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Free Printable Purse Pattern & Tutorial

Happy Thursday! I am having a really hard time writing this post, why? Not because I am any less excited about the amazing purse I shared with you on Monday, but because I decided to pack my kids into the car and escape to warmer weather for Spring Break.

Utah is being silly and holding tight to winter, but after a day in the car, we are enjoying the sun at my sister’s house in Arizona. But I still want to share my perfect spring purse, so I am writing up the tutorial for this free printable purse pattern.

I love this drop cloth purse that is made to look like a vintage flour sack. Make your own purse with the free printable purse pattern and tutorial. | Housefulofhandmade.com

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This vintage drop cloth inspired purse took me about 4 total hours to sew. I was figuring things out a bit as I was going, but I am an advanced seamstress, so I’d plan about 3-4 hours.

This is also not a pattern for a first time sewer. I took lots of pictures to help you through the process, but there are some tight corners and curves that you need to know how to maneuver on the sewing machine before jumping into this project.

I love this purse! This vintage flour sack inspired drop cloth purse is the perfect DIY purse. Made from study drop cloth with fun pops of color. | Housefulofhandmade.com

If you are ready to jump in, let’s get going (this is going to be a long tutorial with lots of pictures). You can check out this post for lots of pretty pictures of the finished purse and my inspiration.

I love this purse! This vintage flour sack inspired drop cloth purse is the perfect DIY purse. Made from study drop cloth with fun pops of color. | Housefulofhandmade.com

I am sharing the free printable pattern in my library of free downloads that I share with my email subscribers. Click here to subscribe so you can download this pattern and so much more!

After you’ve printed the pattern, tape together all the pieces and then cut them out of your fabrics. Make sure to clip notches and mark the green dots.

You will need to transfer the back pocket zipper opening to one side of the front/bottom/back piece. I did this by using some fabric tracing paper taped to the back of the pattern and then ran along the cut lines with my tracing wheel.

I love this drop cloth purse that is made to look like a vintage flour sack. Make your own purse with the free printable purse pattern and tutorial. | Housefulofhandmade.com

Once everything is cut and marked, it’s time to add the vintage flour sack detail. I made my stripes using some 1/4″ blue painters tape. Then I painted the stripes with some fabric paint using a foam brush to make it look a little worn and vintage.

I love this drop cloth purse that is made to look like a vintage flour sack. Make your own purse with the free printable purse pattern and tutorial. | Housefulofhandmade.com

Let it dry then remove the tape and admire your work! Then iron it with a hot iron with no steam and a pressing cloth (to protect your iron) to seal in the fabric paint.

I love this drop cloth purse that is made to look like a vintage flour sack. Make your own purse with the free printable purse pattern and tutorial. | Housefulofhandmade.com

Now it’s time to sew!

How to Sew a Drop Cloth Purse


All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise noted.

Start by preparing your inside pockets. If you want pockets on both sides of the purse, cut 2, if you only want them on one side, cut 1.  Fold the inside pocket piece in half with the right sides out. Iron the seam flat. Then sandwich the unfinished seams inside a strip of bias tape.

I love this drop cloth purse that is made to look like a vintage flour sack. Make your own purse with the free printable purse pattern and tutorial. | Housefulofhandmade.com

Sew down the bias tape to enclose the edges of the fabric inside.

I love this drop cloth purse that is made to look like a vintage flour sack. Make your own purse with the free printable purse pattern and tutorial. | Housefulofhandmade.com

Now line up the pocket pieces with the front/bottom/back piece. The top of the pockets (the side with the bias tape on it) will be lined up along the green dotted line. Pin it well.

I love this drop cloth purse that is made to look like a vintage flour sack. Make your own purse with the free printable purse pattern and tutorial. | Housefulofhandmade.com

Sew along the entire bottom of the pocket piece. I did two seams 1/8″ apart for extra strength. Then sew the center from the top of the pocket to the bottom of the pocket to split the one large pocket into 2. Again, I sewed 2 seams 1/8″ apart.

I love this drop cloth purse that is made to look like a vintage flour sack. Make your own purse with the free printable purse pattern and tutorial. | Housefulofhandmade.com

Next, line up the front/bottom/back piece (with the pockets laying flat) with a side piece. Line up the notches and green dots. Then sew from green dot to green dot, enclosing the edge of the pockets into the side seam.

I love this drop cloth purse that is made to look like a vintage flour sack. Make your own purse with the free printable purse pattern and tutorial. | Housefulofhandmade.com

Then repeat on the other side.

I love this drop cloth purse that is made to look like a vintage flour sack. Make your own purse with the free printable purse pattern and tutorial. | Housefulofhandmade.com

Set lining aside.

Time to add the pocket to the outside of the purse. First we will add the zipper. Cut along the solid lines you traced at the beginning, then fold along the dotted lines and press. You will have a nice flat opening in the purse outside fabric.

I love this drop cloth purse that is made to look like a vintage flour sack. Make your own purse with the free printable purse pattern and tutorial. | Housefulofhandmade.com

Center a 7″ zipper behind the opening and pin into place. Sew all around the opening 1/8″ away from the center edge.

