Make a Pleated Pouch Bag
by Carol Spier
An Online Extra to Threads #113
Cloth purses or bags are quick and fun to sew. Plus, a one-of-a-kind handmade bag is a treat to carry, and makes for a creative, thoughtful gift. With personal touches and a range of fabrics, you can sew a purse that's perfect for any style or occasion. We've gathered an assortment of small bags that celebrate the beauty of Chinese brocade, a luxe and colorful silk/rayon blend fabric. To make the bags—you can use any fabric you like—use the schematic diagrams and basic directions here.
To learn more about Chinese brocade, read "Exploring Chinese Silk-Faced Brocades" by Sarah Veblen in Threads #113.
|1. Make a sack to any proportion; the bag shown at left is 5 inches by 5 inches.||2. Box the bottom corners||.|
|3. Turn right side out. Pleat the top at the sides or in the middle; whipstitch to secure the pleats.||.|
|4. Hand-sew a flap to back of bag; add a small button loop closure...||...or stitch a “waistband” to top of bag; or cover seam with contrasting bias; then sew a long bias loop to inside of one pleat, a button to opposite outside.|
Get patterns and instructions for more chic purses:
Drawings: Carol Ruzicka