Sew a Snap-Clasp Purse
Advanced | 1 hour 3 min
Creating the Outer Bag
Create the Lining
If you’ve ever found yourself searching for that perfect purse for everyday wear, search no more. Professional bag maker, Nicole Mallalieu, shares how to make a snap-clasp purse using a rectangular purse frame, magnetic snaps, and a sturdy base with purse feet. It’s easy to customize the look and feel of your bag with fabric and hardware choices, and with so many professional-looking details, no one will be able to guess that you made the purse yourself.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • ½ yard medium-weight fabric (Nicole uses linen)
  • ½ yard quilting-weight fabric for lining
  • ½ yard fusible fleece (such as Vilene H640 or Pellon 987F)
  • 1 yard fusible woven interfacing (such as Pellon Shapeflex)
  • 8'' x 12'' piece of fusible webbing
  • 10'' x 5 1/4'' firm fusible interfacing (such as Decofuse or Vilene S520)
  • 10'' x 5 1/4" stencil plastic for bag base
  • Scraps of thick, non-woven interfacing (such as Pelmet or Peltex)
  • 2’ of piping cord
  • Two 3/4'' magnetic snaps
  • 8'' square purse frame
  • Five 3/8”- 3/4” purse feet
  • Two 3/4'' D-rings or O-rings
  • Fabric glue stick pen
  • Regular craft glue stick
  • Fabric marker
  • Quilt basting spray
  • Clear-drying craft glue (that will bind fabric to metal)
  • Tailor’s awl
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Pinking shears
  • Rotary cutter and mat
  • Quilting ruler
  • Iron and board
  • Mallet (or hammer)
  • 4mm saddlers punch
  • Wooden (kitchen) cutting board
  • Pressing cloth
  • Pressing ham or rolled up piece of cotton
  • 1” - 1 1/2‘’ stick of quad molding from a hardware store, for pressing hard-to-reach corners
  • Cork coaster with rounded edges
  • Matchstick, popsicle stick, or coffee stirrer for spreading glue
  • Hand-sewing needle
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching thread
  • Edge-stitching foot
Learn how to:
  • Block fuse fabric with interfacing
  • Make a four-fold purse strap
  • Attach a purse strap using D-rings
  • Insert magnetic snap closures
  • Make a steady purse base and insert purse feet
  • Insert a snap-clasp purse frame
  • Insert purse lining
What you’ll get:
  • Step-by-step expert instruction on making a professional looking snap-clasp purse
  • 3 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supplies list and downloadable PDF pattern pieces ($16 value)
  • Expert instruction from designer Nicole Mallalieu
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions, and interact with other students
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Mireille Marchand
I love every Nicole's classes!!
6 days ago
lenora berg
Fabulous…very meticulous work. Good example for me to pay attention to detail!
March 4, 2023
Barbara Sabatka
very good instruction
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