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Magazine Purse
Henrietta shares directions on how to make a purse using magazine pages.

Materials Needed:

  • National Geographic Magazine (or another magazine)
  • Neutral color thread
  • Scissors
  • Craft Knife
  • Iron-on adhesive interfacing (Heat N Bond, etc.)
  • Cording
  • Grommets or large eyelets
This particular pattern uses National Geographic magazine but any magazine will work.

Cut out pages from National Geographic very carefully. You will need 2 large pieces for the front and back, 2 for the sides, and 1 for the bottom. You pieces will be:

  • 9 ½" x 6" - 2 pieces for front and back of bag
  • 9 ½" x 3" – 2 pieces for sides of bag
  • 6" x 3" – 1 piece for bottom of bag

Cut your iron-on adhesive interfacing so it is about 2-inches ;asrger than your magazine pages. Attach the iron-on adhesive interfacing to what will be the back side of your pattern pieces by following the manufacturers directions on the package. Make sure you have about 1-inch extra of on each side of your magzine pieces; this makes it easier to line all your pattern pieces up for sewing.

Lay the front panel on your work surface with the interfacing side down. Carefully line up both of the side pieces,one at a time along the side edges of your front page and sew a straight seem leaving about a 1/2-inch seam allowance on the page. Make sure you sew leaving the magazine page edge as your guide and not the interfacing edge. Attach the back panel the same way by lining up the side edges, right sides together, with the side pieces and sewing.

Now comes the hard part. Line up your bottom piece even with the edges of the 4 panels of the purse that you have already sewed. If one side is a little long or wide, trim it to fit. I know that it is awkward but do the best you can by sewing up the bottom, one side at a time. You may need to bend the bag a little but sew as straight as possible.

Measure out where the grommets (or eyelets) will go on the sides of your bag for the handle. Install according to manufacturers directions. Use either a ribbon or cording as a handle and tie this off inside the purse.

OPTIONS: To make the bag stronger, simply reinforce all 4 panels with additional National Geographic pages. Use Therm-o-Web on each of these. Place the matching sides together and they will stick to each other. For the handle, you could use webbing. Place the webbing between the sheets of magazine paper on each side of your bag. If you want fabric lining, just measure out the material about ½" longer and wider on each side. Fold these sides down and glue the fabric on the paper on all 4 sides.

Most of all, have fun!!

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