• 2x10” quilting cotton for the casing (Cotton + Steel Les Fleurs)
• 3½x11” quilting cotton for the main upper (Cotton + Steel Les Fleurs)
• 3x11” quilting cotton for the main lower (Cotton + Steel Les Fleurs)
• 6x11” quilting cotton for the lining (Cotton + Steel Les Fleurs)
• 6½x11” quilting cotton for the lining pocket (Cotton + Steel Les Fleurs)
• 6x11” low loft fusible fleece (eg Pellon 987F)
• 0.5m fusible woven interfacing (eg Pellon Shapeflex)
• 120mm flex frame
• 12” lace trim, at least ¾” wide
From the casing fabric, cut:
2 2x4¾” pieces
From the main upper fabric, cut:
2 3½x5½” pieces
From the main lower fabric, cut:
2 3x5½” pieces
From the lining fabric, cut:
From the lining pocket fabric, cut:
2 3¼x5½” pieces
From the fusible fleece, cut:
From the fusible woven interfacing, cut:
2 2x4¾” pieces for the casing
2 3½x5½” pieces for the main upper
2 3x5½” pieces for the main lower
2 5½x6” pieces for the lining
2 3¼x5½” pieces for the lining pockets
From the lace trim, cut:
2 6” strips
PREPARING THE PIECES
Apply the fusible woven interfacing to the relevant pieces as per manufacturer’s instructions. Take the casing pieces and fold the short ends over by ¼” towards the back of the casing piece. For the large dimensional purse, cut a ½” square out of each of the bottom corners of the lining pieces.
1. Take one piece of the lace trim and place along the top edge of the main lower piece, aligning the edge of the lace with the edge of the fabric, leaving a little overhang on either side. Baste in place with an 1/8” seam allowance. (See Pic A.)
2. Take one of the main upper pieces and place right sides together with the lower piece, aligning raw edges, then stitch together. Open out and press the seam allowance towards the upper piece, then trim the excess lace. Top-stitch on the upper side 1/8” from the seam you have just sewn. (See pics B and C.)
3. Take one piece of fusible fleece and apply to the back of the main outer piece as per manufacturer’s instructions.
4. Cut a ½” square out of each of the bottom corners of the main outer piece. (See Pic D.)
5. Take one of the casing pieces and fold in half, wrong sides together and press. Centre it on the top edge of the main outer piece and baste it in place 1/8” from the edge. (See Pic E.)
6. Repeat steps 1-5 with the remaining outer pieces.
7. Take one of the lining pocket pieces and fold in half wrong sides together, matching short edges. Sew around the raw edges, leaving a 2” turning gap on the bottom edge. Turn right sides out, press, keeping the seam allowance in the turning gap inside, then top-stitch along the folded edge 1/8” from the edge. (See Pic F.)
8. Place the pocket on top of one of the lining pieces, centred and 1½” up from the bottom as. Either zigzag-stitch with a narrow stitch or top-stitch 1/8” from the edge all the way around the sides and bottom edges.
9. Repeat steps 7-8 with the remaining pocket and lining piece.
10. Take one outer and one lining piece and place right sides together matching top raw edges and keeping the casing tucked down between the two, then stitch together. Repeat with the remaining outer and lining pieces.
11. Open the pieces from step 10 out and press the seam towards the lining. Place right sides together, making sure to match the outer sides and the lining sides together. Leave a 3” turning gap in the bottom edge of the lining, then sew around the edges, leaving the square cut outs open (See Pic G.)
12. Take the square cut out in one corner and squeeze together so that the side and base seams meet, then sew together. Repeat with the remaining three corners. (See pics H and I.)
13. Turn through the turning gap, tuck the lining inside the outer and press the casing away from both the lining and the outer, then top stitch around the top edge of the main purse (not the casing) 1/8” from the seam.
14. Insert the flex frame into the casings as per manufacturer’s instructions