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I began sewing as a child - my mother did tailoring and alterations. In 2004, I began designing, making, and selling purses at arts festivals - I named my business Ms. Elaineous. In 2009, I opened ...

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The Pocket Pouch Purse Insert

from Ms. Elaineous
(9) Name: 'Sewing : The Pocket Pouch Purse Insert
The Pocket Pouch Purse Insert
The Pocket Pouch Purse Insert
The Pocket Pouch Purse Insert
The Pocket Pouch Purse Insert
The Pocket Pouch Purse Insert

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • sew a consistent 1/4" seam
  • use a walking foot
  • add extra wide double fold bias tape
  • Use a rotary cutter and ruler

Pattern Description:

Looking for a fun project that can be completed in an evening? This purse insert can double as a toiletries bag or travel bag that stows away all your essentials! It's sturdy and stands on its own.

It has two zippered pockets, two outside pockets, and two mesh pockets that are sewn together to make a large center pocket. Feel free to add more's easy to do!

Directions include cutting/layout guide and seven pages of instructions that include photographs. I also provide tips and suggestions to make this project something a confident beginner can tackle.

There are cutting directions for making your own double fold binding or you can use a package of store-bought binding. If you've never made or attached binding, I've included a FREE tutorial (ZIP file) on how to make binding and how to insert binding. It's not difficult to do and it adds a nice touch!

The snaps are optional, but the keep the contents of the middle section secure. I love my SnapSetter Tool - works much better than pliers!

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 6 1/2" x 4 1/4" x 11"


  • cotton quilting weight fabric
  • fusible fleece
  • mesh (pop up hamper)
  • bias tape - extra wide double fold
  • 12" to 14" zippers
  • size 16 snaps

You Will Also Need:

  • 100/16 jeans needle (or similari)
  • SnapSetter Tool
  • Free Tutorial: How to Make Double Fold Bias Tape
  • Free Tutorial: How to Add Double Fold Bias Tape

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