10th April 2015

Guest Tutorial: Floral Handbag By Debbie Shore

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We’ve loved the beautiful blooms of our spring free motion florals movement, but we’re not slowing down yet! We’ve got some great freehand flower tips in our first guest tutorial from the fantastic Debbie Shore. This cute, simple handbag is for a perfect afternoon sew along session!

Guest tutorial bag by Debbie Shore

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Embroidered bag by Debbie Shore

This stylish handbag would be perfect for an evening out or a special occasion, choose a fabric that will make a plain backdrop to beautiful thread colours.

Before cutting, I drew the curve of my handbag flap by drawing around a 12” plate. Pop some tear away stabiliser on the back of the fabric then draw your design with an erasable pen.Using the A2 Oekaki function, gradually embroider over your sketch lines, with the grass, start wide at the bottom then lift your foot to taper the top.

Draw the curve of your handbag flap, and decorate using the Oekaki function for freemotion

Choose one dark and one light colour for each element to give shadow to the design. Snip the jump threads as you go. When you’re happy with the design, cut the curve to make the flap, extending it by a couple of inches at the straight edge as you see in the photo.

draw the curve of your handbag flap, and decorate using the Oekaki function for freemotion

Tear away the stabiliser, and iron fusible fleece to the wrong side. Cut another shape the same, and add a magnetic fastener to the centre of the curve, 1.5” from the edge. Sew the two right sides together, leaving the top open for turning.

add an inside fabric and fusible fleece

Turn the right side out and press. Top stitch to neaten.

press and top stitch to finish your flap

For the bag, cut two pieces of fabric measuring 11” x 9”, and two from lining measuring the same. Iron fusible fleece to the back of the outer pieces.

Iron fusible fleece to your bag fabric

Measure 1.5” from each top side of the bag and draw a line to the bottom corners to taper. Cut away the excess fabric. Lay the flap over the top of the front piece and mark to where the second part of the magnetic clasp should go, then attach.

Attach the other half of your magnetic clasp

Place the flap embroidery side up on top of one piece of the lining. Lay the back of the bag right side down, and sew across the top.

Sew the lining, bag and flap together in one seam

Sew the top of the second piece of lining to the top of the front of the bag.

Attach the second piece of lining to the bag front

Sew the two sections right sides together, leaving a gap of about 4” in the bottom of the lining for turning.

Sew the lining sections and bag sections together

Sew the opening closed on your sewing machine, then press. Push the lining inside the bag and press around the top. For the strap, take a length of fabric measuring 20” x 4”, fold in half lengthways, then in half again.

Create a strap by folding a rectangle of fabric

Top stitch all the way round, finally sewing to either side of the top of the bag. Your bag is now complete!

The finished bag

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Made this? Let us know!

We’d love to see what you make with any of our guest tutorials. If you’ve sewn along with this Debbie Shore bag, feel free to email us a pic at social@oekakiworld.com – or get in contact on Facebook or Twitter! You can also check out our Sewing Ideas section for some more crafty content!

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Comments 1

  1. I haven’t tried the feature of sewing fine and thin satin stitch yet but this seems a nice and easy project to try it out on. I will send in a picture of the finished project.
    I use the Oekaki Renaissance as my main machine for sewing, repairing and quilting. I love it.

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