Pretty Purse Ensemble

Materials

  • Fabric
  • Fabric scraps cut into 1” to 1-1/2”-wide strips
  • Paper pad, 3-1/2”x5-1/4”
  • Hook-and-loop tape, 1”
  • Snap closure
  • Buttons

Tools

  • Timtex
  • Mistyfuse fusible web
  • Silicon-coated baking parchment, Goddess Sheet or Teflon coated pressing sheet
  • Sewing machine and matching thread

Directions

Checkbook Cover

  • 1. Cut 1” to 1-1/2”-wide strips to 7” lengths. (Note: Strips are cut slightly longer than width of Timtex for easier assembly.)
  • 2. Cut 6-1/2”x14” rectangle from Timtex and follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse a layer of fusible web to one side. Arrange fabric strips on Timtex as desired, then iron to fuse them in place by covering with piece of parchment and pressing. Trim excess fabric from edges.
  • 3. Machine sew zigzag or other decorative stitches along raw edges of strips. Turn piece over and fuse a layer of fusible web to opposite side and apply lining fabric. Machine sew zigzag stitches along top and bottom edge of piece. Fold each end up 3” toward inside and press firmly.
  • 4. For pen pocket, cut 2”x9” rectangle from fabric; fold in half and press. Place pocket on front flap of checkbook holder on right edge matching raw edges. Open flap and sew pocket in place along two long edges. Put flap back in place and machine sew zigzag stitches along side edges. Fold checkbook in half wrong sides together, press well and insert checkbook and pen.

Business/Credit Card Holder

  • 1. Cut 4-1/2”x7” rectangle from Timtex. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse a layer of fusible web to one side of rectangle. Place fabric scrap strips on top of fusible web, overlapping strips slightly to ensure Timtex is completely covered. Cover with parchment paper and press with iron to fuse in place. Trim excess fabric from edges.
  • 2. Machine sew zigzag or other decorative stitches along raw edges of strips.
  • 3. Fuse lining to opposite side of Timtex. Determine which short ends will be the flap end. From opposite end (bottom), measure up 5” and mark a line, preferably with chalk or disappearing ink pen. Remaining 2” above this line is flap. Do not go below this line when cutting curved, wavy or pointed flap.
  • 4. Machine sew zigzag stitches along bottom edge only. Fold bottom edge up 2-1/2” with wrong sides together. Bottom edge should be aligned with 5” marked line. Press.
  • 5. Starting at one bottom corner, zigzag sew up one side, around curve of flap and back down opposite side. Fold flap in place and press case well with hot iron. Sew snap closure or decorative button to outside flap. Quick Tip: Other options for closures include: hook-and-look tape; magnetic or sew-in snaps; ribbon wrap.

Eyeglass Case

  • 1. Cut 4”x13” rectangle from Timtex. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse a layer of fusible web to one side of rectangle. (Note: Not all eyeglasses are the same size. Adjust case side as needed for a proper fit.)
  • 2. Lay strips of fabric on top of fusible web, overlapping strips slightly to ensure Timtex is completely covered. Cover with parchment paper and press with iron to fuse in place. Trim excess fabric from edges.
  • 3. Machine sew zigzag or other decorative stitches along raw edges of strips. Apply fusible web to opposite side of Timtex. Cut a 4-1/2” to 5”-long piece from elastic cord, fold in half and place cut ends on Timtex on top of Mistyfuse approximately 1/2” in from edge. Place lining fabric on top, cover with parchment and press with iron to fuse everything in place. (Note: Do not apply too much heat to elastic cord.)
  • 4. Straight stitch over cord several times approximately 1/8” from edge of fabric to secure. Add zigzag stitching on two short ends for a finished edge.
  • 5. Add second part of closure by sewing a button 1/2” from short edge on opposite end from elastic cord.
  • 6. Fold unit in half, lining sides together. Use wide zigzag stitch to dew down two sides to finish.

Mini Wrapfolio

  • 1. Cut 6”x10” rectangle from Timtex. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse a layer of fusible web to one side of rectangle.
  • 2. Arrange fabric strips on Timtex as desired, then cover with parchment paper and press with iron to fuse in place. Trim excess fabric from edges.
  • 3. Machine sew zigzag or other decorative stitches along raw edges of strips. Fuse lining fabric to opposite side of Timtex.
  • 4. Sew one piece of hook-and-loop tape to right edge front, 1/2” from edge. Sew remaining hook-and-loop piece to inside along left edge, 1/2” from edge.
  • 5. For pocket, cut 8”x8” square from fabric and fold in half wrong sides together. Fold in half again to make a 4” square and press to create a fold line down center. Place pocket on inside of wrapfolio by aligning left and bottom raw edges. Inside piece of hook-and-loop tape should be on right side. Sew along fold line you make and along right raw edge of pocket to secure.
  • 6. Zigzag stitch around outer edges of folio catching left raw edge of inside pocket as you sew. Fold folio and press well. Insert a pad of paper inside pocket, and add a decorative button or embellishment to outside flap.
by Sue Bleiweis
Pretty Purse Enssemble
Pretty Purse Enssemble