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Guest Project — Stylish Purse Tutorial & giveaway!!

Update — giveaway closed
 Hi! I’m Priti from Arm Candy For You! 

I am an Engineer, MBA, wife, mom, greatcook, craft fiend, a proud Indian, friend, blogger &much much more! And today I would love to share a purse tutorial with you.

    The Mini Lauren 
Mini Lauren comes with easily accessible pockets, snap closure, stylish flap cover & a trigger clip to attach your keys or to your purse or jeans! The detailing & the look give you great designer style without the designer price tag!
{Trifold Credit Card Holder with trigger clip & 2 slots}

The finished size is
4.5″(12cm) wide x 3.5″(9.5cm) high when closed / 9″(23.5cm) long when fully open including the flap. The slots are 3″(7.5cm) by 4.5″(12cm) each.
 Material Requirement
·         Exterior fabric – 11” x 11”
·         Lining fabric – ¼ yard(0.23m)
·         Iron-on woven fusible interfacing -1/4 yard(0.23m)
·         1 magnetic snap
·         Coordinating Thread
·         Decorative button/trim (optional)
·         One trigger clip
·         2.5” long webbing/macrame/strap made from the exterior fabric
Cutting your fabric
From your exterior fabric cut
·         One exterior panel 5”(12.7 cm) x 7.5”(19 cm)
·         One circle with a diameter of 5”(12.8 cm).Use a compass like shown in the pic & draw on a paper & use it as pattern or draw directly on to the fabric & cut. A to B needs to be 2.5” (6.4cm).This circle will be used to make the flap.
From your lining fabric cut
·         One lining panel 5”(12.7 cm) x 7.5”(19 cm)
·         Two pocket panels  5”(12.7 cm) x 6.5”(16.5cm)
From the fusible interfacing cut
·         One exterior panel 4”(10.2 cm) x 6.5”(16.5 cm)
·         One lining panel 4”(10.2 cm) x 6.5”(16.5 cm)
·         Two pocket panels 4”(10.2 cm) x 5.5”(14cm)
·         One flap circle
If you notice the interfacings are an inch smaller in width & height, this is done to reduce the bulk in seams while sewing.
Let’s start
Applying fusible interfacing
1. Press the interfacings to the wrong sides of the exterior, lining, flap & the pocket cut pieces .Skip this step for exterior if it is leather, faux leather, thick burlap or vinyl. Make sure to keep the interfacings in the centre so that ½” is peeking out from all four sides (fig 1).
Please note -The flap interfacing is the same size as the flap. Use a medium heat steam setting on your iron. Start in the center of your fabric, and set the iron down on the fabric, not moving it around much toward the outer edges. Now you have 1 exterior, 1 lining, 2 pocket panels, and 1 flap circle ready to sew.
Start in the center of your fabric, and press (set the iron down on the fabric, not moving it around much) toward the outer edges. Now you have 1 exterior, 1 lining, 2 pocket panels, and 1 flap circle ready to sew
Adding the pockets
2. Fold the ½ “peeking out on the long edge of the pocket panel towards the interfaced side & iron it .Fold the panel into half with the interfaced sides together, matching the 5” edge & iron it(fig 2). Repeat this with the other pocket panel & top stitch the folded edge.
 3. Take one pocket panel & pin it ½” above the bottom edge of the lining panel. Pin the other pocket panel 4” above the bottom edge of the lining panel. (Fig 3). Sew the pockets on three sides with ½” seam allowance.
Making the flap
4.Take the  circle flap & fold it into 2 & cut it into 2 semi circles.If it has a pattern,see the directionality while deciding the line on which to cut!
5.If you intend to add a button /rosette/flower,sew it 1.25” above the curve on the front side of the flap.If you want to add a trim, add it while the final top sewing, do not sew it at this stage.

6.On the lining side of the flap measure & mark the centre of the flap .Then mark a point at 1” from the curve along this centre . 

