November 17 ~ Purses

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Here are some favorite, easy purse and bag tutorials (we also snuck in a wristlet and change purse!). As you work on purses and bags don’t forget about our handy Interfacing Guide from Amy Butler. Our Bag Month archives are also an incredible resource for your bag-making endeavors.Add a little something from November 7th’s For Your Purse or Pocket tutorials to what you create with today’s inspiration and you’ll have a beautiful, thoughtful gift grouping for someone special.
Shoulder Bag
Melissa from tiny happy has an easy Shoulder Bag Tutorial that helps you create a successful, cute bag every time.
Box Bag
Kelly’s Box Bag Tutorial via her blog, Drago[knit]-fly, can help you make great gifts for guys on your list (gals too, of course!)! The box bag would also be a stylish holder for knitting on the go.
Zippered Wristlet
Visit Caro’s Zippered Wristlet Tutorial on her splityarn blog, then visit the accompanying Flickr tutorial set for more detailed photos.
Change Purse
You’ll want to make a ton of these for stockings and every bag you own once you see Kerry’s easy Change Purse Tutorial. Kerry blogs at Practically Necessary.
Booty Bag
Crystal shares a basic, unlined Booty Bag Tutorial via her blog, My Longest Year, so you can look at old pants in a whole new way!

Pattern Recommendation

If you’d like to try a pattern, we suggest this one:

Sophia Carry-All (NEW!)

Fabric Recommendations

Here are just a handful of fabrics we love for these projects:

Beth’s choice Kristin’s choice Lauren’s choice
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More Handmade Holiday ideas:
16 ~ Gifts for the Crafter
15 ~ Warm those Toes
14 ~ Dress the Kids
13 ~ Placemats
12 ~ For the Table
11 ~ Reading & Writing
10 ~ Ties & Belts
9 ~ Fabric Ornaments
8 ~ Whimsy
7 ~ For Your Purse or Pocket
6 ~ Blankets for Baby
5 ~ Tote Bags
4 ~ Lunch Bags
3 ~ For the House
2 ~ Pincushions & Pins
1 ~ Aprons

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101 Responses to November 17 ~ Purses

  1. Maria says:

    Ooh! I love those purses and little wrist bags! The fabric is yummy, too!

  2. This is exactly what I was looking for! Thanks!

  3. Lynn says:

    Great looking bags!

  4. Kim says:

    Hey!! I made that zipperd wristlet last night and it was SO EASY and LOOKS GREAT! I added a bow with an embroidered “K” on it and a fabric coverd button in the center for some embelishment. I love it thanks to Sew Mama Sew!!!


  5. judith green says:

    Thank you so much for doing such a great series, I look forward every morning to see what you have put in. I made the shoulder bag last night and will share a photo at the weekend. I am absolutely thrilled with it.
    Thanks again for doing such a great thing for us all our in blog land

  6. V. says:

    See the bag that your post inspired at:

  7. Deb says:

    The tinyhappy shoulder bag is next on my list = }

  8. Francine says:

    I love that booty bag idea! I have some old pants that would be perfect!

  9. oh my, i *need* a wristlet… and a change purse… and a shoulder bag…

  10. jenn says:

    This is the best month ever for great ideas! I need more time! Thank you so much for all your hard work bringing us these ideas!

  11. this as all the other patterns you have recommended was WONDERFUL.. i did the tiny happy bag in a very short period of time and have found the solution to making several purses as gifts.. I had had difficulty finding one without all the complicated gussets and turning tiny straps.. I made my first one and I might even keep it for myself ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s the link to my bag – I think it would be great to make this one – and then make a cute little change purse to match ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so very much for this site!

  12. Some great bag ideas! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Annette says:

    This is so cute.

  14. Kirsten says:

    Definitely going to make some wristlets and change purses for stocking stuffers!

  15. Loopy says:

    I love that cow print!

  16. Ekioart says:

    Great! I’ve been wanting a new diaperbag and change purse…now I can just make my own ^-^

  17. Oiyi says:

    I love all the bags! And the new Amy Butler one is so cute! Thanks for showing that.

  18. Cindi says:

    Now that there isn’t a person I meet that will not hear about sewmama…perhaps I will need to attend a meeting or two to admit that I am powerless over my new obsession. Not only am I picking up all sorts of inspiration, aprons, belts, change purses…but I am “meeting” lovely, talented women who freely share what they have been given.

  19. Jean says:

    I HIGHLY recommend the tiny happy tutorial for those who are beginning- it started me sewing again!

  20. Alison says:

    wow, i’ve been wanting a shoulder purse like that for so long! thank you!

  21. Shannon H. says:

    I am going to have to use a few of these tutorials. I love the square bag!

  22. Tiffany says:

    Sooooo fabulous – thanks for the links. I am really loving Handmade Holidays!!!!!

  23. celeste says:

    I’ve been loving your 30 days of Gifts to Sew but this is the best so far. I love making bags – not so much to give as gifts because I want to keep them all to myself. : ) Thanks for all the great tutorials!

