Thursday, July 30, 2009

Flannel Rag Quilt Purse Tutorial


You will need:
14 6-inch squares of flannel for outside of purse
14 6-inch squares of flannel for inside of purse
14 5-inch squares of batting (I used Warm and Natural)
6 strips of flannel (2" x 26") for the straps. 2 of the strips will be the middle layer of the straps.

1. Lay out your squares in the design you want. Do this for the outside of the purse and the inside. Pair up the squares from outside and inside, with a layer of batting in the middle.
Front: 4 squares
Back: 4 squares
Side: 2 squares
Side: 2 squares
Bottom: 2 squares

Tip: Take a picture of your squares all layed out. It is helpful to refer back to the picture if your squares become mixed up in the process of sewing.

2. Sew the 3 layers together with an X.

3. Sew the squares together, with the seams all facing the outside of the purse. Keep sewing squares together until you have sewn the sides, front and back all in one piece. Sew the 2 bottom pieces together in the same fashion, but keep them separate from the rest of the purse squares (see picture below).

4. Sew along the top edge of the purse.
5. Sew the left-hand 2 squares to the right-hand 2 squares. Now you will have a tube.
6. The bottom 2 squares should already be sewn together. Now is the time to sew the bottom onto the body of the purse. Remember, seams all face outward.

7. To sew a strap, layer the bottom strip (right side down), then the middle strip, then the top strip (right side up). Sew a 1/2 inch seam along both sides of the strap. Repeat these steps for the 2nd strap.

8. Sew the two straps to the purse. I sewed in a square shape, but you can also do an X.

9. Now it is time to clip the seams. Make little clips (be sure not to cut through the stitching) every 1/2 inch or so. Make sure to do all of the seams, including the top edge of the purse and the straps.

10. Machine wash in cold water. After washing, wipe the inside of your washing machine, as there will be fringe left behind. Tumble dry. After drying, clean the lint trap. Again, there will be lots of fringe left behind.

Now you have a very pretty rag quilt purse!

Here's a picture of the inside:

Here is a slightly different rag quilt purse I made. My sister was nice enough to embrioder the little girl's name on the square beforehand. I made it with 6 squares on the front and back, so the name would be centered.


  1. Thanks so much for the clear, easy instructions! It may be time to break out my sewing machine.

    1. You could hand stitch it but sewing With a machine would be MUCH easier!

  2. Is there any way to do this project without a sewing machine?

  3. What a great project!
    Cant wait to have a go at making one!
    thanks for sharing!

  4. This is a great project! My sister & I made these bags. We used smaller squares & so used more squares. This way we could use more variety of patterns. They turned out really cute.

  5. this would make a great diaper bag... just when u need a few things...


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