I love this drop cloth purse that is made to look like a vintage flour sack. Make your own purse with the free printable purse pattern and tutorial. | Housefulofhandmade.com

Pin together the outside pocket lining pieces and sew from green dot all around 3 sides to green dot. Fold over the unsewn edge on one half and press flat.

I love this drop cloth purse that is made to look like a vintage flour sack. Make your own purse with the free printable purse pattern and tutorial. | Housefulofhandmade.com

Pin the folded over seam to the bottom of the zipper on the back side of the front/bottom/back piece. Then sew along the bottom line you sewed to secure the zipper, but make sure you only catch the one folded over edge. I do this by placing the unfolded side of the pocket lining under my sewing machine arm to keep it out of the way.

I love this drop cloth purse that is made to look like a vintage flour sack. Make your own purse with the free printable purse pattern and tutorial. | Housefulofhandmade.com

Next you will flatten the unfolded side of the pocket lining and sew the remaining 3 sides of the box you sewed to secure the zipper. This will secure the top of the pocket lining to the purse. You can unzip your pocket now and see the fun lining fabric.

I love this drop cloth purse that is made to look like a vintage flour sack. Make your own purse with the free printable purse pattern and tutorial. | Housefulofhandmade.com

Now grab the bottom reinforcement piece and iron the fusible web to the back of the fabric. Then fold over 1/2″ on each long side of the piece and iron flat.

I love this drop cloth purse that is made to look like a vintage flour sack. Make your own purse with the free printable purse pattern and tutorial. | Housefulofhandmade.com

Pin it to the center of the front/bottom/back piece, lining up the notches. Sew along both folded sides 1/4″ away from the edge.

I love this drop cloth purse that is made to look like a vintage flour sack. Make your own purse with the free printable purse pattern and tutorial. | Housefulofhandmade.com

On the outer side pieces, fold the top down 1/2″ (at the green dots) and iron flat. Then line up a side piece with the side of the front/bottom/back piece, lining up the notches and green dots. While sewing, make sure to keep the side pieces folded.

Repeat on the other side.

I love this drop cloth purse that is made to look like a vintage flour sack. Make your own purse with the free printable purse pattern and tutorial. | Housefulofhandmade.com

To give some dimension to the sides of the purse, I topstitched the edges of the side pieces 1/8″ in from the edge. It gives the purse sides some structure too.

I love this drop cloth purse that is made to look like a vintage flour sack. Make your own purse with the free printable purse pattern and tutorial. | Housefulofhandmade.com

Next prepare the tabs to hold the handles on. You can cut out the pattern piece for the handle tabs and sew them into a tube with right sides together, then turn it out or do what I did and use a 4″ piece of the 1 1/4″ strapping that I used for the handles. Fold it around the metal purse rings and pin.

I love this drop cloth purse that is made to look like a vintage flour sack. Make your own purse with the free printable purse pattern and tutorial. | Housefulofhandmade.com

Then line the handle tabs up on the front and back of the purse. You may notice that I already have the lining attached in this picture (oops). You want to make sure to sew the handle tabs on before attaching the lining (you know, do as I say not as I do). I lined my handle tabs 1 1/2″ from the top and 1 1/2″ from the side.

I love this drop cloth purse that is made to look like a vintage flour sack. Make your own purse with the free printable purse pattern and tutorial. | Housefulofhandmade.com

Pin into place and then sew securely. I sewed around the tab 1/4″ in from the edge then sewed an X inside.

I love this drop cloth purse that is made to look like a vintage flour sack. Make your own purse with the free printable purse pattern and tutorial. | Housefulofhandmade.com

Repeat for the other 3 handle tabs.

Now it’s time to insert the lining. Put the lining inside the purse with wrong sides touching. Then sew across the top on both sides with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

I love this drop cloth purse that is made to look like a vintage flour sack. Make your own purse with the free printable purse pattern and tutorial. | Housefulofhandmade.com

Time to sew the top zipper section.

Line up the lining with the outer fabric and sew the short side edge from the edge to the green dot (all but 1/2″ of the seam). Only do this on one side. Then sew the long side from the green dot to the edge and the other short side with a basting stitch and no backstitching. Repeat for the other piece making sure the pieces mirror each other (the regular stitched side is the opposite side).

I love this drop cloth purse that is made to look like a vintage flour sack. Make your own purse with the free printable purse pattern and tutorial. | Housefulofhandmade.com

Clip the two corners. Then turn the piece so the right sides are out.

I love this drop cloth purse that is made to look like a vintage flour sack. Make your own purse with the free printable purse pattern and tutorial. | Housefulofhandmade.com

Press the pieces nice and flat.

I love this drop cloth purse that is made to look like a vintage flour sack. Make your own purse with the free printable purse pattern and tutorial. | Housefulofhandmade.com

Now remove the basting stitches along the one long side and the one short side. Your pieces will be attached on the one edge and have a nice flat fold on the other two sides.

