Saturday, March 14, 2009

No Sew Purse in 5 Minutes

I have made several of these little "hobo-style" bags in different colors so I have one to go with everything. You will be pleasantly surprised at how much you can actually fit into this purse. They are fabulous for spring and summer to carry all of those essentials- cell phone, sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm and your wallet or checkbook. I kid you not, you will fall in love with them!

I found these handkerchiefs at my local Pat Catan's for $1 each!!! They had every color under the sun and I may have to go back for more. I thought they would make cute gifts for my nieces. I think they would also make nice Easter baskets or Mother's Day gifts. A teller at our bank liked my red one so much that she borrowed it to make some for her Red Hat Society group!

Begin by pressing your handkerchief. Mine measures 22 X 22 and I measured in 8 inches from the corner. Tie a knot in each corner at about the 8 inch mark. Then, tie two of the ends together with a double knot. Repeat the double knot with the other two handles and you're done!!!

I suggest really working to tighten the knots so they don't work their way loose with all of your things inside. You can also make a bag like this out of a larger handkerchief (think of the cool vintage ones at thrift stores and garage sales) to carry your beach essentials this summer!

Heather is a wife, mom,
school cafeteria worker,
councilwoman and babysitter from Ohio.
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The Fat Bottomed Girl.


  1. These are adorable and my daughter would love one to hold all of her "jewelery". I'm heading to the $ store tomorrow to see what I can find!

  2. These would be great to make for all the little girl parties we get invited to! I'm thinking a pink one filled some girlie chapstick, play jewelry and a little brush.

  3. I'm thinking this would make a great Easter basket as well! Thanks!

  4. You can also make a nifty cap using the same technique. tie a knot in each corner and pop it on the kid's head. It looks silly enough they might just keep it on...

  5. these are just too cute! I'm going to be trying this out with a couple of vintage silk scarves, might make it with 2 though (back to back) so it's reversible and a bit stronger for my massive phone and beach gear hehe! Tahnsk for the tutorial :)

  6. AMAZING!!!!!!!! My kids wouls love this...


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