How to Make a Lined Envelope Purse

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How to Make a Lined Envelope Purse
One style of envelope purse (silk purses image by Alison Bowden from

A lined envelope purse can be made quickly and simply. It has a number of uses, depending on the size and materials you make it from. You can use it to store cards, notes, receipts or other items. Making it lined with an extra piece of fabric adds strength as well as decoration to the inside. You can make a small envelope purse from scrap pieces of material left over from other projects--excellent little gift holders.

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Things you need

  • 2 rectangles of fabric, 7-by-15 inches
  • Button
  • Elastic
  • Needle and thread
  • Ruler
  • Pins

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  1. 1

    Lay the fabrics on top of each other, patterns facing, and cut a slope at the top, to make an envelope shape. Cut to 2 inches on each side, meeting in the middle.

  2. 2

    Pin the elastic band peeping over the tip of the cut, in between the fabrics. Pin the rest of the fabric together.

  3. 3

    Sew around the perimeter leaving the sloped edge open. Before closing the bottom, turn the fabric inside out, so the pattern is showing, then seal the bottom.

  4. 4

    Fold the bottom up to the sloped opening and pin. This will form your pouch. Backstitch up the sides, to make the bag. You can stitch the bottom fold if you wish, for extra strength.

  5. 5

    Sew the button onto the front, and fold over the loose slope. The elastic band will loop around the button to secure the envelope purse.

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