Peacock Purse

By  Kathleen Berlew 

size: stitch count: 60 w x 164 h; finished size: 6"x4"

  • Peacock Purse
  • Chart


  • DMC Charles Craft 14-Count Black Aida, 8”x15”
  • DMC 6-Strand Embroidery Floss
  • Black sewing thread
  • Lightweight blue lining fabric, 4-3/4”x12”
  • Snap fastener, 3/8”
  • Antique gold findings: jump rings, 5mm, two; chain, 18" length


  • Large-eye tapestry needle
  • Needle-nose pliers

Basic Supplies

  • embroidery needle, sewing needle, straight pins, iron and pressing surface

Stitch Types

Half cross-stitch: 3 strands
Straight stitch: 3 strands
Backstitch: 2 strands

  • 1. Cross-stitch design on right side of fabric over two threads using two strands of floss. Flip design and cross-stitch left side of fabric.
  • 2. Press finished embroidery face down on padded surface. Fold purse in half widthwise with right sides facing. Pin side edges together. Use sewing needle and black thread to sew purse sides together, stitching one square beyond embroidery. Stitch side seams from bottom fold to 1" above top edge of purse. Trim side edges and corners and turn right side out.
  • 3. Cut fifteen 6"-lengths of 996 Electric Blue-MD floss and fourteen 6"-lengths of 703 Chartreuse floss. Working with all six strands, thread tapestry needle with one piece of 996 Electric Blue-MD. Pass needle under center square at bottom fold of purse and bring end up. Pull one tail through, make tails even, and knot floss close to fabric. Repeat to create fringe across folded edge of purse, alternating floss colors and leaving one square between fringes.
  • 4. Trim top edge of fabric 1" above embroidered band. Fold raw edge to inside purse and press with iron. Fold lining fabric in half widthwise, right sides facing. Use sewing needle and double strand of 996 Electric Blue-MD floss to sew side edges together with 1/2" seam allowance. Trim raw edges and corners; do not turn lining. Fold top raw edge of lining 1/2" over to outside and press. Slip lining into bag and whipstitch in place with 996 Electric Blue-MD floss, sewing only through embroidered fabric.
  • 5. Sew jump rings to both inner seams using black thread so top edges of rings align with top edge of purse. Use needle-nose pliers to attach chain to purse.
  • Tip
  • 1. Front and back of purse are worked in one piece and folded over for assembly.