Picture of Large Reversible Over the Shoulder Bag
Hi guys! It's that time, another instructable! This time, I decided to try out a large over the shoulder purse. It's a simple bag to make and can easily carry any and everything you need! 

Let's get started!
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1: Pick Your Fabric!

Picture of Pick Your Fabric!
All cut out.png
For the fabric, you can use anything you choose, the different types are completely up to you. For this specific purse, I'll just be using the same fabric alternating the 'right' and 'wrong' sides of the fabric for a fun effect! Even though it is reversible, I wanted to keep the same colors.

Gather your fabric and measure out about how large you want your bag to be.  I chose to do it as 14x30 in size (if doing in alternating patterns/colors, you will need to cut a total of 4 pieces - 2 for lining and 2 for outside)! Cut your fabric accordingly.

I flipped the fabric over so that half of my purse is pink and the other is green. Sew together. This creates the 'center' of the purse! (Do so with each set of pieces)

For the braided effect on the handle I cut out 3 long strips about 4 inches wide and 60 in length. Set aside. 

*Note that you'll be doing each step twice for the inside and outside of the purse!*

Step 2: Basic Shape

Picture of Basic Shape
Once stitched together, press the seams open (on both lining and shell pieces).

Fold fabric in half, your purse should now start to be taking some shape :-)
Pin and sew side seams together.

Step 3: Boxing the Corners

Picture of Boxing the Corners
create bottom shape open seam.png
stitch across.png
To add a little depth and 'shape' to the bottom of the purse, it's now time to box the edges...

Take the bottom corner of the bag and open it up opposite of how you just stitched the edges. You'll be creating a triangular 'roof' shape. You can either press open the seams or not, I liked them open. Pin.
Measure down about 2 inches and mark a line for reference. Stitch across this line. Backstitching is a good idea ;-)
Remove pins. (Do this to the other 3 corners). 

It should look like this...
lpobiak (author) 3 years ago
Thank you!! I'm still learning but I'm excited about getting better along the way!
sunshiine3 years ago
Such a cute bag! I like the colors. Have a splendorous day!
lpobiak (author) 3 years ago
Thanks so much ladies! :-D
I love the design, and the handle is beautiful!
Great tutorial. I love the handle!