Hip Pockets Purse

Be prepared! When you toss this cute little bag over your shoulder, all your friends will want one too.
Gather Materials and Cut the Fabric
Hip Pockets flower-patterned purse

No one will know how little effort it took to make this playful yet sophisticated purse. Zipper installation is foolproof, says designer Elizabeth Bailey; stitching it up and adding a cord is a breeze as well.

While you're at it, make two or three. Pick coordinating fabrics from your stash. Or, to match a special outfit, use pieces left over from garment construction or from shortening a hem. It's couture accessorizing without the high-fashion cost.

Materials (for one bag):

  • 1/4 yard large floral (bag)
  • 1/8 yard aqua stripe (bag)
  • 1/4 yard lime green print (bag lining)
  • 2  7-inch-long zippers
  • Embroidery floss: 1 skein each chartreuse and rose and 2 skeins bright green (strap) or 2 yards 3/16-inch-diameter cord
  • 2  1/4-inch-diameter beads (optional)
  • Decorative frog (optional)

Finished Size: 6 x 7 3/4 inches

Quantities are for 44/45-inch-wide fabrics. Measurements include 1/2-inch seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

Cut Fabrics

To make the best use of your fabrics, cut the pieces in the following order.

From large floral, cut:

  • 1  8-3/4-x-7-inch rectangle
  • 1  5-3/4-x-7-inch rectangle

From aqua stripe, cut:

  • 1  3-1/2-x-7-inch rectangle

From lime green print, cut:

  • 2  8-1/2-x-7-inch lining rectangles

Continued on page 2:  Assemble the Bag