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Happy Birthday To Me!

I saw this purse on the Forever21 website and decided that I could do that. So without going to the store to purchase a single thing I made this as my birthday gift to myself.

Important Note :

In hindsight I kind of wish I had used an interfacing when making this. The canvas holds its shape fairly well on its own but interfacing would have really helped. If you aren't going to use canvas I strongly suggest you use interfacing on yours.




  1. Step 1 1

    First you're going to want to make your pattern. I traced a circle that was approx the size I wanted my purse to be and used that as my foundation. I wont lie to you- making the pattern is the uphill part of this project once you finish that its easy.

  2. Step 2 2

    To discover how long you'll need your side pannel to be, mark a spot on your circle and roll your circle up a long piece of paper. Once you reach that same spot again mark another knotch. Cut out that piece with a 3.5 inch width.

  3. Step 3 3

    Place your zipper on the piece you just cut out and cut off at that point.

  4. Step 4 4

    Take the piece that you cut to the size of your zipper and make another pattern piece that same size but an inch wider. So it should be 4.5 inches wide by however long your zipper is. Note: my zipper was 9 inches long.

  5. Step 5 5

    Fold that piece in half and cut directly down the center. Note you'll only need one piece of this.

  6. Step 6 6

    So if there is any confusion at what you will have for pattern pieces here they are:

  7. Step 7 7

    Whew! Whipe the sweat from your brow because the hard part is so over. Everything should move pretty fast from this point on.

  8. Step 8 8

    First decide which piece is going to be your front piece and attatch your applique to the center of that.

  9. Step 9 9

    Next you're going to take your two pieces for your zipper. There are tons of ways to sew a zipper on and it seems everyone has their own way of doing it. What I did to make this super easy was sew my two pieces together using a basting stitch. I then ironed my seams open and placed my zipper on top of the seams. I sewed it down and seam ripped the the seam open so my zipper was revealed. This was way fast and super easy. (if you're at all confused by this I recommend checking out the whitney sews video for her t-shirt dress as she uses the same technique in that video)

  10. Step 10 10

    Next take your long piece and pin and sew the right ends together to your zipper piece. I also recommend you press open your seams and sew those down.

  11. Step 11 11

    Your piece should look something more or less like this.

  12. Step 12 12

    Next pin and sew the front piece of your circle to the side pannel.

    Right sides should be together- wrong sides should be facing out.

  13. Step 13 13

    Next open up your zipper and pin and sew the second side to your purse. Note: everything should be inside out while you are doing this. Right sides all should face together.

  14. Step 14 14

    Because I'm not using a serger and I really didn't want the inside of my purse to be like the inside of the pumpkin I went back over my seams with a zig-zag stitch to help prevent fraying.

  15. Step 15 15

    Turn your purse right side out and on either side of your zipper sew your chain for straps.

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And you're done!

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