Free Pattern & Tutorial For Mini Fabric Purse/Card Holder

Free Pattern & Tutorial for "M" is for...Mini Fabric Purse/Card Holder in the
PostalThreads "Sew Up A Storm Alphabet Series."

Just in time to make a stack of these pretty little things for Mother's Day. This might be a fun teacher appreciation gift as well. After you make one, you may be asking yourself why not make a dozen??! Mix and match your fabric scraps or coordinate with a special color scheme for seasonal purses or for a party favor or special occasion. The possibilities are seemingly endless and fun.
I broke it down into 8 parts, with instructions corresponding with photos below. You can apply the tutorial for making one mini fabric purse or many. Please comment below with questions or links to your finished Mini Fabric Purse/Card Holders. Thank you!

Free Pattern & Tutorial for Mini Fabric Purse/Card Holder The "Sew Up A Storm" Alphabet Series 


Part 1: Pattern Prep: Click here to access the free pattern PDF file. Print on to card stock for easier tracing. When going to print, in printing properties, do not select "Fit to Page"--doing so will make the pattern pieces smaller than intended. The intended measurements are on the pattern pieces.
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Part 2: Cutting Out the Fabric: Using the pattern pieces (Main Purse, Pocket 1, Pocket 2, and Pocket 3) lay out your fabric right sides together, trace around pattern pieces, and cut out. Multiple pieces can be cut out by layering the fabric. Note that the grainline should be on the lengthwise grain, parallel to the selvage. If working with scraps and you do not have a selvage to go off of, note that the direction of the lengthwise grain has the least amount of stretch, the crosswise grain has some stretch, and the bias has the most stretch.
trace & cut out pattern pieces

Side Note: I cut out these Main Purse pieces
from 14" length of fabric.
If I would have had another 2 or 2 1/2"
I could have cut out another stack
to make 3 more purses!...oh well.
(See photos below).
You can see what I did with the
remaining larger scrap--I prepped it for
making 2 scrunchies. I really like
It's easy & fun. Talk about
another scrap buster winner!
Scrunchies are back!

Part 2: Cut Out the Fabric: (Optional: When cutting out multiple pocket pieces, I like to mark where the Velcro will go, on the top piece of each Pocket 3 stack. This helps me quickly distinguish between Pocket 3 and Pocket 2. However, to clarify, the Velcro will be sewn on the right side of the fabric.)

When you are through cutting out however many you decide to cut out, you will have something that looks like the bottom right photo below (all your pretty pieces, right sides together, ready to sew):

Part 3: Chain Stitch All the Pocket Pieces: Using a longer than regular straight stitch (1/4" seam allowance), chain stitch all the pocket pieces. Back stitch when you begin and end stitching each pocket seam, but don't take the time to lift your presser foot and cut the thread for every single one; just keep sewing!
straight stitch, longer than regular stitch length, 1/4" seam allowance, chain stitch pocket pieces

Part 4: Press All the Pocket Pieces: Take your long strand of pocket pieces to the ironing board, lay out about 5 at time: Flip open pocket pieces, wrong sides facing up; press seams down to one side; then flip so right sides are facing up, press again; repeat until you have prepped all your pocket pieces.
pressing pocket pieces

Note:  Do a nice job pressing the pocket seams. :)

Part 5: Mark & Stitch Velcro: Mark where Velcro goes on one right side of the Main Purse piece & one right side of Pocket 3. Cut Velcro pieces all the same length (I used 1/2" pieces). Center the soft side of the Velcro over the mark on the Main Purse piece, and stitch, pivoting at the corners. Back stitch when you come back to where you started. Do the same for the Pocket 3 piece, but with the rough side of the Velcro.

Part 6: Putting it all together! This is my favorite part. With right sides of Main Purse pieces facing up, stack the 3 pockets--one on top of the next, lining up bottom edges.  Stack the pockets on the Main Purse piece that has the soft Velcro sewn to it. Then with the other Main Purse piece, turn it over and place it on top, matching Main Purse piece edges (see photos below). 
Main purse pieces "right" sides together with pockets, stacked & enclosed

Time to Sew It Up! Okay, this is my favorite part! Using a regular stitch length, or shorter, straight stitch (1/4" seam allowance) through all the layers, around the purse, leaving an opening (shown on the pattern piece). Remember to back stitch at beginning & end to secure the seam.
stitch around purse, leaving opening

When stitching up the purse, you may want to use reinforcement stitching, on each side (left & right), at the tops of each of the pockets, see photo below--example of reinforcement stitching on left side of purse):

Part 7: Trim, Notch, Clip, Flip, Smooth Out Seams & Corners, and Press: Check your stitching and make sure you caught all the layers of fabric. Then trim, notch, and clip where needed. Flip right side out through the opening. Using a chopstick to smooth out seams, and work on corners a bit. Then take it to the ironing board. Make sure the seam allowances are evenly tucked in at the opening, and press in place. Also press all around the Mini Fabric Purse, working around the Velcro.

Trim, Notch, Clip, Flip, Smooth Out Seams & Corners, and Press

Part 8: Hand Stitch Opening & Final Press: Using matching thread, hand stitch (blind stitch or tunnel stitch) the opening closed. Then give the front and back and inside one final press. 

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Ta-Da! You did it.
The possibilities are endless.
Mixing & matching fabrics is fun!

Please comment below with questions or link to your finished Mini Fabric Purse/Card Holder.
Thank you!

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1 comment :

  1. I love mine. Took it to San Diego with us to hold just a few cards and my license. So awesome!