Step 2: Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the inside fabric.Step 3: Make a template for your initial to applique to the purse. You can use just about anything for the template. I used my niece's first initial. I found a font that I liked on the computer and enlarged the font and printed it. Step 4: Cut out your template and turn it over. Trace it onto your fusible bonding material. I use HeatnBond. It is really easy to use and holds really well. It is stiff at first but softens in the wash. For any letters, you must trace them backwards. After tracing cut out the letter but not on the line. (see below)Step 5: Peel off the back of the Heatnbond and iron the letters onto the wrong side of your fabric. I made 2 K's because I wanted one on the inside and outside of the purse so she could use it either way. After ironing, cut out the letter on the line.Step 6: Peel off the back paper to expose the fusible side. Place the letter where you want it on the purse... and iron it in place (Remember fusible side down).(My finished products) Here, you can sew around the edge of the letter to hold it down more permanently. I was in a hurry so I didn't do that, but I would next time. A zig-zag stitch works the best.
Step 7: Place purse pieces right sides together and pin the top edges and the bottom curve. (So you won't pin the U shaped curve at the top or the sides of the handles)
Step 8: Sew the top 2 straight edges (backstitch start and stop) and the bottom curve. (use a 1/4 inch stitch length for all seams)(this is where you would stop sewing the bottom curve)Step 9: Clip your curves. Martha does not include this in her instructions but it is super important to always clip curves so that you fabric can spread and lay flat when it is turned. Just be careful not to clip the stitching. Repeat these same steps with the other pieces.Step 10: Turn one set right side out and leave the other wrong side out. Step 11: Place one set inside the other (right sides together), match your side seams and pin in place along the U shaped curve in the middle. (mine looks like it is right side facing up, but that is the backside of the fabric. It is just really bright)Step 12: Sew along the U shaped curve (go all the way around and back to where you started), backstitching when you start and stop. Clip your curves. Turn the bag right side out through one of the openings left on the side. Tuck one layer of the purse inside the other (shown here). Tuck handles underneath each other. Step 13: Press with an iron to flatten your curved edge.
Step 14: This is the hardest part because you are working with a small area and it is difficult to get the iron in here. Tuck under 1/4 " on each side of the remaining openings and pin together. I just finger pressed as I went. Step 15: Sew around remaining openings. These stitches will be seen so try and be really neat and sew close to the edge. Step 16: I decided to topstitch around the U shaped curve as well. Step 17: Tuck the long handle under the short one and you are done. The purse is small but I think it is the perfect size for a little girl. Of course if you want it larger, just start by enlarging your pattern more. You could add ric-rac or any other kind of embelishments also. I think these would be fun to give as a take home prize from a party. Once you make one, you could mass produce these. It is a great beginner sewing project.