Debbie Shore's Sewing Room Secrets
Making a template
Fitting a metal frame
Snipping into curves
Use a 5mm (¼ in) seam allowance
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Sew the bottom of the two outer pieces right sides together, then repeat with the lining pieces to and from the same markings. This time leave a turning gap in the base. Clip into any curved seams in the base of the purse pieces, but avoid clipping into the top that fits inside the purse frame. The extra bulk is helpful to hold the fabric inside the frame.
Fold the top of each side of the purse in half and mark the centre point. For a sew-in frame, push a needle and knotted thread through this point, then take the needle through the middle hole of one side of the frame. This way you can ensure the purse will sit centrally in the frame. Sew through every other hole, picking up the edge of the purse as you sew. When you reach the hinge, go back through the holes to create a ‘backstitch’ effect. Repeat across the second side of the frame, then on the opposite side. If you have trouble tying off the thread neatly, cut the thread to about 12mm (½ in) in length, tuck it inside the frame and add a spot of wet glue to secure.
For a glue-in frame, drizzle a little strong, wet glue into one side of the frame. Leave it for a minute or so to set slightly then, using tweezers, carefully push the fabric into the frame, starting in the centre. You should have a bit of ‘wiggle time’ before the glue dries. Leave one side to dry completely before moving onto the second side.