This frame purse project is part of a bag making series by Christine Down.
If you missed the previous parts of this series find them here:
This tutorial shows you how to use a channel or “glue in” curved purse frame frame 8cm wide and 5cm high. You can buy purse frames from Sew Essential.
You will also need Gutermann Creativ HT2, and a small pointy tool for applying purse body to frame. Seam allowance is 1cm throughout.
Using your chosen pattern prepare the main bag body, lining, iron on interfacing and Thermolam fleece.
Iron the interfacing onto the wrong side of the main body pieces. Place the Thermolam onto the interfacing. Secure in place using pins, clips or 505 spray fabric glue. Place the pattern back onto the Thermolam and transfer the markings.
Place the main body pieces right sides together and pin in place. Stitch around the body pieces from side mark to side mark, leaving the top unsewn.
Pin the seams flat. Measure from the corner along the seam for 3cm. Mark Using a ruler draw a line across the corner at the 3cm mark.
Stitch across this line, repeat for the side. Clip the corners off then turn to the right way around.
Place the lining fabric wrong sides together. Stitch around the lining as you did for the main body, except this time leave a gap on the bottom of the lining.
Push the corners flat and stitch as you did for the main body. Leave the lining inside out and place the main body inside it. Pin around the tops.
Stitch around both sides of the top starting and finishing where the previous stitching ends.
Using the gap in the bottom of the lining, pull the bag body through the gap. Keep pulling until all the main fabric is outside the lining. Push the corners into shape and push both sides of the top out.
Stitch the gap closed. (You can either use your machine and topstitch or slipstitch by hand.)
Apply the glue into one channel of the frame and to the top seam of one side of the bag body.
Once you have glued ONE SIDE ONLY of the frame and the bag body, leave until the glue is no longer tacky, about 10 minutes
As this is contact glue, the glue will “grab” when it touches even after it has lost its tackiness. Using the pointy tool (I use a metal grouting tool, but a small, flat screwdriver or embroidery scissors could be used). Push the glued bag top into the glued channel. Make sure the corner of the bag top lines up with hinge on the frame.
Repeat for the other side. Again, wait until the glue is practically dry before pushing into the frame. Check the front and the back sides of the frame to make sure the lining and the main fabric are both pushed in properly. Try not to get glue onto the fabric as it is very hard to remove. Glue on the metal frame, on the other hand, is easy to remove by picking it off once it dries. Any remaining glue can be removed with Eucalyptus oil on a clean cotton cloth.
Take some piping cord and push it into the frame from the lining side. Push it in to the extent that it can’t be seen.