Patchwork Little Girl’s Purse {Tutorial}

Little-Girl-PurseI made some little purses for my granddaughters, and they turned out so cute, I wanted to share the tutorial with you! There’s a littlest size {for Lydia} and a little girl size {for Norah}.

Let’s get started with the supplies needed and then the construction.

Littlest Girl: approx. 7″ wide x 5 1/4″ tall

  • Fabric:
  • 30 – 2.5″ squares for patchwork
  • 1- 10 1/2″ x 12″ piece for lining
  • 1- 2 1/2″ x 13″ piece for strap
  • 1- 25″ x 2 1/2″ piece for binding
  • Fusible Interfacing:
  • 1- 2 1/4″ x 13″ for strap
  • Flannel:
  • 2- 1 ” x 12″ for strap
  • Fusible Fleece:
  • 1- 10 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ for body of bag

Little Girl: approx. 9″ wide x 6 1/2″ tall

  • Fabric:
  • 30 – 3″ squares for patchwork
  • 1- 13″ x 15″ piece for lining
  • 1- 3″ x 14″ piece for strap
  • 1- 3o” x 3″ piece for binding
  • Fusible Interfacing:
  • 1 – 2 3/4″ x 14 for strap
  • Flannel:
  • 2- 1″ x 14″ for strap
  • Fusible Fleece:
  • 1- 13″ x 15 1/2″ for body of bag

Read all directions before beginning, all seam allowances are 1/4″, unless otherwise stated.

Choosing the fabric is my favorite part. You will have two squares of each print, this will make the front and back of the purse look the same. This is not necessary, it’s the way I made mine.

Patchwork-Lil-Girls-Purse-2Sew the patchwork squares  five across by three down using 1/4″ seam allowances. Make two panels, these will be the front and the back of purse.

Lil-Girls-purse-4Sew the two panels together to create one piece.  Make sure the squares are opposing each other at the opposite ends so they will be correct. Fuse the fusible fleece to the back of the panel. (Follow the directions on the product you are using.) Quilt the squares 1/4″ on either side of the seams to create a patchwork piece. 

Patchwork-lil-girls-purse-5Sew the side seams with  right sides together using a 3/8″ seam allowance. Pin in place to make sure your squares line up at the seams.

Purse-corner-6Press the side seams open and fold the sides to create a point,  measure 1 1/4″ from the point, draw a line with a pencil or pen, then sew across this line, cut excess off leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance. This will make a box at the bottom of purse. For the larger size purse draw a line  1 1/2″ from the point and sew a seam then cut leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Gift-bag-9Trim off the excess and leave 1/4″ seam.

Girls-purse-body-7Turn the purse right side out. Place a pin in the middle of the purse front and back for the pleat.

Lil-girls-purse-8-Take the seam from the adjoining squares and pin at the middle where the other pin is. This will make the pleat. Do this for both the front and back.

Outside-and-lining-pleats-10Sew along the top edge to hold the pleat in place. Sew the lining piece the same as you did for the outer purse, side seams, and corners. Place the lining inside the bag wrong sides together.  Make the pleat using the outside of the purse for the guide, pin in place. Stitch along the top edge of the purse to hold them together.
Binding-and-strap-11Fold the binding piece in half lengthwise and press. (top strip)

Strap-12Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the strap piece. (bottom strip)Sew the strap in half lengthwise to create a long tube, press the seam allowance open.

Strap-with-flannelTurn the strap using a safety-pin or bodkin. Press it flat with the seam running down the middle back. Feed the flannel through the tube with the safety-pin or bodkin. Stitch along the long edge of the strap 1/8″ and 1/4″ to finish it.

Lil-girls-purse-strap-Pin the strap along the side seams, making sure to place the seam of the strap downward with the seam of the lining. After sewing it in place trim excess flannel.
Binding-14Attach the binding to the top of the purse, leaving tails open at the beginning and end of the binding piece.  Sew the ends into a complete circle. Now sew the unsewn portion of binding onto the top of the bag.

Binding-15After the binding is sewn all the way around the top of the purse fold it over to the inside of the purse and stitch it down.

Sewing-strap-to-side-15Now pull  the strap up and sew a stitching line to secure the strap in place.
Lil-Girls-purse-17And here is the finished little girls purse. Have fun making it. I would love to see pictures of your finished little girls purse. Send us an e-mail or share on social media with the tags #patchworklittlegirlspurse and #cloverandviolet {you can tag me too @cloverandviolet2!}.

Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along: Furrows Block

FGV-SewAlong-Button300x300So happy you are here. Today is our turn on the Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along. I made the Furrows Block from Lori Holt of BeeInMyBonnet newest book “Farm Girl Vintage”.


I love the format of Lori’s book. It is really easy to follow and it has directions for a 6″ and a 12″ block, which I love!!