Attaching the flap
7. Place the top edge of the lining panel & lining flap right sides together & pin. Stitch them together with a 1/2” seam allowance (fig 5). Fold the seam allowance towards the lining panel & top stitch, & don’t forget to back stitch at each end!
8. Place the top edge of the main panel & main flap right sides together & pin. Stitch them together with a 1/2” seam allowance. Fold the seam allowance towards the main panel & top stitch same as the lining panel.
9. Measure & mark the centre of the exterior panel by joining the long edges together & mark a point 1.5” from the bottom edge along this centre. Attach the female part of the magnetic snap on this point.
10. Now you have 1 exterior & 1 lining panels attached to the flaps & ready to assemble. (Fig 6)
Final Assembly
11. Take the webbing/macramé/strap & put the trigger clip through it, fold it in half & place 1 cm below the top edge of the top pocket facing inside. Sew it with a few stitches firmly. (Fig 7)
12. Place the lining & the exterior panel’s right sides together matching the sides & the curves of the two flaps. Pin all the outside edges. (Fig 8)
 13. Stitch all around the sides & the flap with a ½” seam allowance. For the bottom edge sew 0.5” from both the bottom corners & leave 4” gap in the bottom edge to turn the right side out. Remember to back stitch the 0.5” sewing in the bottom edge else the sewing unravels while turning the right side out!
 14. Clip the corners in the seam allowance as well around the flap curves.Turn the case right side out through the gap in the bottom edge. Push out all the corners & the flap with your fingers or a turning tool gently.Fold the 4” opening ½” inside on both sides & pin (fig 9).Sew it shut .
Top stitch the entire wallet with a ¼” seam allowance & the mini laurenis ready to paint the town red with you!
 Wow – what a great tutorial, Priti!! 

And guess what?! 

Priti is also offering a giveaway too!! 
pdf pattern Wristlet Clutch Zippered Pleated  by Armcandyforyou on Etsy
She’s giving away TWO sets of FOUR Purse Patterns.
{your choice of ANY in her shop}
So you can make your own purse creations! 

Here’s how you can win: 

  • Hop over to Priti’s shop — Arm Candy For You. What is The Name of your favorite purse? one entry.
And if you want a couple more entries: 


  • “Like” Priti’s shop on facebook. one entry.


  •  Check out Priti’s blog — leave a comment or follow for great pattern tutorials. one entry each.
And, Priti is also giving Tatertots & Jello readers a special code for 10% off anything in her shop — just type in TATERTOTSANDJELLO at checkout!!  {this giveaway will end on 2/28}

 Have a Great Day!!! 

xoxoPSI have been hard at work creating some Spring Sweater Refashions and a fun home decor project. I will try to get those written up to share this week. 



  1. I really need the Shoulder bag Dalmatian print Oversize Leather Straps Black White to go with my dalmatian dog 😉

  2. I commented on her blog.

  3. I follow her blog.

  4. I like the dalmation print shoulder bag the most!

  5. Amanda @ Ninth Street Notions says:

    I follow her blog. It's really great.

  6. Amanda @ Ninth Street Notions says:

    I left a comment for her on her blog.


  7. Amanda @ Ninth Street Notions says:

    I like Priti's shop on FB.


  8. Amanda @ Ninth Street Notions says:

    I love the shoulder bag leather chocolate brown floral brooch.


  9. I left a comment on one of the posts! Great ideas on her site!!

  10. I'm now a follower!

  11. I "liked" her on FB!

  12. The Messenger Style Shoulder Bag is my fave!

  13. I added her blog to my Google Reader subscriptions.

  14. Beautiful bags! I love the
    Messenger style Shoulder Bag linen Damask chocolate.

    elissahuebert at gmail.com

  15. Oh I so wanna win! These are lovely!! Thank you for the chance!
    *Crosses fingers!*
    ~Terrell @ Frou Frou Decor~

  16. April and Holly says:

    I left Priti a comment on her blog. Love those "piilow" pin cushions

  17. April and Holly says:

    I am following Priti's blog!

  18. April and Holly says:

    I love the trifolds. As a mom of two little ones – I am so tired of lugging around a large bag with all the essentials. So when it's just ME – I like to keep it small and simple!

  19. I am delighted to follow Arm Candy for You — thanks for introducing us to her!

  20. Jimminy Crickets! Sometimes when bloggers hold a giveaway and even if I don't win, I happy to have learned about someone or something new and wonderful…this is certainly one of those times. What creative and clever designs — we all love the pretty and joyful hands-at-home patterns for some purposes, but sometimes I like something a bit more sophisticated. Thanks for introducing us to Arm Candy for You — and oh, yes, I love the Honeybuns patterns and the "Traveler" purse!

  21. Let her a comment on the crayon roll she made her son. Super cute!!

  22. I am now following her. I look forward to reading future posts through google reader :-)

  23. I have "liked" Arm Candy For You on Facebook.

  24. I love the "Handmade Tote Canvas Orange Floral Vegan Stripes" purse. The colors remind me of warm sunny days! Which I hope come very soon :-)

  25. sandyandcosmo says:

    My favorite design is the Honeybun Cosmetic pouch coin purse. Thanks for the giveaway!

