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
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:
- Rotary Cutter
- 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
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:
Here 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.
Step 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:
Step 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.
Step 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.
Step 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.
Step 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:
You could stop here if you just wanted an easy zipper pouch! See? Just use the opening in the zipper to turn it inside-out!
Step 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.
This is what it looks like after it is traced. Make sure your zipper is still open half way:
Step 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).
Step 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?
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?