Mystery Purse Day 6

It’s the last day!!!
I can’t believe it is finally here.
By the end of this post, the mystery will be over.
oy! The pressure! What if you hate it, and hunt me down, and beat me up with it.
That would NOT be good.
have I ever mentioned that I have anxiety?
uhhh…carry on!
Step 1- Attaching other side of snap. Take snap flap and center it about 2-3″ from top of bag. Snap side down.

Step 2- Lift flap and lay washer where other snap will go. Mark cutting lines in washer. Cut through both layers of front pocket.


Step 3- Push snap tabs through front of pocket. Put washer over tabs, and fold tabs to the sides.

Step 4- Snap is DONE!!! Whew-Hew!!


Step 5- Pinning Straps onto bag. On the front of your bag, measure 1 and 1/2″ from edges of front pocket. Pin the strap in place. If you didn’t use D-rings pin the end of the strap to the bag.

Don’t get confused here. You are pinning opposite ends of the same strap to the sides of front pocket.

(in the picture below it looks like I pinned them different distances….it’s a trick. They are both 1 and 1/2″ from pocket edge) Step 6- Flip your bag over to the back side. Center your snap flap with the snap facing up, and pin into place.

Step 7- Pin other strap into place by lining it up with strap ends on other side of your bag. Pin those into place.


Step 8-***Optional*** Stitch around the top of your bag, at 1/2″, to hold everything in place. Then you can take out all of the pins.

Step 9- Lining the bag. Put your the outside of your bag (right side out) into your lining (right side in).

Step 10- Make sure that your inside pocket is in the back, and the blank lining piece is in the front.


Step 11- leave an opening, about 6″, on one of the ends of the bag. Then stitch around the top of the bags at 1/2″. leaving the opening open.

***Tips for sewing through layers:
When you come to a thick part go very slowly. If it is VERY thick, then sew right to the edge of the thickness, lift your presser foot and take one or two stitches rotating the wheel by hand. Lower your foot, and sew very slowly. I usually break at least 1 needle because I’m not paying attention, and I go too fast.

(My pictures might get confusing here because I lined the outside of this bag with fusible fleece. )

Step 12- Birth your bag. Pull your bag, and lining out through the hole that you left.

Just keep working it out until the whole thing is right side out!

Step 13- Tuck the bag lining into the bag. Keep working it around until it looks like a bag above the!

Step 14- Iron the heck out of the bag!! Roll the lining of the bag up about 1/4″ above the seam, and press it. (see pic below) You will be able to see the lining peaking above the top of the bag.

Step 15- Press opening edges so that they match up with the top edge of the bag. Pin it closed.

Step 16- Top stitch around the top of the bag right below seam line. Stitch the opening closed.

Give her one more good pressing!

And then

say “Hi” to your new

“Summer Adventures Bag!!! “

Isn’t she sweet?

She even looks good in snow!!
Now, go stuff her full of all of your sunshine necessities….

and PLAY!!

ps. don’t forget to post your pics on the Gracie Lou’s Flickr group!!

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16 thoughts on “Mystery Purse Day 6

  1. What a wonderful bag! I love it! I’ll have my picture posted early next week. I’ll be away all weekend. Thank you so much for the excellent tutorial and pattern. That was very generous of you…I’ve met the nicest people through Mindy! I still can’t get over how much you’re able to accomplish and be a great mom at the same time…!

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  2. My bag is done!!! And it is SOOO good lookin’ =) I will post a picture on Flickr later today. Thanks so much for your all your hard work, it was so much fun!!! It was nice to work a little each day, I hardly ever do that. I usually crank things out in a hurry. I’ve realized I need to slow down a little. Thanks again!!

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  3. Ohh super cute bag! My dad is on his way to Liberia in a couple of weeks. Although he is retired he is still working on assignments and ideas with LDS Charities. How long ago did your parents serve? My dad has worked with missionaries and Africa for many many years! Liberia is a crazy place in this world. I am sure your parents have many stories! What a fun connection!

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  4. I have been a wimp!!I can now start cutting now that I know what it looks like!I hope to get it done this week end!!I think the fabrics I chose will look great with this pattern.I am so exited now!!

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  5. I just finished and I love it! Now I need to find an excuse to go out and show it off. I guess showing it off is probably excuse enough. Thanks for doing this. I hope you will do another one sometime. I will get my picture posted on flickr soon.

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  6. I’ve been following along. Great bag! Great tutorial. Thank you. I have to get ink for the printer and that’s expensive. I can’t wait to print and make this one.

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  7. I’m back from St george and wanted to thank you for a fun sew along. I was excited to get up every morning and go Lets do another one really soon.to your blog and find out what was next.Thanks JJ

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  8. Sorry that didn’t make any sense. I’ll try again.I’m back from St george and wanted to thank you for a fun sew along. I was excited to get up every morning and go to your blog and find out what was next. Lets do another one really soon.Thanks JJ

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