Sunday, February 12, 2017

Auntie Bee's Purse Step 3

Now it's time to begin assembly of the purse pieces we cut in the Step 2 post.
Cut a piece of binding 1 1/2" x 12", double fold and sew it to the top edge of the inner front pocket piece and trim the excess off.

You'll need an accent stripe piece to sew on the front of the purse. I chose to cut a strip of the flowers and added some extra fabric along both sides, folded the edges in and top stitched them to keep it straight. The "stripe" unit should be 2 3/4" wide.

Pin the inside pocket piece to the inside of the front piece.
(I actually probably should have flipped it the other way so the lining was showing.)
Baste around the edges of the pocket to keep the layers together.

Center the stripe unit and top stitch down both edges through all the layers. 
Repeat and sew over the first line to re-enforce the pocket divisions.

The center pocket that is formed is perfect for eyeglasses!

Sew bias binding to pocket flap curve. The back side won't show so don't sweat the mess.

Lay the flap piece on the lining as shown at the top above and baste along the TOP edge.
Then add binding across the pocket unit as shown in the photo above (the flap isn't visible.)

Flip the flap to the right side and sew it down around the curve.

If you haven't trimmed the side pieces yet then do it here.

Mark a line 8.5" down from the top. Lay the pocket unit as shown with the bottom of the pocket on the drawn line. Sew pocket across the bottom with a 1/4" seam (purple line).

Flip the pocket up and top stitch a line 1/4" up from the bottom of the pocket. 
Then baste the sides of the pockets to the side panel. 
The top of the pocket will bulge out a bit because it's wider than the side panel. 

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