Victorian Purse Pillow

By  Denise Clason 

size: 12-1/2"x13-1/2"

  • Victorian Purse Pillow
  • Fig. 1
  • Fig. 2
  • Fig. 3
  • Fig. 4


  • 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

Pattern - Vintage Purse Pillow

  • 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.

    Fig. 1
  • 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).

    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).

    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.

    Fig. 4
  • 2. Stuff pillow. Hand sew opening closed.
  • Finishing Touches
  • 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.
  • Note
  • 1. Use a 1/4" seam allowance throughout. Tea dye fabrics that are too white, including quilt block.