Simple Purse Project

Rae Cumbie
Simple Purse Project

Download the pattern to create the cube-shaped purse featured in the Dec/Jan '12 issue.

Purse Pattern


ONLINE-ONLY BONUS: Changeable Purse

Make a neutral cube bag, and then create a collection of interchangeable sheer purse covers to match different outfits.


  • 1/2 yard each of dark linen or cotton fabric, coordinating lining & sheer fabric
  • 3/4 yard of heavyweight fusible interfacing
  • 1/2 yard of sheer fabric
  • 6" square of linen or shantung (cover base)
  • Serger
  • Seam sealant
  • 1 yard of cording (optional)


Cut and construct the bag following the instructions, but attach only one handle before adding the lining (A).

Download the cover-side pattern. From the sheer fabric, cut four cover sides.

Set the serger for a rolled edge, following the machine manual. Serge-finish the cover-side edges, stitching from the lower edge toward the point. Serge-finish the cover-base edges. Apply a drop of seam sealant to the thread tails. Let dry; trim.

With wrong sides together, align two cover sides; pin. Stitch from the lower edge to the bag upper-edge point, as indicated on the cover-side pattern. Repeat to stitch the remaining cover sides.

With wrong sides together, stitch the cover base to the cover-side lower edges (B).

Insert the purse into the cover, aligning the side seams. Tie the two cover tails that align with the handles over the purse handle, and then tie the remaining cover tails to close the bag when in use.


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# of sides
should there be 4 pieces cut of interfacing, lining and fashion fabric for the sides? looks funny otherwise:-)
Complete PDF please
Please include instructions and pattern in one PDF. Thanks!
PDF Files
It would be so much more helpful if all pattern pages and the instructions would come as one PDF file. Thanks!
File found :)
Thank you so much.
downloading square affair purse pattern
unable to download the pattern for the square affair purse
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Purse Pattern
Error- no file. Will it be reposted later?
Square Affair purse
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ditto, only get an error
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Looks like i'm not the only one !!!
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When I clicked on the lin for the purse pattern, it stated file not found?!
Square Purse -
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