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Tutorial - Curved Purses

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Heather Hasthorpe started me making these.. They are easy and very compulsive, and I have made lots and lots, in all sorts of sizes

They are really good for using up oddments and odd experimental blocks, and leftovers of batting.. Very economical..
You need:- A piece of quilted fabric (or stiff furnishing fabric and a piece of lining) approximately 7 by 13 inches (but any size you can handle is good)
Enough 1-inch bias binding to go all round the edge (I use the commercial stuff, or you can be really posh and make your own)
A zip - I use 14-inch fairly cheap nylon ones, because I buy them in bulk, and because working with an oversize zip is easier (see further down for details)
Sewing machine with a regular and a zip foot, also possibly a quilting foot
Hand-sewing needle
Pattern and template (download these by clicking Pattern and Template)
I started with an odd patchwork block, plus another bit of the red fabric to make an oblong piece. These are from Oakshott Fabrics, by the way, and are very nice to use

I layered with some cotton batting/wadding and a backing, and quilted quite simply
Then laid my pattern on top and marked (you could use a plate or a saucer...)

And cut

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