Handmade Christmas Gifts: Easy Reversible Handbag

I’m trying to give as many handmade Christmas gifts as I can this year.   This purse or handbag is perfect for the tween or teen or in your life.  Use any cute fabric to turn just four simple pieces  into a reversible handbag.

Easy Reversible Handbag


After I finished making child aprons for the little kids for Christmas, I needed something for our newly minted teenager.  I already have a Daisy BB gun for her tom boy side and I wanted a handmade Christmas gift for her feminine side.  I had pinned this purse tutorial from Very Purple Person a while ago and decided it was what I was looking for.  I’m a very beginner sewer and I knew from perusing the tutorial that it is written for someone with a little more skill than I had.  I need to know to sew the pieces wrong sides together to start and what seam allowances to use. But it looked pretty simple so I decided to go for it anyway.

Easy Reversible Handbag

The first purse I made (the pink butterfly one) took me about an hour because I made a lot of mistakes figuring out the tutorial.  But the second purse (the turquoise one) only took me about 30 minutes.  I think it takes longer to cut out the pieces than it did to sew it together.   I did opt to leave out the darts.  I’ve never sewn darts before and I didn’t need more to think about and I think the purses turned out really well without them.

Don’t worry if you don’t sew! I have several other non-sewing handmade Christmas ideas like a Family Memory Jar and a Handprint Christmas Tree print (which is perfect for grandparents!).


  1. NiCaam says

    love your purses, I’m a beginner sewer too and appreciate the need for simplicity. Was looking at ur Scrabble link and wondered if u could consider them as closures (?) for the purses? I’m now interested in the thought of making a quilt. NEVER in my wildest dream did I think I would look at quilt as a craft….LOL…ahhh age, you God joke you.

    • says

      That’s a great idea! I might have to play around with it. It’d be fun to use the recipient’s first initial.

      I have not been bitten by the quilting bug… yet!

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