It is simple to make purses with upholstery fabric. What’s more, you can use upholstery purses for many years.
1. Sew the Bag’s Body
- Cut an 11 inch wide and 24 inch long upholstery fabric.
- Fold the fabric to make the right side (the side of the fabric you want to show) is on the inside. Stitch long the sides, about 3/8 inches from the edge, creating a pouch.
- Cut a 10 inch wide, 23 1/2 inch long lining fabric and repeat step 2 to create a purse lining.
- Place the two wallets and their right side together and tuck the upholstery fabric inside the liner fabric. Position the two pouches, aligning the seams.
2. Sew Strap
- Cut a 4 inch wide, 24 inch long interior fabric strap.
- Fold the handle fabric lengthwise, keeping right sides together, to form a 2-inch strip.
- Stitch along the unfinished edge as close as possible to the edge.
- Carefully trim the edges to remove any extra fabric.
- Turn the strip right-side out.
- Attach the strap to the purse.
3. Finish the Purse
- Flatten the purse pouch to get four seams.
- Tuck the end of the strap between the outer and liner fabric pouches, along the vertical seam, hiding at least 3/4 inch of strap material. Strip the strap at least 1/2 inch below the top edge of the pouch.
- Flip the purse over, and then repeat step 2 with the other end of the strap.
- Fold the top 3/8 inch of the upholstery and lining fabric inward, all around the top of the pouch, hiding all raw edges.
- Pin edges into place.
- Sew all around the top edge of the pouch.
- If desired, sew a double seam.
- You can choose from a list of standard sizes, or define a custom size.
- It is recommended to use heavy-duty thread and fabric, and over-sew the seams.
- Do not use upholstery fabric with a rubber- or plastic-coated backing.