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How to make a Teapot Purse

Choose two fabrics.
Cut 2 of each for the purse face and lining.
Cut 2 of the face fabric only for the handle and front flap
Cut one or two 9" by fabric width of purse to make inside pockets.
Cut one  4" by width of fabric for straps.

Prep: I like to make the strap piece first. Fold the two edges to the center and then again on themselves. Sew down one side and up the other. The pix on the right shows the beginning of this prep.


Prep: Place the two pieces of the front flap face to face and then place them onto a piece of batting. For a little extra body you can put a scrap piece of fabric under the batting. Now sew around the curved edge, snip seam, flip inside out and press. I like to top stitch the edge for a finished look.


Prep: Use a similar technique for the handle.

Pocket Prep is simple: Fold the rectangle face to face and sew the edge closed. Turn inside out, press and if you'd like top stitch the edge. If you are making pockets on both sides then repeat and set aside. 

Now the first stage of your prep is done. Next you will assemble the inside.

Just as you did in the prepping stage align the two inside pieces and place and pin the pocket rectangle/s where you would like them. I sew the bottom edge first and then make the vertical seam for the pockets. 
Now pin these two pieces together face to face. Sew down the side, skip to the bottom seam and then up and around the spout seam.  As you can see the spout seam is extra wide so that it will fit and stand up nicely. Make a gusset bottom by matching the centers of the side and bottom seams.  

Here is a pix of the finished interior and the remaining purse pieces. As you can see I have folded over the top. I find this makes a good guide.  

If you are going to use a magnet closure put it in place before you tuck and close purse top. As you can see from the bottom photos, I'm enjoying the cutie-cutes.   

Position the handle before you sew the outside of the purse. Follow the same sewing method that you did for interior.  Insert lining and pin. You may need to adjust the spout seam to get a smooth fit. I press top edge before inserting flap and straps. Sew around top edge.



Top shot shows the Cutie-Cute closure.

Photo at right shows the finished purse. You can chose to decorate flap or not.

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