Triangle Zipper Purse with Daffodils - Art Nouveau Style

This amazing project, together with the instructions, was contributer by Sari Tolfmark. Sari, thank you so much, it is one of a kind! Sari used the Daffodils designs for the purse, which turned out more like an original jewelry box, or sewing supplies case. Take a look at the photo of ready project, and below there's a list of required supplies, and "step-by-step" instructions.



Supplies List:
  • Linen for designer fabric (30 cm x 150 cm)
  • Plain white cotton for lining (30 cm x 150 cm)
  • Heavy duty tearaway backing (30 cm x 150 cm)
  • 2 plastic zippers, each about 25 cm long
  • Embroidery thread in originally suggested colors


  • Important Memo: Before starting any sewing I had to enlarge the triangle so it would fit the panels long side and add a satin stitch rim around both pieces. This is something I think you could do to update your set.

    Detailed Instruction:

    Step 1: Cut a piece of tearaway backing.

    cut a piece of vildona for stabilizer


    Step 2: Set up for embroidery - slid a piece of backing under the fabric, and hoop.

    set up for sewing slid a piece of vildona under


    Step 3: Cut a piece cotton for lining.

    cut a piece cotton for lining


    Step 4: Push the cotton piece under embroidery right before sewing the satin stitch outline.

    push the cotton piece under embroidery before sewing satin stitch


    Step 5: Pin the cotton to top fabric, to keep it in place.

    pin cotton to fabric to keep in place


    Step 6: Trim edges to 0.04 inch (1 cm) width.

    trim edges to 1 cm width


    Step 7: Pull out excess tearaway.

    pull out excess vildona


    Step 8: Sew one panel and trim to satin stitch.

    sew one panel and trim to satin stitch


    Step 9: Sew two panels and trim opposite edges to 0.04 inch (1 cm), the others to satin stitch.

    sew two panels and trim opposite edges to 1 cm, the others to satin stitch


    Step 10: Trim bottom piece to satin stitch.

    trim bottom piece to satin stitch


    Step 11: Trim top piece like this, bottom side to satin stitch and the others to 0.04 inch (1 cm).

    trim top piece like this, bottom side to satin stitch and the others to 1 cm


    Step 12: Sew a satin stitch on the 0.04 inch (1 cm) edges.

    sew a satin stitch on the 1 cm edges
    close up on satin stitch


    Step 13: Trim the excess from edges.

    trim the excess from edges


    Step 14: Align bottom piece and side panels like this:

    align bottom piece and side panels like this


    Step 15: Stitch side panels to bottom piece with 0.2 inch (0.5 cm) wide satin stitch, leave panel sides open.

    stitch  side panels to bottom piece with 5mm wide satin stitch, leave panel sides open




    Step 16: Sew panel sides together, first with long zigzag then with satin stitch.

    sew panel sides together first with long zigzag then with satin stitch


    close up on panels sewn together


    Step 17: Sew by hand the last cm which can't be sewn by machine.

    sew by hand the last cm which can't be sewn by machine


    Step 18: Sew zippers on to top piece by using the trimmed 0.04 inch (1 cm) edges as sewing allowance.

    sew zippers on to top piece by using the trimmed 1 cm edges as sewing allowance


    Step 19: Fold zipper to the back of top piece, and sew from top side a straight stitch along the satin stitch which goes around the embroidery.

    fold zipper to the back of top piece and sew from top side a straight stitch along the satin stitch which goes around the embroidery


    Step 20: When sewing the lower part of zipper in place, remember to fold the excess part in the beginning of the zipper round the allowance edge to keep it nice. Fold down zipper and sew from outside a lock stitch following the small satin stitch. Sew stopstitches, to prevent zipper from breaking. Sew top in place first with loose zig zag and then with 0.2 inch (0.5cm) satin stitch. Cut off excess zipper, and Voilá - the dressing case or jewelry case is finnished. You can even put a small pad lock on it.

    sew stopstitches to avoid zipper to break


    Here is the purse, open and closed:

    the finished purse
    open purse


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