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Presidio Purse Sewalong: Cross-Shoulder Strap

When my awesome pattern testers were sewing up their Presidio Purses, a few people made changes to their pattern (like making it smaller) and a few people requested changes to the pattern (like making the strap adjustable). The lovely Jana hacked her purse handle so she could carry the bag across her shoulder. Here, in the final post of Presidio Purse sewalong, this tutorial explains how to lengthen your presidio purse strap and how to make the strap adjustable. Making the strap long enough to go over your shoulder is very simple. All you have to do is cut all the strap pieces (whichever view you’re using) in the center of the strap and separate them by a number of inches. I found that moving my pieces 10 inches apart was a great across-the-shoulder length for me, but you can experiment a bit with what works well for you. Cutting …

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Presidio Purse Sewalong: Front Pocket Hidden in the Inset

I love pockets. And secret pockets? Even cooler. While the Presidio Purse¬†already has two interior pockets and a bonus tutorial for how to add a patch pocket to the front, I wanted to add one more tutorial for secret hidden pockets. So, follow this tutorial if you want to turn the front insets into functional hidden zipper pockets. You will need (in addition to the standard purse front and inset): 14″ or longer zipper and 2 plain insets cut from lining fabric. I’m showing this tutorial on a plain purse inset because it is easier than a gathered inset. If you really want a gathered purse inset, start by gathering the top of your purse inset so that at 1/2″ in (the seamline), it is 14″ across the top. Even if your purse inset is gathered, your pocket insets will still be plain. Sew a zipper to the top of …

Presidio Purse Sewalong: Shrunken Purse

So, you like the Presidio Purse but don’t feel the need to carry the kitchen sink around with you? Have a petite frame and worry about being overwhelmed by your purse? How about following the example of the creative Kelly of Flowercat Designs and Erin of F is for Flamingo and shrinking your purse? The nice thing about using a pdf pattern for this purse is that you can print it at whatever size you would like. Kelly printed hers at 80% while Erin printed hers at 75%. Because you are scaling all pieces evenly, everything should still fit together exactly as marked. The only place that you will probably need to make changes is to your strap. The strap is fairly short on this purse in its native state, so it will probably be too short when shrunken. Remember that shrinking the purse also shrinks the width of the …

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Presidio Purse Sewalong: Adding Piping

Adding piping is a fun way to add a pop of color or a bit of definition to your purse. Dangerously Alice added a couple of different colors to hers and they sure make an otherwise plain bag pop (along with that great topstitching!)! Ellen put piping in just around the front inset to really make the design detail stand out while using the same fabric throughout. Shanni put piping around the edges of the Bottom/Sides which plays up the round shape of the bag. When I sewed my most recent presidio purse, I put it on every seam. So play around with piping color and placement – you can get a lot of different effects with a simple design decision. Adding piping to a seam isn’t that hard. If you are comfortable inserting zippers, you can totally handle piping! After you’ve decided where you want to put your piping, …

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Presidio Purse Variation: External Pockets

This customization option was the brainchild of Tia Cuervito. She wanted her cell phone and keys to be even more readily accessible than using pockets inside the purse and decided to add an additional pocket to the outside. One way to add an extra pocket on the outside of your purse is to exactly follow the instructions for the internal pocket/s but instead sew them out of your main fabric and sew them to the purse Back instead of the Back Lining. You will want to cut the pocket pieces out of your main fabric instead of your lining fabric. If you follow the alternative fully finished internal pocket instructions, you will want to use one piece of main fabric and one piece of lining fabric for each pattern piece. I’m going to walk you through how to sew a basic patch pocket to the back of the purse that …