Helen Howes Textiles

Free Tutorial - Alexander Purse


Lay the trimmed top on the lining (right-side up) and the back (right-side down) and sew neatly all round very close to the edge to hold all the layers together. Trim off the excess from the back and lining close to the stitching

I use commercial 1-inch bias binding to finish the edges - this means that all the raw edges are completely enclosed and the binding will make a neat and curved edge easily... (I find this uses up oddments of leftover binding pretty nicely too)
Lay the right side of the binding onto the back of the purse as shown with the edge of the binding half-an-inch in. This means that the binding hangs off the edge and you are sewing on top of the fold, as close to the edge of the binding as you can.
The binding can be pinned if need be, but don't try to sew both sides at once unless you are a total sewing genius...

When you get back to the beginning, sew across the edge, having turned under a little fold to neaten

Turn the purse over, pin the binding nicely and sew down from the right side. Start at the bottom of the zip and be careful when sewing across the teeth if you have cut off the bottom end.


At the top end, catch a piece of ribbon or tape under the edge with a split-ring for your keys, or whatever, if desired. Reinforce the sewing by back-tacking a few times here...

Linings are nice if surprising...

Oh, compulsive.. One leads to another (Green square one is made from quilty offcuts, bound edge before zipping...)
Make for gifts, or the Quilter's Guild Tombola 2016?
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