And just like that my Furrows Block is all finished. I had so much fun choosing fabrics for this block, as usual I decided to go with my favorite color scheme.

If you haven’t started your quilt yet it’s not too late. Here is the schedule for all the bloggers who are sewing along. Every Friday is, #farmgirlfridays on instagram. And if you sew along at the end you will have a great sampler quilt to enjoy.

Thank you for visiting and hope you have a wonderful 4th of July!!

Hexagon Making & Swap Gifts Made With Hexagons


It’s really getting to be Summer, so I am going to show you what I have been working on. I am currently making a needle book and decided to make it using hexagons. I am using this Fiskars Tool to make my hexagon papers. This is a size Large and it makes 3/4″ hexagons. (I ordered it on Amazon) Smaller than any I have ever made before, but it’s easier than I thought. I found some paper in a drawer that was a little thicker than regular paper, I think it is card stock and it works perfectly. You could really use any paper you like though. It really was no trouble to cut them, I did one at a time.


I will need 24 hexagons to make the needle book I am making. I will come back and show you the finished needle book when it is done.


Next, I thought I would share some hexagons I got in the mail from an instagram friend, Katie, she even added a hexagon with Virginia on it, how clever! This was for a #hexieswap that I joined. We were to make hexagons and a bag or pouch of some kind to store our hexagons in. I just love them, the color palette is so fresh and pretty. (Sadly I did not take pictures of what I sent to my partner on my camera and can’t figure out how to get them from my iPad to my computer, or I would show you.) I have learned my lesson.


Along with the hexagons this is what she sent me, a really cute zipper pouch with the cutest hexagon on the front, also in the same color palette.  It’s a great size to store lots of sewing things, I am going to use mine while traveling!!

This little drawstring bag came from a #makeyourplannercuterswap,  which was also on instagram. I am pretty sure Jennie has written about this swap here before. These little swaps are so fun and oh so addicting. Jessica did an adorable job making this, we all used Jeni Baker’s  Lined Drawstring Bag tutorial found here.


The last little bag made with a full side of hexagons is this Ellie Travel Case that is designed by Heidi of  Fabric Mutt, here is the link to make this case. It’s also super cute and made with darling fabric. It was from the same swap as the above bag. This case came from Alice all the way from the U.K. and I really love it.

I  wanted to highlight hexagons and how much fun they can be to make and use in gifts and many other projects. These projects weren’t originally designed with hexagons in mind but can be easily changed modified,  look how cute they turned out. I have some hexies to make so I will be back another day soon!!



WIP: Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along

Let me show you what I’ve been sewing! This is Lori Holt’s new book “Farm Girl Vintage“. It is featured on her blog beeinmybonnet. You can purchase it  at the Fat Quarter Shop.


I have been sewing along and trying very hard to keep up. These blocks are so cute and fun to make. Some of them are stretching my skills, which is a really good thing. The block I am currently working on has flying geese, learning some new techniques for this one. Love the PamKittyMorning fabric!

These are the first two blocks that I made. It’s a lot of fun  using such a variety of fabric and background fabric too.
FarmGirlVintage3 Then there are these two. I love the little girl from Tasha Noel’s line, The Simple Life by Riley Blake. I can’t wait until her new line, Vintage Market comes out. And for the bowl, of course, Farmdale Blossom by Alexander Henry is a favorite too (too bad it’s out of print and hard to find).

FarmGirlVintage4Here they are all together. Having fun and still stretching my skills. Perfect combination.

What are you sewing this spring?

A Sophie Beach Bag Progress

Because the weather is getting much nicer, I thought it would be the right time for me to make my own Sophie beach bag, (if you want to purchase a pattern it is available in our shop). I think the “Milk Sugar & Flower by Elea Lutz”  is so cute that I thought I should use it for my new bag. I am also using a Moda Crossweave for the solid, it is sort of greenish gray! I think it goes perfectly with this fabric!


I quilted straight rows along the lines of the pin wheels without having to quilt each pin wheel individually. It is really simple and goes much faster. Not all my seams lined up perfectly but I am okay with that.


This is the whole outside of the bag completely sewn together. I am still working on quilting it, I am going to sew some lines on each panel vertically. That will give it the quilted look as well as hold the layers together. I forgot to mention that I used fusible fleece for this bag. Super easy to work with. It just requires a damp pressing cloth and then hold for 15 sec. Quick and easy.


These two last prints are what I will be using for the lining and the handles. The white for the lining and the green  for the handles. I don’t want to use something too light for the handles as they get a lot of use. Plus I think those little kitties and bunnies and flowers are so cute!!

Thank you for coming to see what I am sewing these days!! Trying to stay focused is getting a little more difficult since it is mostly sunny outside. I should finish this up so the next time I have an opportunity to go on a little trip it is all ready to take with me. Enjoy your day!!