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.
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.
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.