Handmade Christmas Gifts: Easy Reversible Handbag

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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!).

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  1. That’s adorable and it came out great!

  2. 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.

  3. cute bag!

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  4. made with love! thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop.xo
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  5. These are cute and so versitile. Thanks for sharing.
    Donna @onceuponasewingmachine.com

  6. What a great project…could be a purse or project bag. A definite “must make” for holiday gift giving!

  7. Just gorgeous !!! Love the colors and fabrics! Thanks so much for sharing! I’d love for you to visit my blog.
    Happy day!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  8. I have always wanted a bag like this with a little longer handles to swing across my shoulder. Can I be your secret Santa? LOL
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  9. OH that is so cute! Pinning this to try after my sewing lessons in January. :-)
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