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Crossbody Purse

Free project instructions to create a crossbody purse.

Free project instructions to create a crossbody purse.


C rossbody purses are always a popular way to accessorize any outfit! Create your own embroidered handbag with the easy-to-follow steps in this project tutorial.


Project Needs & Notes:


- 1/2 yard of linen (for outside of purse)
- 1/2 yard of pattern cotton (for lining)
- Medium-weight (2.5 ounce) cutaway stabilizer
- 1 1/4 yard of cording (for strap)
- Temporary spray adhesive (such as Gunold's KK100)
- Air-erase pen for marking
- 3/4" button (for optional closure)
- 1/4" wide ribbon (for optional closure)
- Hand sewing needle

The design featured in this tutorial include:
C2733, Fans and Flourishes Geometric Square


Finished Size:
8 1/2" x 8 1/2"

Free project instructions to create a crossbody purse.

Cut a piece of the linen fabric slightly bigger than your embroidery hoop.

Using an air erase pen, draw a 9" x 9" square in the center of the fabric.

Then use a ruler to find and mark the center point of the drawn square.

Free project instructions to create a crossbody purse.

A template, or printout of a design, is an excellent tool to help with placement.

Print a template of the design from your embroidery software. If you do not have embroidery software, Wilcom's TrueSizer is a free program to use.

Center the template onto the fabric. Use an air-erase pen to mark the center point and the horizontal and vertical axis lines on the fabric.

Free project instructions to create a crossbody purse.

Spray a piece of cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive, and smooth the fabric on top of the stabilizer.

Hoop the fabric and the stabilizer together, lining up the marks on the fabric with the marks on the hoop.

Free project instructions to create a crossbody purse.

Attach the hoop to the machine and load the design.

Move the hoop so that the needle is directly aligned with the center point on the fabric.

Embroider the design.


Free project instructions to create a crossbody purse.

When the design has finished embroidering, cut out the square along the drawn lines. This will be the front side of the purse.


Free project instructions to create a crossbody purse.

To make the back side, lay the embroidered front piece on the outer fabric with right sides together.

Pin it in place, and cut around edges of the front piece to make the back piece the same exact size.

Free project instructions to create a crossbody purse.

Then repeat, and pin the embroidered front piece to the lining fabric and cut.

Cut out a total of two squares of the lining fabric for the inside of the purse.

Free project instructions to create a crossbody purse.

Next, take the two pieces of fabric for the outside of the bag, and pin them together with the right sides together.

Make sure to only pin along the bottom edge and the two side edges.

Free project instructions to create a crossbody purse.

Then sew a 1/4" seam along the three pinned edges -- make sure to leave the top edge open for turning.

Free project instructions to create a crossbody purse.

Repeat with the two lining pieces.

Pin them together with right sides of the fabric touching, and sew a 1/4" seam along the three edges, making sure to leave the top edge open.

Free project instructions to create a crossbody purse.

Trim off the two bottom corners of the outer and lining fabric.

Make sure to cut the corner close to the stitching, but don't cut through it.

Free project instructions to create a crossbody purse.

Turn the outer fabric pieces right side out, and press the seams.

Next, cut a piece of cording to 45" (1 1/4 yard), and pin one end to each of the two side seams on the bag at the upper corners, leaving at least 1" of extra rope extended past the top of the bag.

If you want to add the optional ribbon and button closure, pin the looped ribbon in the center of the back side of the bag with 1" of the looped end resting on the fabric, and the raw edges out past the edge of the bag.

Free project instructions to create a crossbody purse.

Slide the outer fabric and rope handle into the lining of the purse, right sides together with the rope handle in between the fabric.

Line up the edges of the openings and the side seams, and pin them together.

Be careful that the rope is at the bottom of the purse, so that it will not get in the way while sewing along the top openings.

Free project instructions to create a crossbody purse.

Sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge.

Make sure to leave a 3" opening on the back side for turning the purse right side out.

Free project instructions to create a crossbody purse.

Sew a tiny zig-zag stitch back and forth over the rope handles, making sure to sew in the seam allowance.

This will make the handles stronger and help keep them from ripping out of the purse.

Free project instructions to create a crossbody purse.

Turn the purse right side out.

Free project instructions to create a crossbody purse.

Push the lining inside of the outer fabric and press the newly sewn edges.

Fold the raw edges of the 3" opening in 1/4" and press.

Free project instructions to create a crossbody purse.

Pin the lining and the outer fabric together along the upper edge where you look into the purse and top stitch through both fabrics 1/8" from the edge.

This will help hold the lining in place and close the opening left for turning it earlier.

For best results, match the top thread color to the outer fabric and the bobbin thread to the lining fabric.

Free project instructions to create a crossbody purse.

Finally, use a hand sewing needle to stitch the bottom corners of the lining and outer fabric together.

Stitch just in the two bottom corners, starting on the inside of the bag and sewing all the way through to the outside and back.

This will hold the lining inside the bag and prevent it from coming out at all.

Free project instructions to create a crossbody purse.

For a closure, pin a 4" ribbon loop onto the outside fabric of the purse when you pin the handles in place.

The loop should go in the center of the back side and be 1" long.

Then, when your purse is all finished being assembled, simply fold the ribbon over the opening of the purse and mark where the loop sits on the front.

Take a button and sew it over the marking to complete your closure.

Free project instructions to create a crossbody purse.

Bright embroidery on the front of the purse, and fun fabric inside, will brighten any outfit!

Crossbody Purse



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