Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

You’re almost there! We’ll finish the purse today and you can finally see what you created over these past six blog posts. This post will focus on the finishing details, such as the handles and straps.

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This type of handle is usually used to leather goods that don’t fray, so creating the same look in a woven fabric takes a little bit of hand stitching, but the finished look is worth it.

Fold one handle-end upper edge 1/2” toward the wrong side; press. Mark a 1/4” seam allowance on the side and lower edges.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!With right sides together, position one handle end over one handle short edge; pin. Stitch using a 1/4” seam allowance and pivoting at each corner. Repeat to stitch the remaining handle end to the opposite handle short edge.

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Trim the seam allowance to 1/8” and trim the corners.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!Turn the handle end right side out using a chopstick

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Press flat. Topstitch the handle end 1/16” from the perimeter.

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Press each handle long edge 1/2” toward the wrong side. Center one cording length over the handle wrong side, aligning the end with the handle-end folded edge.

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Fold the handle in half lengthwise, enclosing the cording within handle and aligning the folded long edges; pin. Whipstitch to secure the handle long edges.

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Repeat to construct the remaining handle.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!Insert one handle end into one D-ring on the bag front and fold TK” with wrong sides together; pin. Hand baste 1/2” from the short end.

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Topstitch 3/4” from the fold.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!Repeat to stitch the opposite handle end into the opposite bag front D-ring, making sure the handle isn’t twisted.

Fold the strap in half lengthwise with right sides together; pin. Stitch the strap short end and long edge using a 1/4” seam allowance. Trim the seam allowance to 1/8”. Turn the strap right side out using a long dowel.

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Trim the stitched short edge 1/2” from the end. Fold each strap short end 1/4” toward the wrong side; press. Press the strap flat. Topstitch the strap perimeter.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

Insert one strap end into a swivel clasp and fold the strap end 1”; pin. Topstitch 1/8” from the short end. Repeat to attach the opposite strap short end to the remaining clasp, making sure the strap isn’t twisted.

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Attach the clasps to the strap D-rings.

For an additional embellishment, create a quick and easy zipper fob with your monogram for the front pocket. You’ll need a 1/2” swivel clasp, 2 1/2”x6 1/2” scrap of leather or faux leather, mediumweight tear-away stabilizer and embroidery design letters 1/4” tall.

Hoop three layers of tear-away stabilizer. Center the leather scrap right side up over the stabilizer; secure the perimeter with painter’s tape.

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Open your initials on the embroidery machine screen. Rotate each letter 90º and position the surname letter near the screen lower edge center. Position your first-name letter over the first, making sure they are properly aligned.

Thread the machine needle with 40wt. embroidery thread and the bobbin with matching bobbin thread. I used thread that matches the color of the leather. I think it gives it a subtle, yet sophisticated look. Place the hoop onto the machine. Embroider the design.

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Remove the hoop from the machine and stabilizer from the hoop. Trim any jump threads. Carefully tear away the stabilizer from the design perimeter. Trim the leather using the zipper fob pattern. Insert one fob short end through the swivel clasp and align the short ends. Topstitch the fob near the swivel claps bar. Attach the clasp to the pocket zipper.

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To make a zipper pull for the purse zipper, cut a 1”x5” strip of leather or faux leather using the template. Topstitch the leather 1/8” from the folded short end. Open the ring slightly, and then insert the ring through the folded short end.

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Insert one ring open end through the purse zipper, and then squeeze the ring to close. Move the leather to cover the ring opening.

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We’re finished! We’ve created a designer-inspired purse with a geometric embroidered panel and cool gold hardware.  Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

SOURCE

Big Duck Canvas Warehouse provided the 15-ounce navy blue duck fabric: (800) 704-6138, bigduckcanvas.com.

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14 Responses to Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

  1. Lynn Johnson says:

    Enjoying the Mystery Sew Along!
    I still don’t see the last 3 free embroidery designs. Did I miss them?

  2. Stephanie Burroughs says:

    Great sew along idea! Learned tons–thanks

  3. ann santistevan says:

    I agree with Stephanie. I learned some great construction skills and have a daughter and sister waiting in the wings for me to make one for them.

  4. Yvonne Apodaca says:

    That was fun! Enjoying my new purse. Hope to see more sew alongs in the future. Thanks.

  5. Jane Giesbrecht says:

    Hi I started this purse and then didnt have time to finish it thinking i could get the instructions later. Now I wondered if the full instructions were available or is it too late?Please let me know Thank-you!

  6. Edie says:

    Really enjoyed the process. Hope you will be doing another one.

  7. Kristie says:

    Just finished my purse today! Loved the project, I truly hope that you have more of these.

  8. Kristie says:

    Truly enjoyed the project. Hope you have another one in the works.

  9. Jackie Burck says:

    Purse finished. How do we submit pictures?

  10. Jill says:

    You could post on Facebook or you can email it to me at jillccg@gmail.com. Or at info@cmemag.com.

  11. Jackie Burck says:

    I tried to post on Facebook but could not. Emailed it

  12. Kristie says:

    Did I miss the additional 3 free designs? I have been watching for them, but haven’t seen them. Thank you.

  13. Lynne Vann says:

    I just saw this sew along looking for another blog in this group!! I’d LOVE to have the instructions for this purse!! Have been looking for one to make that is t totally “tote bag” looking!!! Is that possible???

  14. Jill,
    Is there a way to access the lessons for the purse In the Navy Bag? I have the magazine and made the purse but I would love to see the lessons that you posted.
    Can you help me . I have a subscription to the magazine.

    thanks,
    Pat

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