10/31 | DIY Purse | Cricut Maker Sewing Project

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.
Hey Everyone! I’m back at it again with another Cricut Maker Sewing project! This machine continues to amaze me and make me a better sexist. Today’s post is all about how to sew a sling bag. I have never made a DIY purse before or ever thought I could, to be honest. However, when I saw the Simplicity Pattern for this DIY Purse I instantly knew that I needed it in my life. So I gave it a go and was surprised when the final product came out looking so good! Let me show you how to do it:
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Supplies needed to make a DIY Purse:
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  • a Cricut Maker
  • Cricut Fabric Grip Mat
  • Washable Fabric Marker
  • pattern duck fabric (this is my favorite kind of fabric to work with)
  • fusible interfacing
  • iron
  • sewing machine
  • Coats & Clark thread
  • fabric scissors
  • sewing pins
  • embroidery floss (optional)
  • leather embellishment (optional)
  • magnetic closure (optional)

Check Out This Cool DIY Key Fob With a Zipper! A Great Sewing Project!
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Step One: Following the directions in Cricut Design Studio cut the fusible interfacing pieces out. There will be 4 half circle like shapes and 2 long strips. The Maker will use the rotary blade to cut them out and the washable fabric marker to number them and add helpful markings. <— these are the game changers!
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Step Two: Let the Cricut Maker cut out the shapes from the fabric. Be sure to place your fabric pattern side down. There should be 6 half circle like shapes and 2 long strips. This project even has the seam allowances built in which made this (not super advanced yet) sewist VERY happy!
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Step Three: Iron the fusible interfacing onto the matching fabric components. The only fabric pieces that will not have interfacing on them are the lining pieces.

We are getting to the assembly part- stay strong! I am going to guide you through it so that it will make sense and you don’t end up ripping out any stitches!

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Step Four:
To give it shape, the outer pieces and the lining pieces of the bag have darts drawn for you. Fold the fabric right sides together matching up the edges and the dotted lines of darts with one another. Pin it and sew along the dotted line. Do this to all 4 of the outer and lining pieces. The semi-circles without darts drawn on them make up the flap.
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Step Five: Assemble the outside of the bag. Place the two pieces of fabric with darts and interfacing right sides together, pin, and sew them together around the curved portion following the drawn sticking lines. Clip the curves with the fabric scissors. This is the outside of the bag. Flip it right side out.
Step Six: Assemble the lining of the bag. Place the two pieces of fabric with darts but no interfacing right sides together, pin, and sew them together around the curved portion following the drawn sticking lines. LEAVE AN OPENING AT THE BOTTOM! Clip the curves with the fabric scissors. This is the lining of the bag.
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Step Seven:  The semi circles without darts drawn on them make up the flap. Let’s assemble that now. Place the two of them right sides together, pin, and sew all the way around the rounded part leaving only the one flat edge unsewn. Then clip the curves with the fabric scissors. Flip it right side out.
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Step Eight:  Now lets work on the strap! Apply the interfacing to the strap pieces. Then place the fabric right sides together and stick them together along one of the short edges to make one long strap. Then fold the long stray in half longways and press with the iron. Open it up and using the press line in the middle as a guide, fold both edges in to meet in the middle. Press again. Then Fold it in half and stick it all the way down close to the edges.
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Step Nine: Take the flap and pin it to the back of the outside of the bag matching up the raw edges. Then line up the raw edges of the strap, one at each corner of the flap. Pin them together like that and baste stitch them together. To baste stick is to use a very long stitch in order to keep pieces together in the meantime.
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Step Ten: Place the outside of the bag with the flap and strap attached inside of the lining. The lining should have the right sides on the inside and the outside of the bag should have the right sides on the outside. By placing the outside inside of the lining, they are right sides together. Really stuff it in there so that you can line the raw top edges up. Pin all the way around the top opening.
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Step Eleven: Sew all the way around the top opening along the drawn line. Then using the hole in the lining, flip it all right side out. Then all that is left to do is some pressing and sewing the opening of the lining closed. The directions also say to top stick around the opening of the bag, but I personally didn’t think that was needed. But know that it is an option that could give your bag a professional look.
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Step Twelve: Add a magnetic closure, leather embellishment, and/ or tassel to the bottom of the flap. Did you know that you can make a tassel out of embroidery floss? You sure can! Just tie a piece of the floss around the rest of it towards the top and trim the bottoms to make it whatever size you want!

So what do you think? I know there are a lot of steps, but more complicated sewing projects like this can be a really fun challenge to take on especially with the help of the Cricut Maker! I love that I am able to DIY instead of buying! I now have a sweet new DIY Sling Bag to be my everyday purse. It is a great size to fit everything you need without adding too much bulk! It is so perfect!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

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