Sunday, May 2, 2010

Rag Purses

Rag Purse Layout

If you have not tried the new rag purses you must give them a try they are easy and fun to make. Here is a picture of the layout after you put your squares together. You use the bigshot to make the scalloped squares using the large clear scallop square die. One for the front and one for the back with a smaller square (3 1/4" x 3 1/4") of batting between to make the quilting, finishing by stitching a "X" on each square to quilt it. Make sure you leave a 3/4" seam all around each piece. The seven square row is your bottom row of your purse (three in center), plus each side of your purse (the two at the beginning and two at end of row) you fold and sew up to make sides. The top two rows of squares are the front of your purse and the bottom two rows are the back of your purse. The little green "U" shaped strip is your closure for the front of your purse, 2" X 10". I added a scalloped flower to the front of my purse that is what the three scalloped circles are for at the bottom left (gathered in center by hand in a running stitch then pulled tight makes the flower on each layer). I also added a long pocket inside and a pocket on one of the sides. The outside is with the rag 3/4" seam cliped (meaning seam edge is on the outside) and the inside is a regular finished seam. So this is reverse from what a normal way to sew a garment but really looks cool. Remember to put a button on both sides because this purse is reversable. The more you wash your purse the more the edges fray and gives it that frayed rag look. I hope this makes sence if not you should be able to find a tutorial somewhere because they are popular right now. If not give me a gingle and I will try to help.

My Rag Purse
This is the purse that I made for myself. I used some left over material that I had used several years ago to make a vest for one of my daughters. That is one nice thing about this project it does not take very much yardage and I never get rid of my scraps because I am a quilter. The material on the handles, closure and black on the flower is kind of a velveteen and so soft and smooth to the feel. The print material is a corduroy and semiheavy so very firm and holds its shape very well. The inside is all lined with a black cotton.

Rag Purses
Here are the rest of the purses that I made. I ended up making a total of twelve in all. It gave me a chance to use some of my yard goods that I had been saving for just that special project. I used some of the old buttons from my mother and grandmother on these purses. I hated to used some of them but they matched so good I just could not resist. I do not know if they show up if you enlarge the picture or not but had lots of fun picking them out.

Well off to start a new project more next time let me know what you think.


  1. i LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your purse Kathleen!! All of them are pretty, but this one is my favorite. I like your directions and picture of how it is laid out, plus the fact you gave the measurements. Your button on your purse really fits this style -- great job!!

  2. What can I say that Sandi hasn't already said! I too, love your purse the best. Of course it is probably because it looks victorian/vintage. I am glad you were able to use those buttons on something real special. I am sure whoever buys one of the purses will keep the button even after the purse has expired. Great job, Kathleen, and I can't wait to see your next project. See yah.