The #molliestashchallenge: Fabric purse and pincushion DIY

Mollie Makes fabric purse tutorial


We’ve got another pattern for you! Issue 103 is encouraging you to use up your stash for the #molliestashchallenge and last week we focused on yarn with our reusable cotton pad DIY.

But this week we’re focusing on all those leftover pieces of material you have. Or alternatively, all those old but beautifully patterned clothes you have in the wardrobe that never see the light of day.  Repurpose your old fabric into Sarah Ashford‘s fabric purse and pincushion DIY.

Rather than buying your friends and family gifts this year, give them the handmade touch with this fabric purse and pincushion DIY.

Make your fabric purse

Materials

  • Eight 6.5cm (25/8“) squares of patterned fabric
  • Linen cotton fabric, 50cm (19¾”)
  • Lining fabric, 33 x 26.5cm (13 x 10½”)
  • Wadding, 30.5 x 26.5cm (12 x 10½”)
  • Zip, 33cm (13″)
  • Basting spray
  • Rotary cutter

1.

Cut the linen fabric into 32 2.5 x 2.5cm (1 x 1″) squares, one 3.5 x 26.5cm (13/8  x 10½”) top piece, one 4 x 26.5cm (15/8  x 10½”) bottom piece, two 3.5 x 11cm (13/8  x 43/8“) side pieces and one 16.5 x 26.5cm (6½ x 10½”) backing piece. Cut the lining fabric into two 16.5 x 26.5cm (6½ x 10½”) pieces, and the wadding into two 15 x 26.5cm (6 x 10½”) pieces.

2.

Mollie Makes fabric purse tutorial

Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side (WS) of each of the 2.5 x 2.5cm (1 x 1″) linen squares, from corner to corner. Pin the linen square to each corner of one patterned fabric square, orientating the diagonal lines to create an octagon shape at the centre of the fabric square, as shown. Sew along all four diagonal lines.

3.

Mollie Makes fabric purse tutorial

Mollie Makes fabric purse tutorial

Trim each corner to create a 0.5cm (¼”) seam, then press the seams open to make the snowball block, as shown. Repeat Steps 2-3 with the remaining patterned and linen fabric squares to create eight snowball blocks in total.

4, 5 & 6.

Mollie Makes fabric purse tutorial

Step 5

Place two snowball blocks with right sides (RS) together and sew along one short edge to join. Press the seams open, then repeat to create a strip of four blocks.

Repeat Step 4 to create a second strip of four blocks, then pin the two with RS together and sew along one long edge to join. Press the seams open.

Place the patchwork panel RS up, then pin a linen side piece along one short edge with RS together, aligning the raw edges. Sew along the short edge, press the seam open, then repeat at the opposite end of the patchwork panel with the last linen side piece.

7 & 8.

Mollie Makes fabric purse tutorial

Step 7

Place the patchwork panel RS up, then pin the linen top piece along the top long edge with RS together, aligning the raw edges. Sew along the long edge, press the seam open, then repeat at the bottom of the patchwork panel with the bottom linen piece.

Using basting spray, or pins, attach a piece of wadding to the WS of both the front patchwork panel and the backing fabric piece.

9.

Mollie Makes fabric purse tutorial

Step 9

Place the zip along the top of the front panel with RS together, aligning the top edges. Position a piece of lining fabric on top with RS together, aligning the raw edges. Clip, or pin, through all three of the layers, then sew along the top long edge, as close to the zip as possible. Fold back the lining fabric so both pieces are WS together, and press.   

 10.

Mollie Makes fabric purse tutorial

Step 10

Repeat Step 9 with the unsewn long edge of the zip, and the remaining backing and lining fabric pieces. Position the front panel and lining piece on one side of the zip, and the back panel and lining piece on the other side of the zip, as shown. Press and top stitch close to the zip on both sides.

11.

Mollie Makes fabric purse tutorial

Step 11

Clip, or pin, the lining pieces with RS together, and the front and back panels with RS together, aligning the raw edges, as shown. Open the zip halfway, then sew all the way around using a 1cm (3/8“) seam, leaving a gap for turning at the bottom of the lining.

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Mollie Makes fabric purse tutorial

Step 12

Trim the seam allowance at the corners and the overhanging zip tape, then turn the pouch RS out. Carefully push out the corners, then neatly slipstitch the gap in the lining closed, and push it inside the pouch to finish.

Make your pincushion

Mollie Makes pin cushion tutorial

Use up your stash to make this adorable pin cushion!

Materials

  • Eight 6.5cm (25/8“) squares of patterned fabric
  • Soft toy stuffing
  • Matching sewing thread
  • Rotary cutter

1.

Mollie Makes pin cushion

Step 1

Pin two fabric squares with right sides (RS) together – use the images as a guide to colourway, or choose your own. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side (WS) of a square, then sew a 0.5cm (¼”) seam either side. Repeat with two more squares.

2 & 3.

Mollie Makes pin cushion

Step 2 and 3

Cut along the drawn lines to create four half square triangles (HST), then press open and trim the excess seam allowance. Lay the HST out as shown to create a pinwheel effect with the fabrics.

Place two adjoining HST with RS together and sew along the edge that will become the centre seam. Press open the seams, then sew the remaining two HST squares together in the same way.

4.

Mollie Makes pin cushion

Step 4

Pin the two fabric rectangles with RS together, aligning the raw edges. Sew along the long edge which will become the centre seam, then press the seams open. 

5.

Mollie Makes pin cushion

Step 5

To make the bottom of the pincushion, place two squares with RS together. Sew along one edge, then press open the seams. Repeat with two more squares, then pin the rectangles with RS together. Sew along one long edge, then press open the seams.

6.

Mollie Makes pin cushion

Step 6

Place the top and bottom of the pincushion with RS together, ensuring the central points are aligned. Trim the squares to the same size. Pin, then sew around the outside using a 1cm (3/8“) seam, leaving a gap for turning.

7.

Mollie Makes pin cushion

Step 7

Trim the seam allowance and turn RS out, carefully pushing out the corners. Stuff firmly, then neatly slipstitch the gap closed.

Now you’ve used up all your spare scraps, make sure you tag us in a picture of your fabric purse and pincushion DIY pics using #molliestashchallenge and #molliemakers on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. We can’t wait to see what you make from your stash!