What a cute project for the little lady in your life! Next time she and her friends play dress up, here’s a great idea to add something special to playtime. Choose a fabric pattern in her favorite Disney princess or go with some fun florals to make the purse extra special. She’s guaranteed to love it and you’ll love making her smile.
Head down to your local craft store for these materials:
- 1/3 yard of character-patterned toss felt
- Four (4) sheets of solid color felt (any color)
- ½ yard of ribbon measuring 1” wide
- Basic sewing supplies
- One (1) package pony beads
- Velcro dots
- One (1) button
*Leave ¼” seam allowance
*For ease of pattern completion, each solid color felt sheet will be noted as Color A, B, C, or D.
*Tack = sew in place
Cut the following shapes from the fabric:
- Purse Body: 1 oval piece each from character felt and solid felt A that measures 9” x 11 ½”
- Board: 1 square piece from solid felt B that measures 6”
- Blocks: 4 pieces from solid felt C that measure ½” x 6”
- Flap: 1 piece from solid felt A that measures 2” x 4”
- Pockets: 2 chord (half oval) pieces from solid felt D that measure 1 ½”
- Game Pieces: 5 heart pieces from solid felt A and D that measure 1 ¼”
- Two (2) 9” pieces of ribbon
Thread the ribbon through the pony beads, leaving about 1 ½” free on each side. Tack the ribbon into place against the backside of the solid felt of the purse body.
Flip over the solid felt part of the purse body and center the board over the front. Pin and stitch in place.
Place the pocket pieces of either side of the board and stitch in place. Make sure to leave the top part open!
Tack the flap to the backside of the purse body (the solid felt oval).
Take the character felt purse body oval and lay it over the solid color felt of the purse body. Make sure both wrong sides are facing each other. Stitch pieces together. You should have the solid color on one side with the board and pockets, and the character felt on the outside. The beads should be neatly tucked and sewn inside of the two pieces, as well as the flap.
When you fold the fabric purse body so the bead straps meet, you can see how the purse comes together. It’ll look kind of like a taco!
Sew on button to purse flap so that the button shows on the outside. Make the purse flap functional by adding the Velcro dots to the purse flap and the body of the purse, so you can easily open and close it.
The board on the inside of the purse is for tic-tac-toe! Add the strips of felt from Color C and arrange them for the game, and tack them in place. The little felt hard are the game pieces and fit nicely in the pockets.