Free Purse Pattern

Susan Beck
Free Purse Pattern

Silk Palm Purse

Create a simple but elegant drawstring bag adorned with glamorous beads and a hanging tassel.


  • 10"x20" rectangle each of mediumweight silk fabric, lining fabric & fusible interfacing
  • Tear-away stabilizer
  • Thread: lightweight polyester or nylon monofilament
  • 32"-long 1/4"-diameter decorative cord
  • 20"-long strand of prestrung or molded beads
  • 50 to 80 individual beads (bead diameter determined by needle size)
  • Temporary spray adhesive
  • Removable fabric marker
  • Beading foot


Download the purse pattern. Cut two purses each from the silk and lining fabrics. Transfer the pattern markings to the exterior pieces, using a removable fabric marker.

Fuse the interfacing to the exterior wrong sides, following the manufacturer's instructions. Place the exterior wrong sides over the stabilizer, using temporary spray adhesive to secure.


Thread the needle and bobbin with monofilament thread. Install a beading foot with a large enough tunnel or groove to accommodate the bead-strand diameter.

Select a zigzag stitch that's wide enough to encase both bead strand edges without penetrating the actual strand. Select a stitch length equivalent to one bead length. Stitch the prestrung or molded bead strand across the exterior right sides, following the pattern markings.

Following the instructions in "Attaching Individual Beads," attach the individual beads at the bead placement marks.

Carefully remove the stabilizer by holding the stitches with one hand while tearing way the stabilizer with the other hand.


Use 1/4" seam allowances unless otherwise noted.

Thread the machine with matching silk or polyester thread in the needle and bobbin. Stitch the exterior and lining darts with right sides together. Press the darts toward one side.

With right sides together, stitch the exterior pieces along one side seam using a zipper foot; finger-press open the seam. Repeat to stitch the lining.

With right sides together, stitch the exterior and lining along the upper edge; finger-press the seam allowances toward the lining.

Fold the purse lengthwise with right sides together. Stitch the exterior and lining side seam, leaving an opening between the dots for the casing (3). Finger-press open the seam.

Push the lining into the exterior purse with right sides together, matching the lower edges.Make sure the exterior fabric extends 1/2" beyond the upper edge. Stitch in the ditch 1/2" from the upper edge to form the drawstring casing (4).

Position the tassel between the exterior lower-edge layers, following the pattern markings; stitch the exterior lower edge.

Turn the purse right side out through the lining opening. Finger-press the opening allowance to the wrong side; edgestitch the opening closed.

Insert one decorative cord end through the casing opening. Pull the cord through to the opposite opening. Knot the cord end; trim. Position the knotted ends toward the purse side seam. Pull the cord to close the purse.


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