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Purse with South-Western Indian Embroidery

This small purse is ideal for keeping a wallet, a cell phone, keys or cosmetic items. The designs used are South-Western Indian Motif Set.

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The front of the purse with the flap closed.

The finished size of the purse is about 5" x 4.5". You will need a piece of thin leather, leatherette, suede, polyester suede, or mole-skin fabric for the top; the same fabric, cotton or polyester silk for the lining; and a cord for the handle.

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The front of the purse with open flap.

Step One: Stabilize your material with an iron-on tear-away stabilizer. Cross-stitch is a very dense kind of embroidery and it pulls on the fabric vigorously, so be sure to stabilize and hoop the material very tightly.
Make the embroidery. Those who have a Mega hoop (about 6" x 10") can make the embroidery without re-hooping; those who have a large hoop (5" x 7") will have to either re-hoop the embroidery, or make it on different pieces and then stitch the pieces together. Trim all jump stitches after every color!

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The back of the purse, flap open.

Step Two: Trim the embroidered piece leaving about 3/4"-1" around the embroidery. Measure the piece and cut out a piece of the same size out of the material you're going to use for lining.

Step Three: Place the embroidered piece on a table, face up, and cover with the lining, face down. Pin the edges and machine-stitch 1/4" from the embroidery. Stitch along the long sides and one of the short sides, leaving one short side open.

Step Four: Turn the purse inside out. Fold the seam allowance of the open edge inside, leaving about 1/4" around the embroidery. Machine-stitch to close the opening.

Step Five: Fold the working piece up onto the lining to form a pocket. Secure with pins. Machine-stitch the sides together. Place the cord along the sides and zigzag it to catch the sides of the bag and the cord.

It's also possible to make a bigger purse, and even a tote, if you embroider the parts several times and then sew them together.

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We hope that you like this project and come up with many ideas of your own!

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