I love this drop cloth purse that is made to look like a vintage flour sack. Make your own purse with the free printable purse pattern and tutorial. | Housefulofhandmade.com

Take you zipper and sandwich it inside the one side of the piece. The top of the zipper should be at the sewn edge and the bottom of the zipper will extend past the end of the piece. Sew along the two short sides and the long side by the zipper 1/4″ away from the edge to secure the zipper.

I love this drop cloth purse that is made to look like a vintage flour sack. Make your own purse with the free printable purse pattern and tutorial. | Housefulofhandmade.com

Repeat on the other side.

I love this drop cloth purse that is made to look like a vintage flour sack. Make your own purse with the free printable purse pattern and tutorial. | Housefulofhandmade.com

You only need a 14-16″ zipper for the top of the purse, but I wanted the look of the larger teeth and could only find it in 24″ length. Once I got the zipper sewn into the piece I zipped it up and then sewed across the bottom a few inches below edge. Then I cut the excess zipper off.

I love this drop cloth purse that is made to look like a vintage flour sack. Make your own purse with the free printable purse pattern and tutorial. | Housefulofhandmade.com

To make the back of the cut zipper look finished, I folded the sides and the top of the zipper tab piece in 1/2″ and ironed it flat into a little box. Then I placed it over the bottom of the zipper and sewed around the edges and and X over the center to secure it.

I love this drop cloth purse that is made to look like a vintage flour sack. Make your own purse with the free printable purse pattern and tutorial. | Housefulofhandmade.com

Line the top of the zipper pieces with the top of the purse and sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

I love this drop cloth purse that is made to look like a vintage flour sack. Make your own purse with the free printable purse pattern and tutorial. | Housefulofhandmade.com

I could have ironed it and left it there, but I wanted to add some more dimension and structure to the top so I topstitched along the top line 1/2″ from the edge and 1/8″ from the edge. This also enclosed the entire seam to hide the unfinished edges.

I love this drop cloth purse that is made to look like a vintage flour sack. Make your own purse with the free printable purse pattern and tutorial. | Housefulofhandmade.com

You are almost done…

You will finish the purse by adding the handles. I used a 24″ piece of strapping and overlapped it 1 3/4 inches to give me plenty of room to sew a box and X to secure it.

I love this drop cloth purse that is made to look like a vintage flour sack. Make your own purse with the free printable purse pattern and tutorial. | Housefulofhandmade.com

Then I used a little hand stitching to secure the lining to the outer fabric on the top of the sides. I forgot to get a picture of this (and since I am on vacation, you will just have to imagine it). But it’ll be easy since it is the only open seam left in the entire purse.

And now you are done! Pat yourself on the back, grab yourself a glass of wine, and then fill up your purse with all your stuff because it’s time to go out and show it off.

I love this purse! This vintage flour sack inspired drop cloth purse is the perfect DIY purse. Made from study drop cloth with fun pops of color. | Housefulofhandmade.com

Are you ready to make  your own vintage inspired flour sack purse? The free printable pattern is in my library of free printables & downloads. Sign up for my weekly newsletter today to get access to my library of freebies where you can download this pattern (with supply list) and lots more!

And now I’m heading back to the sun 🙂

-Kati with picture of blog author Kati

 

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Barbara Raisbeck

Sunday 21st of July 2019

Thanks for the tutorial. Looking forward to your newsletter

Kati

Monday 22nd of July 2019

Thanks Barbara! Enjoy your new project.

Ivana Costa Nasser

Friday 19th of April 2019

Hello Kati! I´m Ivana, from Brazil´s Southern Region (60 years old!). I love to sew bags and I´m very happy to try your template! I usually produce them to a charity institution, so we gather all material from different friends (recycling fabrics and all sort of accessories) Thank you for sharing it! Congrats and Happy Easter to you and your family! Ivana

Kati

Tuesday 23rd of April 2019

What an amazing project! I am so happy my bag pattern can help. Enjoy!

Monique

Monday 25th of February 2019

Bonjour Kati je ne trouve pas l'endroit ou je dois mettre le mot de passe pour avoir le tutoriel Pouvez vous m'aider? merci beaucoup

Kati

Monday 25th of February 2019

You do not put the password in the tutorial, you will need to go to the Subscriber Library and enter the password there to get access to the downloads.

Cynthia

Saturday 23rd of February 2019

I have subscribed to your newsletter and entered the tutorial with the password given. I have been through the tutorial several times and still do not see the materials and pattern piece measurements anywhere. Thank you.

Kati

Monday 25th of February 2019

The tutorial will not give you the pattern, it is in the Subscriber Library. Scroll all the way to the bottom till you see the photo of the purse and click the words below that say Pattern or Supplies List for it. The one that says tutorial will you take you back to the tutorial in case you need it to walk you through the sewing process.

Anne

Saturday 1st of September 2018

This purse showed up in a Pinterest email today. I cannot believe how close it is to one I designed and made myself! So odd, or perhaps not... Yours is more elegantly constructed, though.

Kati

Wednesday 5th of September 2018

Thanks Anne! This is a simple design but so much fun!

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