Sew a Snap-Clasp Purse
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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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Barbara Sabatka
very good instruction
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Florence DennisHuskin
excellent class.
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sheri moyer
Nicole is amazing, I loved her class, now I will gather all the materials and start my cute little bag, Thank you for sharing your talent and tips with us. Sheri Moyer
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