Reversible Handbag

Matching Dress

The Handbag
I made this as an easy alternative to buying a matching purse for each dress. I'm simply not that high maintenance. But I also don't want to put work into dresses, then make it look funny with an odd handbag.

  1. 1

    Step 1Step 1: Figure out the size you want the final bag to be. (I found 6 by 9 inches to be perfect hand size) 
    Add an inch to each. (So 7"x10" for mine)
  2. Step 22
    Step 2:
    Cut the excess from the paper.
  3. Step 33
    Step 3:
    Pin and cut 2 pieces from each material.
  4. Step 44
    Step 4:
    Measure an inch from the long edge and mark on each side. Measure to the center of the other long edge, then an inch in, and mark. Draw the lines as shown
  5. Step 55
    Step 5:
    Cut paper
  6. Step 66
    Step 6:
    Pin and cut 1 from each fabric
  7. Step 77
    You should have these
    2 of each rectangle
    1 of each triangle
  8. Step 88
    Step 7:
    Put Wrong sides together. Stitch 1/4" seam all the way around.
  9. Step 99
    Clip Tip. Turn right side out and Press.
  10. Step 1010
    Step 8:
    Put matching flap side on right side of matching fabric.
  11. Step 1111
    Step 9:
    Lay Opposite fabric right side down on top matching edges. Pin top edge.
  12. Step 1212
    Step 10:
    This was the tricky part.
    Lay the bag wrong sides down. Flap up.
    Lay the remaining fabrics right side down on matching sides. So for mine. Flowers on flowers, tan on tan. Pin all 3 sides, except flap edge for both sides.
  13. Step 1313
    Step 11:
    Sew all 3 edges with 1/4" seam, make sure not to catch any of the other fabric or seams.
  14. Step 1414
    Step 12:
    Clip corners, make sure not to clip seams.
  15. Step 1515
    Step 13:
    Turn fabric A side right side out.
  16. Step 1616
    Step 14:
    Turn fabric B into Fabric A. There will be 2 raw edges.
  17. Step 1717
    Step 15:
    Fold in 1/4" of fabric on each raw edge, pin and sew them together close to the edge.
  18. Step 1818
    Like So.
  19. Step 1919
    It should look like this....
  20. Step 2020
    ....and this when turned inside out.
  21. Step 2121
    Final steps:
    add a button hole and a button on each side. TADA