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Belted Handbag


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"Dale" is a medium sized purse pattern with 2 inside pockets and designed to feature a belt, scarf or tie from Amy Cavaness Designs. This medium sized purse is fully lined and has 2 inside pockets: a patch pocket and a zippered pocket. The straps form belt loops on the bag, through which you may run a belt, a scarf, or some other fabric tie. I designed the purse straps to be the perfect length so the bag "tucks in" at my waist and the straps don't fall off my shoulders. This pattern originated with my drawer full of pretty belts that fit before, well, 4 babies and many years changed my waistline! I thought how fun it would be to have a bag that could wear my belts for me. A 25? belt fits perfectly as-is, but I alter other belts to fit. This purse can be made in 2 styles: Rounded bottom and Squared bottom Both styles are included in the pattern and directions. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY This pattern is best suited for an experienced beginner or intermediate sewer. There is nothing too complicated, but it's not just a flat square, either! SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 11" X 20" X 2"

Recommended with this pattern

  • 5/8 yd fabric for outer bag and straps (denim, bottom weight, corduroy, wool or vintage barkcloth), 1/2 yd cotton or fabric of choice for lining,
  • thread, 4" or 5" zipper, medium to heavy interfacing to stabilize purse sides, piece of ultra-stiff plastic canvas for squared-bottom bag

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Amy Cavaness Designs
Amy Cavaness Designs
I'm a designer and textile artist. My work has been featured in Stampington Press magazines. I designed many purses for a custom handbag store and sold one-of-a-kind bags, clothing and accessories at shows for years. I especially love working with vintage textiles---creating accessories or embellishing denim and other upcycled materials. I love the challenge of re-designing and re-using materials, rather than buying new whenever possible! Another aspect of my business is creating pictures/wall-hangings with fabric and creating unique memory quilts from clothing. These art quilts and memory quilts can be seen on my website,