How to Use Internal Spring Purse Frames

Written by michelle powell-smith
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Internal spring purse frames work very well to make coin purses, small make up bags, wristlets, evening bags and clutches. Pressure applied to the outer corners of the bag opens the spring frame, allowing access to the contents. Once closed, the spring frame holds the contents quite securely. These frames serve as a closure and provide structure for your bag. Use an internal spring purse frame with casual cottons or formal satins for a very different look from the same basic techniques.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Outer fabric, amount depends on your purse frame
  • Lining fabric, amount depends on your purse frame
  • Internal spring purse frame
  • Pliers
  • Sewing machine
  • Coordinating thread
  • Iron
  • Ironing board

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Create a pattern for your spring purse frame bag. Make a simple rectangle 1-inch wider than your spring purse frame. Allow an additional 3 inches vertically, 1 inch for seam allowances and 2 inches for your internal spring purse frame casing.

  2. 2

    Cut two each from your pattern of lining, outer fabric and interfacing. Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric if you are using a fusible instead of a sew-in interfacing.

  3. 3

    Mark a point 2.5 inches from the top of both the lining and outer fabric. Place the outer fabric printed sides together and sew from your marked point around 3 sides to the marking on the other side. Repeat for the lining, leaving a 2-inch opening in the centre of the bottom lining.

  4. 4

    Turn the bag inside out, then place the bag into the lining with the printed side of the fabric facing out into the printed side of the lining. Sew the lining and the outer fabric together along the top edge, from one marked point to the next, creating two flaps at the top of your bag. Turn right side out through the opening in the lining and stitch the opening in the lining closed.

  5. 5

    Press each flap over, creating a 1-inch wide casing. Sew. Insert the free ends of the spring frame into the openings, wiggling to fit it into place. Insert the pin into the free hinge end of the spring frame and clamp the ends into place with pliers.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a hex spring frame for a larger bag to allow the bag to stand open as needed.
  • Cut your fabric wider for a gathered look on the spring purse frame casing.

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