  26. I also liked on Facebook

  27. I love the Messenger style Shoulder Bag. Thanks for the tute!

  28. I also liked on Facebook and I am now following her blog!

  29. I love the Nautical Stripe Shoulder bag! To die for!

  30. I like on FB.

  31. Very pretty bags, I love the "Messenger style Shoulder Bag linen Damask chocolate" one!

  32. Meagan1252 says:

    I love the macaron coin purses. Just perfect for what I need.

  33. Kel's Corner says:

    I am now following her blog and liked her on Facebook!

  34. I liked her on FB, and am following hr blog :)

  35. A BIIIIG thank you Jen:)
    I love it…………….XOXO:)

  36. Terri @ A Creative Princess says:

    I'm now following her. Love her blog!

  37. Terri @ A Creative Princess says:

    I left a comment on Arm Candy's blog.

  38. Terri @ A Creative Princess says:

    I love the Nautical Shoulder Bag!

  39. I really like the Shoulder Bag Linen Nautical Striped Jute Rope Removable Strap white blue navy bag! soo adorable:)

  40. Football Wife says:

    Such pretty fabrics and interesting shapes. My favorite is the Pleated Wristlet Clutch Purse Velvet Aquamarine Zip Top.

  41. I really like the fabric diaper bag in pink. Because I am mom of three boys and would love a girl :)

  42. Bellenza Wedding Bistro says:

    Too bad I can't sew. But it's always great to see all the creative talent out there! Thanks for featuring Priti and her wonderful products!

  43. Our Beautiful Life says:

    nice handmade bags – love a good find! i think my fav is the pleated hand bag, the flowery fabric is fun :}

  44. bethanndodd says:

    I left a comment on Priti's blog!

  45. bethanndodd says:

    I spotted several bags I like but the Red Fabric Travel Bag with zipper is my favorite (I think!!)

  46. She has a great black and white messenger bag in her etsy shop – thanks for the tutorial and giveaway! I'd love to have the Lauren (bigger version) pattern!

  47. jennykate77 says:

    Those little purses are adorable!! Sounds like a great tutorial…too bad I'm such a sucky sewer. I need to practice!

  48. love those diaper bags!!

  49. That One Girl says:

    I really like the Aquamarine pleated clutch!!

  50. Lyndee @ A Recovering Craft Hoarder says:

    I like the Handmade Tote Canvas Orange Floral Vegan Stripes. Looks big enough to hold all the mommy things.

  51. Kel's Corner says:

    I like the macaron – cute little bag!

  52. youwannawhat says:

    am now a follower at arm candy for you!

  53. youwannawhat says:

    i "liked" her on FB!

  54. And I am now following her blog. What great tutorials.

  55. youwannawhat says:

    I really love the linen nautical purse!

  56. I like her shop on facebook

  57. my fave bag is Pleated Tote Shoulder Bag Brown Camo Jungle. I can totally see myself with it:)

  58. I left a comment on Arm Candy's Day & Night post. Thanks!

  59. I like Arm Candy on FB as Tabitha Swain Klucking.

  60. All very cute! I just love the .Trifold Credit Card Holder Wallet Polka Dot Red Black Cotton!

  61. I visited Arm Candy for You blog and left a comment!

  62. I like Arm Candy For You on FB!

  63. The Pleated Tote is my favorite! Beautiful bags.

  64. Jake n Kait says:

    I love the teal tote with the yellow leather straps..reminds me of Hawaii!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  65. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the red striped lunch tote! Every day in good weather I love to take my lunch when I go to the pool for my exercise, and I'd love to show off the beautiful red tote to all the ladies there for aerobics class!

  66. Adorable!

  67. UtahMillers says:

    I am now following Priti's blog!

  68. UtahMillers says:

    I left a comment on Priti's blog!

  69. Zach and Shawn says:

    these are all so fun but I love the diaper bag I really need a new one!

  70. UtahMillers says:

    I like Arm Candy For You on FB!

  71. Great stuff! I really like her messenger bag!

  72. UtahMillers says:

    I love the Handmade Bag Plain laminate in brown. I also love the diaper bag, but I'd need one in a more manly color. :)

  73. Rosemariee says:

    i like the macaron coin purses! they're all so cute.

  74. I just might be able to pull these off!:) Super CUTE!

  75. Wow! There's a slight possiblity I could make that! Or at least I'm thinking MAYBE I could!

  76. I do like the handmade tote canvas. The wristlet is cute, too.

  77. Gorgeous bags! Thanks so much for sharing! I Stumbled it. :-)