Summer weather stirs my minimalist side. I find myself wanting what basically amounts to a roomy pocket, but I don't necessarily want to wear something with pockets, or deal with pocket-bulge.
I want a purse that I can wear hands-free, and that will (securely) hold my phone, a couple of cards and some cash, my chapstick, and a tampon. One that will also take care of a single key (or two, maximum), so that I can avoid carrying around my heavy keychain with a bunch of stuff I don't need.
This is it. It's a fairly simple project, but the goal isn't for the purse to be as simple as possible -- the goal is for the purse to make your life as a simple as possible while you're using it. That's why there are a few features I took the time to install, and which required a little extra hardware.
I made this purse in about 3 hours.
Step 1: Materials
For the pattern
Paper (I used my favorite pattern paper, a cut-up grocery bag)
A pen, a ruler, and an idea of what it's going to carry
For the purse
1/4 yard each of:
- an exterior fabric (choose something on the sturdy side; I recommend linen or cotton)
NB: you may need more than 1/4 yard if you use this fabric to make the strap as well. My exterior fabric is a 1.25 yd remnant.
- an interior fabric (I recommend cotton)
- heavy-weight fusible interfacing
an S-biner or something similar
some sew-on velcro
grosgrain ribbon (I bought 1/2 yard)