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!}.

Divided Gift Basket Tutorial {Windham Christmas in July Blog Hop & Giveaway}

Giveaway closed, winner is Lori Smanski!
Divided-Basket-LabelSomehow, we’re already passed the half-way point toward Christmas! With all the get togethers and other events, a handmade gift basket would make a great Christmas gift or hostess gift. I modified my Bedside Basket tutorial to include a divider. It’s attached at the sides and bottom and is surprisingly easy to make. I was thrilled to get to play with these lovely silver and gold fabrics in the Glisten collection by Whistler Studios for Windham. Although my usual Christmas colors are brighter, I love the iridescent shimmer and simple color scheme. Perfect for some patchwork too. This tutorial is Fat Quarter friendly and scrappy. Supplies:

  • 2 Fat Quarters
  • 20 – 3 1/2″ Squares
  • 1/2 yard Fusible Fleece – such as Pellon® TP971F Fusible Thermolam® Plus
  • 2/3 yard Medium Interfacing – such as Pellon® 931TD Fusible Midweight
  • Coordinating Thread

Cutting Directions: Fat Quarter 1:

  • (1) 6 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ rectangle (outside bottom)
  • (1) 6 1/4″ x 11 1/2″ rectangle (lining divider)
  • (2) 1 1/2″ x 18″ strips (binding)

Fat Quarter 2:

  • (2) 6 1/4″ x 15 1/4″ rectangles (lining sides)
  • (2) 6 1/4″ x 4 3/4″ rectangles (lining bottom)

Medium Interfacing:

  • (1) 6 1/4″ x 5 3/4″ rectangle (lining divider)
  • (2) 6 1/4″ x 15 1/4″ rectangles (lining sides)
  • (2) 6 1/4″ x 4 3/4″ rectangles (lining bottom)

Read all directions before beginning. All seam allowances are 1/4″ unless otherwise stated. RST=Right Sides Together. Fuse interfacing to the wrong side of the lining sides and lining bottom piece before beginning.

Divided-Basket-1Arrange the 3 1/2″ squares into two panels of 5 squares across and 2 squares high. Divided-Basket-2Sew 5 squares together in a long row and press seams one direction. Sew a second row of 5 squares, pressing seams in the opposite direction. Sew together to make one patchwork panel. Repeat for second patchwork panel. Divided-Basket-3Position the bottom piece with 1/4″ of overlap on each edge square and sew to the patchwork panels. This is the basket body. Divided-Basket-4Place the basket body on a 15 1/2″ x 18 1/2″ rectangle of Fusible Thermolam, trim the side cutouts, then fuse. Quilt if desired (I quilted 1/8″ from each seam line, and a few straight lines across the bottom). Divided-Basket-5Sew the side seams of the basket RST, press seam open. Divided-Basket-6 Then, sew the bottom edge to the side seam to create a box corner. Turn the body right side out and set aside. Divided-Basket-7Fuse the divider interfacing to half of the divider piece, as shown. Divided-Basket-8Fold the divider in half, right sides out, and top stitch along the top, folded edge. Divided-Basket-9Place the two bottom pieces, RST with the divider in between, and lining up the 6 1/4″ edges. Then sew along the bottom with a 3/8″ seam allowance. Divided-Basket-10Press the bottom seams open and then top stitch the seams 1/8″ from the divider, on either side, making sure not to sew the divider in place. Divided-Basket-11Mark the center of the short edge of the bottom and the long edge of one lining side piece. Divided-Basket-12Sew the lining side to the bottom. Divided-Basket-13Repeat with the other side. We’re going to sew the sides in a similar manner to the outside of the basket, except the divider will be in the side seam as well. Divided-Basket-14Then, place the divider 1/2″ from the top of the short edge of one side seam, RST. Divided-Basket-15Then, place the other short side, RST, and sew along side seam, back stitching at top and stopping before the end of the divider, about 3/8″ from the bottom. Divided-Basket-16Then, fold the bottom edges in the same manner as for the outside of the basket, and sew. Carefully position the unsewn corners so that all the raw edges are caught in the seam allowance. It’s okay if it looks a little crooked, mine always do! Divided-Basket-17This is what one side of the basket with the divider sew in place will look like. Divided-Basket-18Sew the second side and bottom seam in the same manner. Divided-Basket-19Place the lining inside the basket, wrong sides together, and sew in place with a 1/8″ seam allowance around the top. Divided-Basket-20Join the binding into a single strip, then sew, RST, to the outside of the basket. Divided-Basket-21Fold the binding around the raw edge of the basket, and tuck the raw edge of the binding in, hand sew in place as for a quilt binding. Divided-BasketAnd there you have a fun, divided basket, ready for gift giving or using at home! These would be great for nurseries, bedrooms, and a bunch of other uses too! Windham is also generously giving away a fat quarter bundle of Glisten! To enter, to “like” their Facebook page , follow their blog with Bloglovin and comment on this post and telling ne what you would do with the bundle! We’ll choose the winners at the end of the blog hop! Giveaway closed, winner is Lori Smanski!

