I have this fabulous Upholstery fabric that I got from my grandmother a few years ago. I swear, it's straight out of the 60's and I absolutely LOVE it! I even made a tree skirt out of it a few years ago. Well, I am almost completely out of it, but I had a few scraps left.
I know that this isn't the best way to make a purse, but it got the job done. I'll show you what I did.
1. Cut the inner and outer fabrics, enough for the sides of the purse and the bottom. Then you'll need some for any pockets inside, and the strap. For this design, I also made some little loops on the sides for the strap to tie into.
2. Sew the sides and the bottom panel together. Since I made a square bottom, I had a separate bottom piece, but you don't need the bottom piece--you can just sew three sides of large rectangle for the purse shape. Make sure you're sewing right-sides-together.
4. Sew in any pockets onto the inner fabric.
4. Keep the upholstery fabric inside-out and place the inner fabric wrong-side-out inside the upholstery bag. Then sew them together around the outer edges. Make sure to leave a hole for flipping the whole thing right-side-out. I don't have a serger, so I zip-zaged everything after I straight-sewed it. If you have a serger, use it!
5. Flip the whole thing right-side-out and sew around the edges to close the hole you left.
6. Next we're going to work on the loops that the strap is going to tie into. I know this wasn't the best way to do it, but I'll figure out a better way next time. I'll just show you what I did. I cut a funky shape for the loop to be. I didn't make the skinny part long enough. It should be at least double that long. I sewed around the edges of just the skinny part, and then flipped it right-side-out.
For a more unique look that highlights the cute loops you're about to put on, make it out of a different fabric so they stand out. Even use the same fabric you used for in the inside. (I'm kind of disappointed that because I used the same fabric, you can't even see the more work I put into the loops.)
7. Then I sewed them to the hems on each side of the bag, making sure to tuck in the fraying edges as I go. They're pretty cute loops if you ask me.
8. Sew the strap and flip right-side-out. Then string it through the little loops you just sewed on and tie the straps.
9. Sew on a cute button, and a little elastic, and you're good to go! Enjoy this unique purse!