How Do I Sew a Round Purse or Bag?

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How Do I Sew a Round Purse or Bag?
Make a bright circular purse. (businesswoman with 2 red circles image by Galina Barskaya from

There are few things that add interest to an outfit as quickly as an unusual purse or bag. Whether you're holiday dressing or creating a new spring look, a bright circular bag makes a bold fashion statement. Clothing stores and accessory shops carry round purses for a large amount of money, but you can create one in any colour you choose in an afternoon. You'll spend a lot less money and make a bag design that no one else will own.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Fabric-backed vinyl
  • Round purse handles
  • Pen
  • String
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Craft glue
  • Sewing machine

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  1. 1

    Lay the fabric on the table in front of you with the wrong side up. Tie the string to a dark marker. Measure the string to find a point 8 inches from the marker. Cut the string at that point. Hold the end of the string on the fabric. Make a circular line with the marker on the fabric, keeping the end of the string in place to create a perfect circle. Cut another circle exactly the same size as the first.

  2. 2

    Cut out the two vinyl fabric circles. Lay the circles on top of each other with the right sides together. Match up all the edges to make sure that they are even. Pin the fabric together in three places to make sure that the layers don't slip out of place.

  3. 3

    Lay one of the round purse handles on top of the fabric circles so that the bottom quarter of the handle is lying on the fabric. The top three quarters of the handle should be lying on the table above the fabric circles. Use the marker to draw a line on the vinyl along the inside of the handle. You will have drawn a round curve at the top of the circle.

  4. 4

    Cut out the curve that you drew using the purse handle. Cut both layers of the vinyl fabric. Take the pins out of the fabric layers to separate them. Lay the layers on the table with the wrong side up. Place a purse handle on the top of the circle so that the lower curve of the handle is directly below the curve that you cut out. Fold the vinyl over the handle so that it covers the handle and reaches the back of the fabric main piece. This will encase the entire bottom part of the handle. Pin this fabric securely. Place the other handle on the other fabric circle and pin it in the same way.

  5. 5

    Sew the fabric together to secure the purse handles onto the purse body layers.

  6. 6

    Place the two fabric circles together with the right sides together. Make sure that the two handle circles are exactly matched up. Pin the fabric together to secure the layers. Sew the two circles together using a 3/4-inch seam. Begin sewing as close to the handle as possible and go all the way around the circle until you meet the other side of the handle.

  7. 7

    Turn the purse right-side out and smooth the seams to make sure that the circle is as perfect as possible. Use craft glue to secure down the raw edges below the purse handles.

Tips and warnings

  • This project will work with patent leather, brocade, upholstery fabric or other stiff fabrics.

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