  24. Taia Wagoner says:

    I am ready to make purses! I always wanted to.

  25. Sandra says:

    Love all of the purse ideas!!! Thanks for giving me some inspiration for the fabric that just arrived in my mailbox! ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Stacy says:

    Thanks for the posts. Looking forward to trying some of these soon!!

  27. Ashley says:

    All those purses are sooo cute!

  28. Alison says:

    Love all these tutorials! I think I’ll try the shoulder bag first – now to decide who gets it (me?)

  29. adrienne says:

    I love making bags and purses! I really like the shoulder bag and Beth and Kristin’s fabric choices. =]

  30. SuZ from NJ says:

    WoW! I just discovered your blog….it’s wonderful !!! I have recently started sewing useful items again…sew this blog is just what I need….thanks—
    SuZ from NJ

  31. Dore says:

    Oh, great! thanks for posting this collection! ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Kat says:

    Oooh I love how simple the tutorials are! I made 2 of the shoulder bags today and they came out great.

  33. Mette says:

    I love fabric purses. Great inspiration for Christmas gifts!

  34. JonahLisa says:

    Great little bag. I love the fabric and the contract zipper.

  35. Kate says:

    Thanks for the great tutorials. These are really timely.

  36. Carolyn says:

    My favorite topic………thanks for the new, interesting links !!

  37. laurie says:

    The interfacing notes were just what I needed 3 weeks ago. I wish I’d found you sooner.

  38. Jennifer says:

    I just found you guys from Amy Karol’s blog. Kuddos! This stuff just plain rocks!

  39. tammiemarie says:

    thanks for the great links, i’d seen one or two of them but can’t wait to make some of these!

  40. mj says:

    that box bag could be a travel make-up case too!

  41. Anna says:

    Ohh, the box bag has given me an idea for an insulated bottle/snack bag for when Niko chan and I head east for Chrissie with the family. Not very keen on the commercial bag. Thank you for posting all the beaut tutes (hey it rhymes…). I am enjoying finding new blogs at the same time.

  42. Carmen Gloria Quirรƒยณs says:

    Thanks for all of your tutorials, every day I’m wait that you post your new tutorial, is amazing!!! I’m a chilean woman, mother of 4, and I’m living in Uruguay (south america). Your tutorials are very easy because they are step by step. I found a lot of tutorials in your post that I’m trying to do. Thanks again (sorry for my english but I’m a spanish speaker!!)

  43. Carol says:

    Love the bags – thanks for all the links!

  44. Sarah says:

    Gasp! My sister in law would LOVE the wristlet!

  45. Kensie says:

    Oh I am so excited for these! I have been wanting to make a new bag, now I have got my chance!!!

  46. Heather says:

    Oooh, I love that Practically Necessary coin purse! So many wonderful choices and things to make!!

  47. Kakariki says:

    Thanks for these great links. I’d always wanted to make some bags but it always seemed too ‘scary’. This will get me going for sure!


  48. 23rdspiral says:

    wow – i made a ‘bootybag’ years ago from an old demin skirt. nice process given here.

  49. Lauren S. says:

    i don’t know which project to attempt first. thanks for some great ideas!

  50. Betsy Pratt says:

    All I can say is WOW! I am so happy to have found you and your awesome blog-ness via Sew, Mama, Sew! What an incredible wealth of adorable patterns and tutorials! SO many of these are do-able for holiday gifts. Thanks a bunch!

  51. Violet says:

    Great fabric choices!

  52. Lynne H. says:

    Those bags are so cute and I really like Lauren’s choice for fabric with the colors and pattern. !Lynne H.

  53. Melissa says:

    I have been thinking about trying to make a purse. Thanks for the ideas.

  54. Amy says:

    These are awesome! I have a sister-in-law who just might be getting a one-of-a-kind handbag for Christmas! Thanks for all the inspiration!

  55. NanaSewn says:

    thank you for the bag archive…great

  56. Kristine says:

    Hurrah! A girl can never have too many bags…

  57. Cathy says:

    I am loving your tutorials! Thank you for sharing this with us!

  58. aurora fox says:

    Hi–I like the box bag–but I am sooo intimidated by sewing in zippers…
    these are all nice, tho…

  59. aurora fox says:

    Hi–I like the bos bag–but I am sooo intimidated by sewing in zippers…
    these are all nice, tho…

  60. brandee says:

    All these tutorials are awesome! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s been awhile since I’ve used a sewing machine… but I

  61. Amber says:

    These tutorials are wonderful! This whole month is so fabulous! I am having so much fun making gifts for everyone – Thank you!

  62. Abril says:

    Thanks for the tutorials! I’m a knitter looking to get into sewing, these are great inspiration.

  63. Jodie S says:

    I love the change purse!

  64. Kristin says:

    These are great! I have found zippers challenging, but I want to give the change purse a try. It looks so easy.

