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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. You can get the free pattern here

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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  • Ellen Christian
    November 30, 2013

    That’s adorable and it came out great!

  • NiCaam
    December 6, 2012

    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.

    • Camille
      December 7, 2012

      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!

  • T'onna
    November 30, 2012

    cute bag!

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  • Katherines Corner
    November 30, 2012

    made with love! thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop.xo

  • Donna
    November 30, 2012

    These are cute and so versitile. Thanks for sharing.

  • Marilyn
    November 30, 2012

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

  • Ana Lopes
    November 30, 2012

    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

  • Amy
    November 29, 2012

    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

  • Karie {Girl Going Country}
    November 29, 2012

    OH that is so cute! Pinning this to try after my sewing lessons in January. 🙂