Simple drawstring purses are easy to carry. Thus, more and more users carry them when they are shopping or traveling. And, users can see purse’s contents as long as they set it upright on a table or counter.
- Cut an 8-inch circle from lightweight cardboard, creating drawstring purse bottom. Cut the pattern from a heavyweight fabric.
- Cut a 12 inch wide, 28 inch long rectangle from the heavyweight fabric, creating the side of the drawstring purse.
- Pin one long edge of the purse side to the circle, keeping right sides together. Begin pinning a 1/2-inch from the end of the long edge to accommodate a side seam. Do not cut the excess on the end of the purse side after pinning.
- Use 1/2-inch seam allowance to sew around the pinned circle. Move the unpinned 1/2-inch end and sew the pinned edge until the stitches meet.
- Trim the excess at the end of the rectangle. Pin the short ends of the rectangle together. Sew the pinned edge to create the side seam of the purse.
- Trim the seam around the circle bottom and the side seam. Iron the side seam open. Coat the raw edges of the seams with liquid seam sealant.
- Turn the top edge of the bag, a 1/2-inch to the wrong side and iron, and next turn the folded edge to the wrong side, 1 1/8-inches and iron, and pin the fold, creating the casing. Sew the casing until reach the 1-inch of the top edge. Sew around the casing again to reach the top edge. Turn purse right side out.
- Insert the tip of a seam ripper into the purse side seam, and open the side seam in the casing.
- Cut a 36 inch long 1/4 inch wide cord, inset a large safety pin at one end of the cord, insert the safety pin through the opening in the seam. Wrap the cord around the casing and remove the end of the cord from the opening. Tie the cord ends together with your hand.