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


2 D-rings
an S-biner or something similar
some sew-on velcro
grosgrain ribbon (I bought 1/2 yard)
Very cute design! Just what you need, and I love that fabric, fun and colorful :D
<p>Too cute.</p>
Very pretty!
Will have to show this to my daughter, her favourite minimalist purse wore out, and she hasn't been able to find anything she really likes. This might be what she is looking for!
Pretty cool

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