Saturday 12 November 2011

Vintage Rose Frame Purse: Tutorial and Pattern

Hi everyone! I'm Tanya from Craft Couture by T.C. I posted this tutorial on my blog and thought I should share it here as well.

This is a frame purse I recently made:

Materials you will need:
Cotton Fabrics for body and lining

Fleece or quilt batting
3.5" (or 8.5 cm) metal clasp

Pattern or tracing paper
Sewing pins

Seam allowance: 1/4" (or 0.7 cm.)

Note: when you print out the pattern; please make sure that in your print properties, the scaling is set to "None".
The pattern is in a pdf format. So, the acrobat reader is required.

Sewing Body and Lining:

1. Trace the pattern on to the fabrics and cut main fabrics, lining fabrics, and batting according to the pattern guideline. Sew the batting onto the main fabrics (in this case, I use the sew-in type but if you use another type, just follow the manufacturer guideline).

2. We will start with the main fabrics, sew pattern A with B, then sew another piece of A followed by another piece of B: A+B+A+B

3. Trim off excess fleece/ quilt batting and then clip along the curve of the purse

4. Repeat step 2 and 3 for the lining fabrics

5. Insert the main focus fabric bag into the lining bag, right side together as shown in picture, then sew across the top but leave one side open

6. Then turn the right side out, press and topstitch across the opening(0.3 cm. or 1/8" seam allowance).

Sewing frame and purse:

I use pictures and instructions from the mini-coin purse tutorial.

7. fold the purse in half and make a mark; then align the mark with the middle hole of the purse frame (work on one side at a time)

8. Use pins to lock the marked position and the two ends, make sure that the lining is well tucked inside the frame (Tip: using stilletto or crochet hook to insert the lining inside the frame)

9. Roughly sew the frame with the purse body to lock the aligned positions

10. Using double threads, starting from one end, insert the needle under the frame to pass through the 1st hole of the frame then move to the 2nd hole

11. Once the needle pass through the liner (about 45 degree angle) in the back (Tip: make sure that it comes out just right next to the frame), insert the needle back through the liner close to the point where the needle first came out as much as possible -- then pass the needle (about 45 degree angle) through the second hole again to the front -- this will make your liner looks neat without seeing the stitches

12. Repeating the same steps but now move from the 2nd hole to the 3rd hole and so on ^-^

13. Work on the other side -- then You are DONE...Yeah!!

Please leave me any question or comment you might have. I will be happy to answer.

Thank you for visiting my blog and hope to see you again soon!


  1. Thank you very much Tilly for your kind words. :)

  2. Thanks for the clear instructions. I've never managed to use a purse frame properly and tend to give up halfway through. Will definitely try your method.

  3. Thanks for sharing the pattern. And nice pictures of DIY, so it will not be easy for beginners like me :)

  4. Thank you - this is beautiful (love your fabrics!)

  5. I`m lucky to find your tutorial so I can make me a frame purse, I have been searching long time for a pattern! Thank you so much!

  6. I'm having problems printing out the pattern. It's a lovely little purse, but I need the pattern. Don't know whether the problem is at your end or mine. Thanks for any help! Thank you for sharing your tutorial!

  7. I finally found a website that gives the BEST description on how to assembly the coin purses. thank you so very much for your kindness in sharing this project.

  8. absolutely gorgeous...cant find the pattern? thanks for showing where pattern is :-)