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Vintage Flour Sack Inspired Drop Cloth Purse

I’m so excited to share this project! I first had the idea to make this purse last fall, I sketched it out in my idea book and thought about it a lot! Then Thanksgiving happened, then Christmas, then I started decorating for spring and it just kept getting pushed back for other seasonal projects.

But I never forgot about it, it was still there in the back of my mind and I was excited about it. So after Easter was over, I decided I needed to set aside some time for sewing and actually make my new purse.

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

Last week I finally got the chance to sew! It was actually perfect timing since the weather decided to take a turn for the worse and we got some spring snow and lots of gray skis and rain. Since it was so cold, I didn’t even feel bad about locking myself in my basement sewing room and figuring out the pattern that had been swimming around in my head for so long.

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 knew I wanted to make my purse look like a vintage flour sack. I went back and forth on whether to screen print a flour sake inspired label on the front and (as you can see) decided against it. But I really love the stripes on the floor sacks. 

Then I needed a fabric that looked like a flour sack, but it needed to be sturdy enough for a purse. I just happened to have more drop cloth left over from my spring door pennant and monogrammed Christmas stockings laying around, I knew it would give me the look I wanted and hold up to regular use.

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

To make it look like a vintage flour sack, I painted some flour sack inspired stripes down the center of my purse. I originally was planning on a lighter blue to match the lining, but I love color, and specifically I love orange in my accessories.

You will probably never see me wearing an orange shirt, but an orange necklace or purse is right up my alley. So I decided to just go for it and add pops of orange to my vintage flour sack inspired drop cloth purse, and I LOVE it!

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

The orange zipper and stripes (that I purposely made look a little worn so that it kept that vintage look), are exactly what I needed in a fun new spring purse.

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

Pockets are a must for me in my purses. I have a few items that must always be kept in their specified spot so I can easily find them in the big black hole when I am driving. I swear my lips get dry as soon as I start driving and can’t go searching in the depths of my purse.

So I added 4 pockets to the inside of the purse to keep my (a tiny bit) organized. Then I also added a pop of orange on the inside by using bright orange bias tape to line my pockets.

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

And for those really important to find items (keys and phone), I added a pocket to the back of the purse. It’s the perfect place to quickly stash my things when I am out and about but they won’t get lost in the big pockets for easy retrieval.

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 so happy that I made the time to get some sewing done and make my idea come to life. It’s exactly how I envisioned it in my head (which never happens). And it was fun to dust off my sewing machine after neglecting it for other projects lately.

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

And don’t worry, I am working on getting the pattern and tutorial together so you can make a purse of your own too! I plan on having it ready for you on Thursday so make sure you don’t miss it.

**UPDATE: The tutorial and pattern are ready! Click here for the post.**

Until then, I am going to go enjoy the sunshine that decided to come visit with my new purse 🙂

-Kati with picture of blog author Kati

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Al Rost-Felder

Sunday 9th of August 2020

Hi there Thanks for sharing the patterns but there must b e something wrong with me - I have opened and opened and opened and opened 6 pages since entering my password but I simply cannot find where you download the Printable Purse Pattern. Could you be so kind as to give me an idea where it is as I'm getting a tad frustrated now as I am dying to make that lovely bag.

Many thanks Al

Kati

Thursday 13th of August 2020

The pattern is in the subscriber library here: Subscriber Library. Once you enter your password you will scroll all the way to the bottom (it's one of the last ones). The links for the download are below the picture of it.

Tanielle

Wednesday 19th of October 2016

I look forward to making this!

Kati

Thursday 20th of October 2016

Awesome! I'd love to see pictures when you're done. Have fun!

Debbie

Monday 4th of July 2016

So, Kati. I too love the purse and would love to make one. However I can't seem to find the link to the download for the pattern. Every link I click on just takes me back to pictures and descriptions. Could you post a link to the actual pattern?

Kati Farrer

Monday 4th of July 2016

Hello Debbie. The link to the pattern is in my library of free downloads for my email subscribers. When you sign up for my weekly email newsletter (so you never miss out on other great projects like this) you will get the link and the password. Then you can download the supply list and pattern as well as lots of other fun downloads. Hope this helps, please let me know if you have any other questions!

Dianne

Monday 13th of June 2016

Love this bag and want to make for my summer bag! Is there a supply list somewhere that I'm missing?

Kati Farrer

Tuesday 14th of June 2016

Good question Dianne, I started making one but then forgot to upload it... story of my life ;). But I got it added to the library of free printables next to the pattern. I hope this helps!

Lindsay

Tuesday 12th of April 2016

Absolutely amazing! I cannot believe you made it! Thanks so much for sharing at Merry Monday!

Kati Farrer

Saturday 16th of April 2016

Thank you Lindsay!

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