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Driving past the St. Louis Arch one day, I noticed how much it resembles a purse handle. I was on the way to the airport with my husband and children to spend Christmas with family back east. While ...

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Tower Grove Park - Cross Body Hipster -

from Hold it Right There
(9) Name: 'Sewing : Tower Grove Park - Cross Body Hipster -
Tower Grove Park - Cross Body Hipster - Concealed Zipper Closure
Tower Grove Park - Cross Body Hipster - Many Pockets
Tower Grove Park - Cross Body Hipster - Versatile Cross Body Bag
Tower Grove Park - Cross Body Hipster - Detailed instructions
Tower Grove Park - Cross Body Hipster - Adjustable Strap

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Experience sewing zippers

Pattern Description:

Create a cross body bag to suit your lifestyle and personal tastes.

This listing is for one PDF e-pattern and instructions to create the Tower Grove Park Cross Body Hipster Purse. Over 30 pages of instructions are detailed, tutorial-style and contain full-color photos. Includes patterns for both fabric and interfacing pieces. Dimensions are provided for sewists who prefer to use a rotary cutter with cutting math.

Versatile and pretty, the Tower Grove Park holds everything you need...and then some! It features large front and back pockets, a flush zipper pocket, and an interior pocket. The strap adjusts to the length you need. A concealed top zipper, beaded zipper pulls, and optional knife pleated trim make your purse one-of-a-kind.

10 " height
9" width

A dear friend of mine once described her ideal purse to carry along on her daily walks in Tower Grove Park: a pocket for her iPod, cross body strap to keep her hands free, a spot to easily access her keys and phone. In this design, bearing these essentials in mind, I sought to blend beauty and function, loveliness with lifestyle.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 10 " height x 9" width


  • EXTERIOR FABRIC: 2/3 yard 44" wide preshrunk quilt weight cotton (this will be the fabric on the Exterior Pockets and contrast pieces throughout the purse) LINING FABRIC: 1 yard 44" wide preshrunk quilt weight cotton (this will be the fabric for the background of the outside of the purse, as well as the lining on the interior, and used throughout the purse) (Optional) KNIFE PLEATED TRIM 1/8 yard 44" wide preshrunk quilt weight cotton or 1 yard of purchased trim INTERFACING: 1 2/3 yard of Dcor Bond Pellon 808 (or other similar heavy fusible interfacing) PURSE STRAP HARDWARE: Available at fabric stores and online at pursesupplydepot.com 1" Rectangular Ring 1" Slide

You Will Also Need:

  • Thread, Sewing Scissors, 1 (7") zipper for flush pocket, 1 (9") zipper for top closure of purse, Scissors suitable for cutting paper, Glue Stick, Washable Fabric Marker, Ruler, Seam Ripper, Post-it Note (for creating Knife Pleated Trim without Ruffler Foot). Walking Foot attachment (strongly recommended), (optional) Zipper Foot attachment, (optional) Ruffler Foot attachment, FOR BEADED ZIPPER PULLS: Beads 2 Lobster Clasps (be sure they are large enough to attach to the zippers), 2 (2" to 3") Head Pins, Wire Cutters, Round Nose Pliers, Flat Nose Pliers

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