Make A Heart Purse! Tutorial and Giveaway!

There were so many possibilities in presenting this heart purse craft and tutorial that I just couldn’t bring myself to choose one and get on with it. Should I do the original little coin purse size? Do the larger cross body? Combine it with the laptop bag and do a tutorial on both? Just sell the pattern on Etsy? Just sell just the purse on Etsy? And then once I decided which version to focus on, should I just do a picture tutorial and call it a day? Make it a subscriber perk? Do a giveaway? Aaaaaahhhh!

Why all the indecision on my part when it comes to this project? Because I LOVE it and I’ve been telling you all about it for a while and the last thing I want to do is disappoint! And once it’s out there – there’s no going back. Crafting bloggers know what I mean, right?

Well, I finally decided to combine it with a subscriber giveaway AND to present the tutorial for the heart-shaped purse to anyone who wants it! How? Read on for the tutorial on how to make this adorable purse AND to find out what you could win by subscribing to the blog today (current subscribers, you are automatically entered into this giveaway)!

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The Key To My Heart Tutorial And Giveaway

How to make a heart-shaped crossbody purse

Y’all are not going to believe how easy this project is. That being said, since I am currently out of town on vacation, I have pieced this tutorial together from older pictures I had from one of the first times I made one of these.  I will be describing the strap installation at the very end without all the pictures. I think you’ll get it, though, because you’re that good.

To start, gather your supplies and cut your fabric. You’ll need:

  • Ruler
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Craft or fabric glue
  • Fabric chalk or marker
  • Cutting mat
  • Sewing machine with needle and thread
  • Zipper foot for your sewing machine
  • Outer fabric: 1 piece 10″ X 18″
  • Lining fabric: 1 piece 10″ X 18″
  • One 9 inch zipper
  • A roll of nylon webbing for the strap
  • Not pictured and optional – card stock or poster board to make a heart template to trace

Herat purse materials and supplies

Step 1: Place your lining fabric and your outer fabric, wrong sides together and apply a little glue along the edge just to keep them from shifting around:

Lining and outer fabric wrong sides togetherHere are the outer and lining fabrics attached. Make sure they are wrong sides together so that you are looking at the pretty side of each.

Lining attached to heart fabricStep 2: Line the zipper up along one of the short edges of the two fabrics, face down so that you are looking at the underside of the zipper and with the top edge of the zipper lined up along the edge of the fabric. Apply some of your craft glue to keep it from shifting around while you sew. You should be looking at the outer fabric, like this:

First step to attach the zipperStep 3: Using your zipper foot, sew the zipper down along the top edge side. You will have to lift up at some point and pull the zipper-pull out of the way to continue sewing all the way to the end. When you have finished sewing this side, it should look like this when you flip the zipper over.

One side of the zipper sewn onto the purseStep 4: Top stitch the zipper so that the fabric stays out of the way of the zipper teeth. Don’t judge my awful top stitching. This was one of my first attempts at this and I find it much easier these days. Don’t do it in contrasting thread like this. Do it with a thread that blends in.

Top stitch first sideStep 5: Now this step isn’t pictured but it’s pretty easy. Fold up the other short edge of the fabric and line the other edge of the zipper along that short edge the same way you did for the first side of the zipper. You’ll be looking at the lining fabric this time and sewing the edge of the zipper lined up with the edge of the fabric. Open up the zipper all the way when you are finished sewing that side and top stitch. What you will have is a tube of fabric that looks like this when right side out with the zipper closed.

Both sides of zipper top stitchedStep 6: Open the zipper about half way and turn the tube inside-out. Position the zipper where you want it on the purse – not too high up because you have to account for the “dip” in the top of the heart which must stay above the zipper. Sew down along each side edge with a quarter inch seam. Be careful as you sew over the zipper on each side. The picture bellow is shown before the edges are sewn but it will look just like this with the stitching along the two sides:

Get ready to sew the sides of the purseYou could stop here if you just wanted an easy zipper pouch! See? Just use the opening in the zipper to turn it inside-out!

Purse turned inside out before cutting heart shapeStep 7: But if you want the heart shape (and why not?) either free-hand (if you are brave), or use a pre-drawn and cut heart shape on card stock or poster board to trace the heart.

Position heart template on purseThis is what it looks like after it is traced. Make sure your zipper is still open half way:

Heart template traced and ready to be cutStep 8: If you are adding a strap, use a ruler to measure in the same distance from each side and mark where you want your one inch opening to put the strap in on each side of the heart. After you make your markings, use scissors to snip out the fabric above them so that you have a one inch wide hole about a quarter inch above your markings. Basically, for both sides, just cut where the dotted lines are that I have shown as an example on the left side of this picture, so that you have a hole above each curve of the heart. You then insert the strap through the zipper opening so the only about a quarter to a half inch of each end of the strap is sticking out of each hole, and pin it in place. Make sure the strap is not twisted (it can hang through the zipper opening).

Cut holes for the straps of the heart purseStep 9: Sew all around your heart drawing, sewing right on your chalk line.

Step 10: Cut 1/4″ all around the outside of your heart stitching so you have an inside-out heart shaped purse. Use scissors to notch the curves of the the heart and snip the seam allowance inside the “dip” at the top of the heart so that when you turn it inside out, it sits flat. Use the zipper opening to turn it inside out and you have a heart purse!!!

