1. Home

Free Pattern and Directions to Sew a Stylish Useful Handbag

By

5 of 10

Prepare Body of Bag
Pleats and Pockets in the Body of the Bag

Pleats and Pockets in the Body of the Bag

Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
The Pleats
  • Using the marking made in step 1, fold wrong sides together at the 4" mark and bring the fold to the 4 3/4" mark. Repeat for the 6" mark. Repeat to complete all of the pleats on the top of the body of the bag pieces.
  • Baste and press in place.
The Outside Pocket
  • Press the pocket piece in half on the 6" edge, matching the raw edges.
  • Baste the edges together.
  • Align the pocket pieces on the bottom of the body of the bag pieces, aligning the edges and bottom of the body of the bag piece.
  • Baste the pocket in place.
  • Sew rows of topstitching perpendicular to the bottom of the bag, to create pockets a size of your choosing. The pockets shown here were sewn at the quarter marks of the width of the body of the bag piece.
  1. About.com
  2. Home
  3. Sewing
  4. Free Sewing Patterns
  5. Bags, Totes & Purse Project
  6. Free Pattern and Directions to Sew a Stylish Useful Handbag

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.