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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Now it’s time to sew!