Small shoulder Purse - pdf Sewing Pattern

Small shoulder Purse - pdf Sewing Pattern



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This small shoulder purse is a little gem that can hold a cell phone, a passport, or anything else you consider a bare essential that's on the small side. The outside cover moves up and down the strap – pull it up and reveal the inside 2 pockets, pull it down and cover the two pockets.

I saw a beautiful collection of Japanese "Inros" at The Field Museum in Chicago and my head started working on how I could incorporate that into a current day design. An Inro was a small container that hung on a cord and was meant to carry small items (since the fashions then didn’t include pockets). Thus was born this purse.

You can have a great time adding fun, personal touches to the outside. It's small enough that you can even splurge on a fabulous silk and it won't break the bank. I made my first two for my girlfriends and went all out with the straps (six ribbons braided together) and beads to add a special touch.

Included are four pages of instructions (decimal and metric measurements), six photos and pattern pieces. Also, visit my blog ( ) for tutorials on how to make the fabric beads as well as the cover fabric pictured.
Advanced Beginner Level (see below for list of supplies)

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Fabric - 1/4 yard (23cm) of outer fabric for purse cover
- 1/4 yard (23cm) of outer fabric for inside pockets
- 1/4 yard (23cm) of lining fabric
Notions - 1/4 yard (23cm)of iron-on heavy interfacing
43" (109cm) of 3/8" (1cm) diameter cording OR of
1 1/2" (4cm) wide outer fabric for strap
Optional - decorative tassels, beads, buttons, etc, for
3 "Pulls"

Copyright © 2010- You may sell what you make, but please give attribution to me, Christie Minchew, or Sweetbriar Studio for the design. Thank you!

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5 out of 5 stars

JoAnne Apodaca Aug 12, 2015

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anne dost Oct 12, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

Love this pattern! So easy to follow! I made mine a little bigger, and added a zip in the middle to fit my needs. Great pattern Thankyou!

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Jennifer Bierds May 7, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

This pattern was well written and easy to follow. I made the organizer the same day I downloaded the pattern, and it turned out great!

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Marcy Schroeder May 24, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

Instructions were easy! I made an organizer in a little over an hour. I love it! Its just what I needed!

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