How to make a monster purse

June 6, 2018

This great free tutorial by Christine Leech shows you just how to make your very own Monster Purse! Follow along as she teaches you how to make a scarily good storage solution for your needles and pins! Christine is a blogger and expert pom pom crafter at the Sew Yeah blog.

Sew Yeah Monster Purse

Say hello to my new best friend – Purdy the perfectly preposterous purse. She’s an ideal size to keep your sewing needles, pins, yarn and current project in (as long as it’s small -we’re talking mittens not jumpers!) I have used a Rico medium size purse clasp and the Rico Fashion pack of felt. For some of the decoration I’ve used little bits of vinyl fabric which is easily snapped up online in small sheets.

You will need:

Purse clasp, felt, pencil, tailors chalk or pen, needle, a strong thread like top stitch or button thread, embroidery thread, scissors. fabric glue or Bondaweb,

To make the purse:

Take the metal purse clasp and using a pen or pencil draw around it on to a piece of paper.

Sew Yeah Monster Purse metal clasp

Using a ruler draw a rectangle 14cm by 12 cm below the outline of the clasp. Then mark the two points where the clasp hinges.

Drawing out the hinges

Cut out the purse pattern.

Cutting the purse pattern

Take two pieces of felt and fold one in half horizontally. Place the purse template onto the felt, pin in place and draw round. Repeat with the second piece of felt.

Drawing around the felt

Machine sew the three sides of the rectangle together on both pieces of felt. On the felt that is going to be the outer colour of the purse try and sew on the drawn line. For the felt that is going to be the inside of the purse sew about 5mm inside the drawn line. Trim away the excess felt around the two purses. Then turn the outer purse right side out but leave the inner purse as it is.

Sewing the inner and outer parts of your purse

Take the inner purse and feed it inside the outer purse, they should fit snugly together.

Feeding the two pieces of felt together

Two pieces of felt are together

Line up the openings for the inner and outer purse, pin then machine sew together both pieces on both sides of the purse.

Lining up and pinning the felt

To add a gusset at the base of the purse:

Holding the purse upside down take both of the base corners and pinch together to for two ‘ears’

Adding the gusset to the base of the purse

Fold the ears down towards each other so the base of the purse becomes 3D. Pin the ears to the base and then hand stitch in place.

Folding the ears of the purse down

Making the purse 3D

To add the purse clasp:

Open the clasp and starting with one side of the purse feed the raw edges of the felt into the metal channel – keep going till both sides are inserted. Using a needle and piece of embroidery thread roughly sew the clasp to the felt. This will stop the fabric slipping out when you sew it properly.

Adding the purse clasp

Starting on one side of the clasp with the needle coming up from the inside of the purse begin sewing the clasp and purse body together. Push the needle through the felt at an angle and wiggle it till it comes out through one of the holes in the clasp front. Then return the needle back through the next hole and continue sewing around the clasp inserting the needle into each hole twice to ensure the clasp and fabric are firmly fixed together. You should be able to create a line of stitching where you can’t see the stitches on the inside of the purse.

Stitching the clasp on

Stitching the clasp on

The finishing stitches to the clasp

To decorate:

If you want to add eyes and a tongue like I have here print and cut out the templates then cut out the relevant pieces from different coloured felts. To add a different texture you could also use used some small offcuts of fake leather and vinyl. The two stars in her eyes are small gold sequins.

Decorating the purse

You can either use a thin layer of fabric glue to stick the pieces to the purse or use an iron on fusible paper like Bondaweb. If you use Bondaweb follow the manufactures instructions on how to fix the paper to the felt.

Take some time to play around with the eyes and tongue till you are happy with the expression then fix in place.

Attaching the tongue

Sew Yeah Monster Purse

And here’s Purdy all finished!

Monster Purse by Sew Yeah