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How to make a Teapot Purse

The pix shows the teapot purse pattern, handle and flap front. The piece off to the side represents the shoulder strap and inside pockets.

Besides the fabric for the purse you will need batting and lining materials..


Here's how to make your own pattern

Build from the inside out. Here is the inside fabric I chose for this project.

If you are going to make inside pockets position them as shown. Notice fabric and lining are under the fabric. These give stability to the purse.

The two pix below show how to line up the interior and also how to trim once the side and bottom seams are sewn.


Once the sides are trimmed sew the bottom. Match the center of the bottom seam with the center of the adjacent side seam, face to face. I like to reinforce the bottom with a strip of fabric. I think it squares out the bottom nicely.


Now the interior of the purse is done. Time to make yourself a cup of tea and grab a biscuit.

The shoulder strap is made by cutting a full 42" width by 4"; fold it in half onto itself and half again. Sew along the open edge and down again on the closed. Press and set aside.

Flap & Handle: Place pieces face to face and then on a piece of batting on a piece of lining. Sew around edges, turn and press. I like to sew a decorative stitch along the swooped edge of the flap and sometimes down the middle of the handle. Press and set aside.


Pin the two purse pieces together face to face. Locate the handle as shown. You can tuck it in a bit if you want a smaller handle that doesn't stick out as much.

Assemble the same way you assembled the interior of the purse. Yes, I like to reinforce the bottom. and bottom seams.

Tuck the two together. You may/may not have to adjust the inside spout a bit.

Purse is now ready to sew. That little thing sticking up is what I call a Cutie-Cute Closure. Think skinny lid with Velcro. Easy-Peasy to make. OR if you'd like you can put a Ribbon Loop with a button or even a Velcro strip or snap. Whatever you'd like to do. I've used the same stitch to close the top as I did on the flap. Here you see I've sewn a button on the front side of the Cutie-Cute. Below you see that I used the same color button on the face of the flap.