Victorian Purse Pillow
- Unfinished antique or new quilt block, 8-1/2” square
- Coordinating Fat Quarters to match block, three
- Muslin (backing and pillow), 3/4 yd.
- Lightweight polyester lace, 6”-wide, 2 yds.
- Double-edge lace (strap), 1 yd.
- Flat lace (purse flap), 1/4”, 1/2 yd.
- Satin ribbon (Offray): 7/8”, 1 yd. (strap); 1/4”, 2/3 yd. (swivel hooks).
- Brass Romantic Clasp (JHB International). Assorted buttons (antique or purchased), 16
- Brass swivel rings (Clover), two
- Tea (for dyeing)
- Warm & White batting (The Warm Co.), 1/2 yd.
- Soft Stuff 100% polyester fiberfill (The Warm Co.)
- Dual Duty XP All-Purpose Thread to match (Coats & Clark)
- Quilting thread to match outer fabriccolors
- Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive (BeaconAdhesives)
- Charcoal Chalk Pencils (General Pencil): White; Gray
- Plastic ruler, 1/4”
- Fray Check (Prym-Dritz)
- 80/12 Universal Machine Needles (Schmetz)
- Handquilting needle, size 10
- Rotary cutting tool and mat
- 1/4” quilting foot
- Darning foot
- Sewing machine
- Straight pins
- Iron and pressing board
Make Front and Back Purse Panels
- 1. For purse front, cut two 6-1/2”x9-1/2” rectangles from two coordinating fabrics.
- 2. Print out pattern. Cut back panels from pattern from one print. (Note: Make sure they are reversed and not cut in same direction.)
- 3. Sew front panels along 9-1/2” side, right sides together. Press.
- 4. Sew two back panels together, just to 1/4” mark at top of “v” (Fig. 1). Backstitch at each end. Press seams open.
- 5. Sew one side of 8-1/2” quilt block to right side of back panel, with right sides together. Backstitch at each end. Stop just to 1/4” mark at both ends as shown (Fig. 2).
- 6. Turn “block” just slightly to sew other side of block to left side of back, backstitching at each end. Press. Trim sides to make straight.
Quilt the Front
- 1. Cut a piece of muslin and batting to same size as front and back purse pieces. Set “back” pieces aside.
- 2. Layer in this order: muslin; batting (spray with KK2000); front panel (facing up).
- 3. With hand quilting needle, hand quilt front and back of purse or machine quilt using a darning foot for meandering or a walking foot for straight stitching. Straighten edges.
- 4. Serge or zigzag top edge of front panel. Turn inside 1/4” and sew down for “hem.”
Sew and Quilt the Back
- 1. Lay the muslin right sides together to the back. Lay the batting to the wrong side of the back piece. Pin to secure pieces.
- 2. Sew along the two diagonal front flap pieces and backstitch at each end. Clip the corner fabric away, as shown (Fig. 3).
- 3. Turn the muslin to the inside of purse and press. Pin the muslin backing, batting and back piece together and quilt as desired.
- 4. Hand sew narrow flat lace to edge of flat.
Add the Buttons
- 1. Sew a variety of antique and purchased buttons to front of purse corner, using photo as guide.
Add the Lace Ruffle
- 1. Hem the two raw edges of the wide flat lace. Gather the 6” lace to fit around the three sides of the purse front.
- 2. Sew right sides together to the front. Pin all lace to inside of front panel, to keep away from the seam when sewing back piece on.
- 3. Sew front panel to back panel with right sides together, backstitching at each end. Zigzag edges, trim corners and turn right side out.
Make the Pillow
- 1. Cut two pieces of muslin to 10”x12”. Sew together on four sides, leaving a small opening, as shown (Fig. 4). Clip corners and turn right side out.
- 2. Stuff pillow. Hand sew opening closed.
- 1. Sew latch onto front, use pins to mark where to sew them.
- 2. For strap, glue satin ribbon onto back of double-edge lace. Squeeze out only 6” of the glue at a time to avoid any mess. Use end of metal pair of scissors to press down to dry. (Note: Use area to glue on so glue will not stick, such as a tile.) Dot fabric glue on corners of ribbon handle. Fold up corners to make a “point” and press with metal tip of scissors to hold until dry. Repeat on other end. Use Fray Check for ends.
- 3. For swivel hooks, sew a folded piece (or loop) of 1/4”x3” ribbon to inside of each side seam of purse. Secure ends with Fray Check.
- 4. Slip a piece of 1/4”x3” ribbon onto ends of swivel hooks. Sew ribbon to swivel hooks to ends of strap. Attach swivel hooks to loops on purse.
- 1. Use a 1/4” seam allowance throughout. Tea dye fabrics that are too white, including quilt block.