Tudor Rose Purse
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This pattern is rated difficult. While not requiring any particularly hard techniques, it is quite long and might be confusing for someone without sewing experience. This purse is based on the Tudor Rose design (as on the 20 pence piece, right). Even when made out of a casual material such as dusty denim, it still has a fairly formal appearance. The interior is divided into a zipper section and a section with magnetic snap. The straps have clips with can be set as an across-the-shoulder configuration or a tote bag configuration.
The instructions are divided into 5 pages:
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Putting It Together
- 2.25 yards outside fabric (45"). If using 60" fabric, 1.75 yards. Fabric should be a woven, medium weight. If a lightweight fabric is desired, interface all pieces with lightweight fusible interfacing. I always buy an extra 0.25 yard just to make sure I have enough.
- 0.75 yard thin batting. I used fusible polyester batting in my purse at it worked quite well.
- 0.5 yards interior material. Should be lightweight woven.
- One 9" zipper
- One magnetic purse snap. If you can't find a magnetic purse snap, velcro or a regular snap could be a substitute. See the links page for suggested sources.
- Two metal (or plastic) clasps. The hardware store is a good place to find these. Plastic ones can be found at camping stores. Again, see the links page.
- Two colors thread, one for the petals/body color, and one for the leaves.
- 1.0 yard seam binding or wide double-fold bias tape.
- Optional: One bead, split ring, and head pin for a zipper pull.
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