Sunday, September 30, 2012

Fortune Cookie Purse

Hello there, and welcome to my first attempt at a tutorial of sorts.  Usually I just take pictures of my projects at the end but today I made this little purse in about an hour and I took pictures along the way.  I hope you will give it a try - it is a fun project.

This is the final product.  It is a small purse that holds just enough for those nights that you're going out but don't want to carry your usual carry-on luggage sized handbag.

I started with a piece of fabric that I bought with no intention of doing anything in particular with.  This is a Ricky Timms design.  I cut it about 13 1/2 by 13 1/2 square, added Warm and White cotton batting and black Kona cotton as a lining fabric.  Then I quilted it using a walking foot.
After it was quilted, I used a 12 1/2 inch platter that was in my dining room cabinet and traced around the outside.

Cut it out.
Fold it in half and use chalk to mark a line right down the center.
Cut it on the line.

Next I added a zipper.  I picked the colorful fabric because I already had a bright green zipper that would go with it.  My goal was to not leave the house.

Attach the zipper to the other side.  Pin it this time so the sides are even.

Press it flat with a lot of steam and then I did two rows of top stitching so the zipper would never get caught in the fabric.  I HATE when that happens.

Sew around the curved edge and then either serge the edge or zig zag stitch it so it doesn't fray.  Br sure to open the end of the zipper a little so you can get your hand in there and so you don't stitch the zipper shut and have to take out your seam ripper.  I HATE that too.

Turn it inside out and press it.

Cut a piece of fabric 2" by 18" or so.  Fold it in half and press it.  Then open it up and fold in the two raw edges to the center, press them.  Finally press the two folded edges to they meet and Voila!  a 1/2 wide strip of sturdy matching loops for your bag.  Cut the strip into one 5" long piece and one 13" (or so) piece.  The 5" piece is shown here.

Sew across the bottom with about a 3/8" seam allowance.

Next you have to open the bag up and line up the loops on the side seam.  This is a little bulky but if you use a 90 or larger needle you should have not problem.  I then stitched across the bottom the loop where the seam allowances are and again above the raw ends to reduce the chance of any fraying.

Take the long loop and put it through the small loop and you can carry it in your hand or as a wristlet.  I think it would also be a great little girl purse.  I personally never wear black, it makes me look tired.  But if I had a little black dress, I would carry this bag with it.  

I hope you will take a stab at my little purse.  It was fun to make, used less than 2 fat quarters of fabric and has a lot of possibilities.  For example, I would love to make it in randomly pieced strips, dupioni silk with couched silk cord, batiks, hand dyed, oh the mental list goes on and on.  I will post some of the possibilities as they arrive.  

Thanks for reading and feel free to let me know how I did on my first tutorial or ask questions if you decide to try this fortune cookie purse.


  1. ohhh thanks for the tutorial - I pinned it - it would make a nice gift too!

  2. Looks like a lot of fun to make and use!

  3. the tutorial looks great. I will try it soon!

  4. Love this project, and your blog is terrific! Thanks for all the great inspiration!

  5. thank you for the tut. what a great way to take UFO's and make bags!

  6. Nice tutorial, thank you so much. What is that beautiful fabric you used? Who made it, I love it! Lynn

  7. You did a great job on the purse and the Tutorial. Love the fabric it looks great.

  8. This is a cute, simple tutorial and the fabric is great! Thanks!

  9. great purse. Thanks for the tutorial. I hope I have time to make one for my daughter's wedding.

  10. Great tutorial and such a cute little bag. Your tutorial is great, especially for your first! You might consider adding a picture of how you attached the loops for anyone who's a rookie at sewing (since this would be a great project for young girls as a first sewing project), but for most of us it's perfect as is! Thanks!!!

  11. Thanks. I'm always on the lookout for projects that use up my stash. This is perfect!

  12. Thanks for sharing such a nice post. I really like it. Your tutorial is very easy to understand and awesome also.
    Fortune Cookies and Tarot UK

  13. I'm doing this tonight,
    thank you so much

    LOVE LOVE LOVE YOUR FABRIC1` just saying

    peaceable moments, now and forever

  14. Brilliant! We've showcased your bag at

  15. I just saw something similar to this at Cato's the other day, but I put it down (I didn't want to spend $20 on something I knew I could make). Wow, here it is. Thank you so much for sharing your pattern. I"m going to go make one right now!

  16. I was itching to sew something simple but fab and I came across your tute! Tank you for making my day :)

  17. Love your little bag, I can never go small so I increased the size and made a shoulder bag. I added hardware from a handbag from a thrift store. put binding all the way around both half circles to add contrast. Thanks again your idea is wonderful.

  18. Were the loops added on the outside? I didn't quite understand that part of the instructions. I would love to make this bag, it is so different.