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Sew Simple Purse

Try an easy purse project. Sew a trendy bag using fabric from the Sunshine & Shadow collection by Jane Sassaman for FreeSpirit and handles by Purse n-alize-it!, which are available at Jo-Ann Stores.


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Finish Bag

1. Turn bag wrong side out. Fold 1-5/8" of a bag top edge over lower bar of handle toward lining (Diagram 5), allowing enough ease for handle to move freely and for the gathers to be distributed across bar. Hand-baste bag edge to lining. Attach zipper foot to your sewing machine. (The zipper foot enables you to sew close to handle.) Stitch through all layers, 1/4" from bag edge, moving gathers along handle as you sew (see Editor's Tip, next page). If desired, omit machine stitching and hand-stitch bag edge to lining.

2. Repeat Step 1 with remaining handle and remaining bag edge to complete bag.