  65. Barbara says:

    This is a great day! I’ve been thinking of a wristlet but I’m a bit scared of zips. I’ll give this one a try. The booty bag is a tutorial I found after following a link for belt tutorial last week and I have just the jeans waiting to be made into this bag. Every day is great and I can’t wait to see what you have tomorrow!

  66. Letty says:

    Great tutorials, you can never have enough purses and bags!

  67. Stacey says:

    The box bag is different from every other bag I’ve seen online. Very cool! I think I’d like to make one in corduroy for my husband’s car.

  68. emily says:

    Great booty bag! And that Sophia Bag looks awesome.

  69. Javede says:

    I definately have to make a Booty bag for ….me ๐Ÿ˜‰

  70. Shelley says:

    Love all those bags! My creating list is getting very long.

  71. Minty says:

    I will definitely be using some of these patterns to make x-mas gifts for friends! They are fab! Also, the box bag will be a perfect sock knitting bag! Thanks so much!

  72. Jasmina says:

    the shoulder bag by tiny happy is one of my favorites – i’ve made three of them! it’s easy to adjust the pattern so the bag is smaller – on two of my bags i altered the straps so they tied together on top, which looks really cute : )
    great tutorial!

  73. Kabira says:

    These tutorial lists are so inspiring! Love the booty bag – now, where did I put those old pants?

  74. Claudia~L says:

    That’s what I needed!!! The box bag tutorial! I’ve been at a loss for making something for the men on my list (don’t think they want yet another scarf….)
    Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  75. Lori says:

    I can think of 101 great uses for the shoulder bag, for me and my kids.

  76. Until hearing about your holiday gift postings I somehow managed to not know about this site. I am so excited, and can’t decide whether to start by making something for my daughter or that wristlet.

  77. Bridget says:

    I’ve wanted to try to sew a shoulder bag for a while now, thanks for the tutorial I have a place to start! Great tutorials so far- keep them coming!

  78. Samantha says:

    Thanks for the link to the box bag. I needed some inspiration for the guys on my list. Those would make great toiletry kits for travel.

  79. nicolette says:

    Thansk again for a wonderful day full of inspiration!

  80. Kacy says:

    That shoulder bag looks easy enough to make. I’ll have to check it out!

  81. Angie says:

    I love all the purses! And Lauren’s choice of fabric would look beautiful with the shoulder bag pattern. Thank you guys so much for doing this! All the patterns and tutorials are completely awesome and I look forward to seeing new ones come up everyday!

  82. Love Caro’s wristlet! oh and that new Amy Bulter bag ROCKS!

    More tutorials over on my blog…

    Hope you girls have a great weekend!

    With friendship,

  83. Lil' d says:

    I’m waiting and waiting for Thanksgiving to get here, so I know who we’re getting presents for – I’m hoping one’s my sister-in-law as she would love this stuff.

  84. Debra says:

    I like the shoulder bags!!!

  85. Mika says:

    LOVE the brown & cream fabric choices. The second of the two makes me think of a modern take on toile–crazier pattern, but people who like toile might like it, too.

  86. Julia D says:

    I LOVE that the booty bag is made of wool pants rather than jeans…must go Christmas thrifting!!

  87. nikkapotamus says:

    I simply adore handmade bags. I have more than my fair share, so I’ll have to try one of these as a gift for a friend this Christmas.

  88. Cary says:

    I need to make one of this. So many choices. How do you decide!


  89. Natalie says:

    This has been such a wonderful series of posts… I look forward every day to the new theme. Thank you!

  90. jenclair says:

    I’m having such fun looking at all of the projects and visiting some of the blogs. Have to limit my computer time because otherwise, I’d be on all day!

  91. Holly says:

    I love purses! The change purse tutorial is exactly what I was looking for.

  92. Concha says:

    I love bags and ourses — thanks!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  93. andrea says:

    definitely going to check out all of these! hopefully some help with the zipper thing, always looking for an easier way.

  94. JV says:

    Thanks so much!

    Bag making is a hobby I enjoy!

  95. Becky says:

    I’ve been needing to make a new change purse, thanks.

  96. Gene says:

    Gosh, I’ve been wanting to make a bag of my own and all I can do are tote bags, thank you for these great tutorials!

  97. Elizabeth says:

    I love this purse. It can be used for so many different things! I will definitely be making this one for lots of people!

  98. Sue B says:

    If you’re looking for lots of great tutorials check out my website ๐Ÿ™‚

  99. Vickie says:

    Oh my, these are all cute! I think I really like the booty bag! Very cute idea!
    Thanks again, girls, for all your great ideas!

  100. Teddi says:

    Keep them coming! The booty bag is just what I need to use up some of my daughter’s pants that have lost their wear but not their use! She will be excited to see them ‘resurface’! I feel like it’s Christmas every day here as the tutorials show up – I can’t wait to check the blog!

  101. Heather says:

    Love the fabric choices – I’d use them all! Thank you again.

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