there. I know it will be useful to someone.

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Comments (4)

philiprice85 writes: Love this
Posted: 1:55 am on August 30th
RosieDavis writes: wonderful
Posted: 7:02 am on March 27th
Patzee writes: Really clever! Thanks!
Posted: 4:38 pm on April 12th
pumpkinniki writes: This is sooo cool. Thanx for letting us know how to make our own! :)
Posted: 5:36 pm on July 29th
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