Now, are you ready to try this project with the AWESOME vintage key fabric I used?

heart purse tutorial

It’s GIVEAWAY time!

Subscribe to my blog using the form below (or at the very top of the page) for a chance to win 1.5 yards of this Springs Creative Cuts Vintage Keys Duck Fabric that I used to make my purse AND a pre-cut heart template AND a nine inch black zipper!

This giveaway will run through Sunday, August 9th and the winner will be announced on social media as well is in my newsletter on Monday, August 10th.

Crafters: Don’t you think this would be an awesome project for a child learning to sew who is at the stage where they need to start sewing curves? I was thinking about putting together “learn to sew” kits using the main materials necessary. What do you think? Do you know any kids who would want to give it a try?


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20 Comments on Make A Heart Purse! Tutorial and Giveaway!

  1. Valerie
    July 30, 2015 at 5:57 AM (2 years ago)

    Thank you Nicole for the tutorial for the heart-shaped purse very easy to follow. Will start one tomorrow regards Valerie x

    • notimefordiy
      July 30, 2015 at 6:18 AM (2 years ago)

      You’re very welcome, Valerie! Let me know how it turns out!

  2. Elizabeth
    July 30, 2015 at 8:11 AM (2 years ago)

    So cute! My girl is still wearing it almost daily. It goes with us n every trip with her essentials inside. She has also found that it makes a great sling for Simba so he doesn’t get left behind when we shop. I think we are officially at tween stage – needing a purse daily but also carrying the lovey. So glad you shared it :)

    • notimefordiy
      July 30, 2015 at 8:22 AM (2 years ago)

      So glad she likes it, Elizabeth! I bring mine with me everywhere, too, and I am way beyond the tween stage…hmmmmm…:)

      • Elizabeth
        August 1, 2015 at 9:28 PM (2 years ago)

        It is the advent of the purse in her life, coupled with toting along that lion everywhere that makes her so ‘tween to me – the “I’m grown up, wait no I’m not.”

        • notimefordiy
          August 16, 2015 at 7:50 AM (2 years ago)

          Laughing to myself that given your description (I’m grown up, wait no I’m not) I also might be a tween after all!

  3. Missy
    July 30, 2015 at 11:57 AM (2 years ago)

    Thank you for this great pattern. I have an eight year old granddaughter that I get to see four times a year, because she lives in another state. She now has her own bedroom, and I get to decorate it for her. I want to fill it full of personal and fun items, so this will be great.

    • notimefordiy
      July 30, 2015 at 12:15 PM (2 years ago)

      You’re welcome, Missy! I’m glad you like it! It is so sweet that you are decorating your granddaughter’s room for her! My mom has done the same thing for my daughter – the grandparent/child relationship is so special! Thank you for visiting!

  4. Shann Eva
    August 7, 2015 at 8:51 PM (2 years ago)

    That is so cute! I’m going to share this pattern with my mom. She loves purses and sewing projects too. Thanks for the instructions.

  5. Amanda @ Momily Homily
    August 8, 2015 at 5:02 AM (2 years ago)

    You make this stuff look so easy! I’d be scared to see what this would look like if I tried to make it though. :)
    Good to be co-hosting the #homemattersparty with you again this month. I’m learning so much! :)
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  6. Alayna @AlaynasCreations
    August 8, 2015 at 11:10 AM (2 years ago)

    My 11 year old goes through spurts of wanting to sew projects and this one would be right up her alley – plus a great way to learn how to attach a zipper.
    I’m looking forward to another great month of #HomeMattersParty fun with you!

  7. Sarena @ Teal Inspiration
    August 9, 2015 at 12:18 AM (2 years ago)

    This is adorable and I love the fabric! Great tutorial too. You make it look so easy! I’m glad to be co-hosting the #HomeMattersParty with you again this month!
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  8. Angela - Garden Tea Cakes and Me
    August 10, 2015 at 9:54 AM (2 years ago)

    What a great and easy to follow tutorial, you make it look far easier than I was imagining.

    I’ve pin this for when I have more crafting time :)


    • notimefordiy
      August 16, 2015 at 8:08 AM (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Angela! I’m so glad you liked it! It really isn’t as hard as most people imagine. Let me know if you ever try it, how it turned out!

  9. Michelle James
    August 10, 2015 at 1:22 PM (2 years ago)

    This is really a fun, little project and I can certainly relate to the indecision. I go through that a lot!

    I am really excited to be co-hosting at #HomeMattersParty this month!
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    • notimefordiy
      August 16, 2015 at 8:10 AM (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Michelle! Oh yes, I guess too many options to choose from when blogging is better than not having anything to write about but it can get mentally exhausting trying to find the right fit for a certain blog post topic or craft! Great to be co-hosting with you!

    • notimefordiy
      August 16, 2015 at 8:11 AM (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Sonja! I’m glad you liked the tutorial. Thanks for visiting and commenting. It’s been great co-hosting with you!

    • notimefordiy
      August 16, 2015 at 8:13 AM (2 years ago)

      Thank you, Melissa! It’s definitely one of my favorite projects to date! Great to be co-hosting with you!


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