Purse Instructions © by Allison, 2007:

Firstly, here's a purse I bought at a thrift shop, someone made but never used.

I untied the handles and traced out a paper pattern to be cut on the fold,
adding a 1/2" seam allowance all the way around:

Using the pattern and cutting on the fold, cut 2 of your main outer fabric.
2 of your lining fabric,
and 2 fusible interfacing.

For my interfacing, I only cut rectangles,
though, so the handles won't be as stiff,
and easier to tie when we're all finished:

Fuse the interfacing to the wrong sides of your outer fabric.

Right sides together, pin and sew the two side seams on your main fabric.

Now press these seams open flat.

Next, turn either your main fabric or your lining fabric right side out and fit it inside the other.

We want the right sides facing.

Pin very well all along the top edge, including the long handles, and stitch.

Clip curves.

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