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Sew Your Own Everyday Pocketbook

Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
This pocketbook should easily hold every thing you use on a day to day basis but it's not so large that you'll over pack it and wish it had wheels. Make it in various fabrics to have a handbag for everyday that will go with every outfit you own!


  • Fabric - 1/2 yard of 45" or 60" wide
  • Lining - 1/2 yard of 45" or 60" wide
  • 1 1/4 yards of piping
  • Thread
  • Bottom Pattern Piece PDF Format
  • For the elastic topped purse - 20" of 1/2" elastic and 1 1/2" of 3/4" wide hook and loop tape
  • Optional:Decorative drawstring -- 1 1/4 yard of decorative cording (approximately 1/2" diameter}
  • Optional:
    • Interfacing - depends upon your fabric choice. Most fabric will require 2 layers of fusible craft weight interfacing.
    • Bottom: For extra stiffness in the bottom, use a stiff plastic cut 3/4" smaller than the bottom pattern piece. The purses shown here used shower wall liner. Plastic from a 3 ring binder is approximately the same thickness.
  • Optional: Zipper for the lining pocket - a 5" light-weight zipper or a longer zipper that you can sew through can be trimmed to fit the pocket area after you have sewn it in place. How to Shorten a Zipper
  • Piping or covered cording How to Cover Cording and Create Piping

Note: The drawstring version can be combined with the elastic version,to maintain a secure close and using the drawstring for decorative purposes.

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