Make sure to check out the other great Christmas tutorials on the Windham Blog this week! Happy sewing!

The Poppy Clutch {Free Pattern for the Flora Blog Hop at Windham}

poppyclutchThis week I’m excited to be part of the Windham blog hop for Kelly Ventura’s debut line of fabric, Flora. When I saw the fabric I knew it had to become a pretty clutch, and would be perfect for those rare occasions I actually escape the house! I added a zipper detail to the front to keep things like my phone separate, so I could easily grab it, and because exposed zippers are just so pretty!

Download the free PDF pattern here!
Poppy-Clutch-2The fabrics were so bright and vibrant, that I decided to just use a couple large pieces, instead of my usual smaller patchwork. But, since I still love the quilted look, I added some quilting lines with a turquoise thread. I also used Michael Ann Made’s Tiny Geese Key Chain to make a matching key chain  with just a few geese for effect.

Poppy-Clutch-1I love the pops of reds and golds with the bright turquoise, so I was glad I happened to have a goldenrod colored zipper in my stash.

Poppy-Clutch-4I hope you take a minute to stop by the Windham Blog and see some of the other inspiring projects using Flora. I really love the wearable aspect of this fabric too, whether for a clutch or even clothes {there are some on the Windham blog, and this fabric even comes in a cotton lawn!}, it’s perfect for summer or fall {the golds and reds are amazing too!}.

Edit to Add: I totally forgot that there’s a giveaway to go with this post! Leave a comment here as part of your entry, then head over to the Windham post for the rest of the details to enter! Edit: Giveaway closed, winner is Karen!

And, if you make a Poppy Clutch, I’d love for you to share it with me either via e-mail , us the hashtag #poppyclutchtag on social media, and tag me @cloverandviolet on Instagram.

Star Insulated Snack Bag {Pellon Projects Free Pattern}

Star-Snack-BagsDownload the free PDF here, at Pellon Projects!

Last fall my baby went to preschool. I’m not sure I’m ready for this growing up thing. They had a snack time at school, and since he would be carrying a backpack, I made him a little snack bag to take his snack in. Here’s the original:

S-Bag-SideNot long after I made it, I saw that Pellon had an insulated film, 940 Insul-Film™ coming out, and I knew it would be perfect for this project, especially since carrots and tomatoes kept coming home from school uneaten because they were warm!

S-Snack-BagSince I had used a scaled down letter from another tutorial {see the original post for details}, I decided to do an embroidered initial for the new one, something easier for anyone to personalize {alternately, you could use applique too!}. I drew a letter ‘S’, back stitched around it and then filled it with satin stitch {you can find more details on embroidery stitches here}. I thought the star was a fun option as well, because it could be left blank or used for a special fussy cut too!

Star-Snack-Bag-1Of course, once big brother had a snack bag, little sister needed one too! I filled the ‘N’ on hers with french knots. And, best of all, with a little ice pouch {or a refrigerated juice pouch or water bottle} the veggies were staying cool!

Star-Snack-Bag-SideA quick note about Insul-Film™ – through trial and error, I discovered that it does melt if it comes in contact with a hot iron {I generally use mine on the highest setting}, so use the iron on a warm setting. However, it had no problems in the warm wash or dryer.

Take a moment to visit the Pellon Projects site, not only for this tutorial, but for tons of amazing tutorials. I’m a big fan of Pellon, so it is great to collaborate with them! If you make a snack bag of your own, I’d love for you to share it. Either e-mail me or tag #starsnackbag on social media {tag me on Instagram @cloverandviolet}.


the Emma clutch {Pattern Refresh}

Emma Clutch

I’ve been working with pattern testers over the last week to update the Emma clutch to the standard of my current patterns! I first made this clutch back at the end of 2011. I’ve written a lot of patterns since then, and have been working on revising some of the older ones. I happened to be cleaning out a closet last week and I happened on the original Emma clutch, so it seemed about time to update the pattern as well!

embroidery-detail1This pouch has a fun, embroidery option, with basic stitch directions included. If you want to brush up on your embroidery, be sure to check out the detailed stitch tutorials we have in our Embroidery 101 series. And, of course, you could always skip the embroidery as well.

emma-clutch-insideThe inside has four card pockets, eliminating the need for a wallet, or for holding other necessities.

emma-clutch-fullThis pattern uses one mini charm pack, and is also great for scraps because of its small size.

The Emma Clutch is on a special sale for 50% off {just $2.50!) through July 8th, midnight EST. If you make one, I’d love to see it! Share it with the tag #emmaclutch on social media.

What’s your favorite size/use for a clutch? I have another one I’m working on, and I’d love your input!