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: 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
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 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
|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.
||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
|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.
shot shows the Cutie-Cute closure.
Photo at right shows the finished
purse. You can chose to decorate flap or not.