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Multi-Colored Celtic Purse
This unique purse uses the designs from the Celtic Purse Set.
The designs are for the small hoop (4" x 4").
The finished size of the purse is about 11" x 11".
Finished bag made out of embroidered Celtic motifs.

You will need
  • embroidery threads, either polyester or rayon; the choice of colors is up to you,
  • thin faux suede or thin faux leather (choose a material with a non-fraying base),
  • fabric for the lining (we recommend cotton or non-fraying polyester),
  • light-weight embroidery stabilizer,
  • #14 embroidery needle,
  • #12 and #14 sewing needles,
  • sewing thread of matching color,
  • purse handles with rings on the ends,
  • quilter's ruler and rotary cutter or scissors,
  • chalk pencil.
Embroidery
Stabilize your material, faux leather or suede, hoop tightly. Upload the design with the square into the machine and embroider it. For the bag, you'll need 13 squares. You can make them in any colors you like.
Squares with embroidered Celtic Motifs.

After the embroidery is done, trim the squares, leaving 1/2" margins around the embroidery.
Assembly:
Using 5 squares, sew a cross shape, seam allowance 1/4".
Celtic Square Purse
Using the remaining 8 squares, sew the following shape as shown below:
Celtic Square Purse
Sew both parts together, as shown:
Celtic Square Purse
Open the seams and top-stitch with zig-zag.
Zig-zag stitch connecting the squares, close-up.

Fold the working piece in half, and pin together the edges color-coded in the diagram. Sew the parts together. Open the seams and top-stitch with zig-zag.
Celtic Square Purse
The bag will look like the pictures below:
Connected squares.

Squares connected in a bag.

Lining:
Fold the fabric for the lining in half, face inside. Position the bag over the fabric, aligning the bottom of the bag with the fold. Trace the outline of the bag with chalk.
Tracing the bag on the lining fabric.

Cut out the lining adding 1/2" seam allowance.
Lining pattern on the fabric.
Sew the sides of the lining together, seam allowance 1/4".
Fold the upper edges 1/4" back and press.
Insert the lining into the bag, pin along the upper edge.
Lining inserted in the bag.

Topstitch the lining in place.
Attaching the lining.

Then finish the upper edge with a wide zig-zag.
Upper edge of the bag, close-up.

Handles:
Embroider the second design from the set. You will need 4 stitch-outs.
Embroidered elements for the handles.

Cut them out, leaving about 1/8" seam allowance.

Thread the parts through rings on the handle, fold in half and pin the ends to the protruding corners of the upper edge.
Attaching the handles.

Topstitch the part in place.
Finished bag.

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