Tutorial ~ Bracelet Purse Tutorial With Free Pattern

by Destri on February 16, 2012

Free Bracelet Purse Tutorial and Pattern
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I have a fun little pattern for you today!  I love when you can dig through your scrap bucket, pick out some of your favorite little pieces and whip out a project in less than an hour.  That’s sewing satisfaction at it’s best.  My little one is a purse girl, she packs a bag wherever she goes. I’ve seen these cute little bracelet purses before, and finally got around to making one.  I wrote up a tutorial for you, and included a free pattern for the purse too. Free Bracelet Purse Tutorial with Pattern It’s super simple, and of course I’ve included more detail than you usually need – making this a great project for beginners.  I am also thinking it would be a sweet addition to all those cute Summer and Easter Dresses you have planned too.  And gifts, just fill it up with all sorts of goodies and you’ll be the favorite – lot’s of possibilities!   Catch me after the jump for the free PDF download and tutorial.

Fun Little Bracelet Purse Tutorial

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  • 2 bangle bracelets – I bought a pack of 18 at Walmart for under $6
  • fabric – I used 2 coordinating fabrics (you can even reverse this purse, so keep that in mind)
  • all your sewing stuff
  • pattern


If there are any terms or techniques you are not familiar with, I have a Sewing Tips Directory that surely has an answer for you.

Download the pattern to your computer and print with no scaling.  I forgot to put an inch marker, but the pattern piece should measure 8 x 8 inch at the widest points.  It should look like this (I added text).  The seam allowance is included, so just cut along the lines.

You will need to cut 2 pieces for the outer fabric, and the lining giving you 4 pieces total. I folded my fabric in half and pinned the pattern to the fabric.  Pay attention to any directional fabric that you have the pattern in the right place. Then cut around the parameter of the bag, leaving the notches. Repeat on second fabric.

Then cut out the notches on both.

Remove the pins and pattern and you have four pieces.

Places two of the matching pieces with the right sides together on a flat working surface.  Measure two inches down from the top and pin on each side as shown in the picture. This will mark where to begin and stop sewing. You can add a few more pins around the edge to make sure the fabric doesn’t shift while sewing (I’m lazy).

I marked the photo so you can see where you are going to sew.  With a ¼ inch seam allowance (edge of fabric lines up with footer) start sewing on one side (make sure to always back stitch)  at the pin, stopping at the notch.  Then sew the bottom, and the the other side up to the pin.

When sewing around the rounded sides, it helps to stop when the needle is down, lift the foot and then move the fabric a little to make the curve, then lower the foot and sew to make a smooth arch.  I did this a couple times on both sides.

Repeat on the other two pieces.

Now pinch the fabric to match those notches up like shown.  It’s hard to explain, but it will make sense when you are sewing. I like to make sure my seams are folded in the same direction.

Then sew the two sides of the notch together.  Repeat on the remaining 3 notches.

Now the bottom of both pieces should look like this.  This makes it so you can get more in those little bags, and they stand up too :)

Now we’re going to press the seams out.  To make this easier, it’s best to iron it flat at the seam like shown above, and then fold and press at the seam.

When all pressed, both pieces should look like this.

Turn the outer piece right side out and fold the sides in at the top about a ¼ inch and press.  For the lining you will turn wrong side out, and fold the sides out and press a ¼ inch – so just the opposite.

Leaving the lining wrong side out, tuck it inside the outer piece lining up the seams.  The folded sides should line up like shown.

Sew the outer, and lining sides together, sewing along the edge start at the top of one side and then end at the point, clip thread.  Then start at the top on the other side, meeting the stitch from the other side at the point.  Repeat on other side of purse.  You’re almost there!

Fold over at the top a little less than a 1/2 inch and press on both sides.

Then fold over again a full ½ inch and press on both sides – this is making the casing for the bracelets.

Take a bracelet and slip under one fold.  You can see in the photo how I molded the fold around the bracelet while it was vertical, this prevents gathering.  At this point you can do a quick basting stitch by hand to hold that fold in place, but it is not necessary.

Now just slide the bracelet under the foot, and line up the fold under the foot leaving the bracelet vertical.  As you sew the bracelet will just rotate with you. Make sure the fabric doesn’t gather, smoothing as you go.  It really is easy.

Now just repeat on the other side, and you’re done!

The perfect little bag to stuff all those little trinkets and what-nots into that a girl just can’t leave home without.

Little Bracelet Purse

I wished I would have taken a picture of it reversed, it’s just as cute.  I want to make one with linen, then I think I could pull off packing it around :).

Little Bracelet Purse Tutorial

Slips over little arms perfectly, we’ve yet to leave the house without ours :)

It makes my day when you’ve tried something, so be sure to let me know and leave any questions you might have in the comments.

Thanks so much for reading and sharing friends, it makes it that much more fun to do.


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{ 48 comments… read them below or add one }

Jessica at Me Sew Crazy February 16, 2012 at 11:11 am

Des – this is AWESOME!!!


Destri February 16, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Thanks Jessica, I think we could pull one off, no?

Thanks for the pin!


Amber February 16, 2012 at 11:39 am

Very cute. And nice and easy directions. I’m pinning this on my “If I had a little girl…” board and will have to make these for some of my friends’ daughters.


Destri February 16, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Oh see, you’re one of those favorite friends. Thanks so much for sharing on Pinterest Amber!


tai February 16, 2012 at 12:16 pm

This is super adorable! My little girl would love this. PINNING!


Destri February 16, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Thanks so much for sharing Tai! I found you on Pinterest :)


Ihilani February 16, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Hhhmmmm….I really like this for when I’m carrying my iphone and nothing else. I trust this little bag sooo much more than my own two hands :)


Destri February 16, 2012 at 12:29 pm

I know, I am thinking brown wood bangles would be fun! Let’s make one!
Thanks Ihilani :)


Angela February 16, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Love, love, love! I have some fabric in mind to make your pj pants with and now I want to make a matching purse! I know, a purse and pjs sounds weird but for my daughter it’s not – it will be the perfect place for her cuddly to sleep at the end of road trips! I’ll post pics when it’s all done!


Angela February 16, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Oh – and I love the iPhone carrier idea so I might just make a matching one for mommy too!! ;)


Kim February 16, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Destri, this is so cute. I am making some for my girls. This would make a great party favor, too. I really like this idea.


Suzanne February 16, 2012 at 2:51 pm

this is the most adorable little purse for little hands.


Aubrey February 16, 2012 at 7:48 pm

So cute! You will be proud of me…I went and bought fabric to make my girls easter skirts. Hopefully I’ll have some leftover fabric to make these cute purses!


Tiffany February 17, 2012 at 4:20 am

This is a must try!


Andrea @ Addicted2Tutes February 18, 2012 at 7:59 am

Cute – Here’s one I made last year. It was a fun project!


Emily February 18, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Love this! And thanks for the “pin it” button – makes it so easy to pin from the source!! :)


Mod Podge Amy February 19, 2012 at 5:16 pm

This is so cute!! I can hardly stand it.


Destri March 14, 2012 at 4:13 am

Aw Amy, I love to see your little badge pop up :) Thank you dear :)


Amanda February 24, 2012 at 2:35 pm

if I can’t find the bracelets…. would ribbon work if I stitched it at the bottom so it wouldn’t ‘slide’ around?
SUPER cute, and THANK YOU!!!


Destri February 24, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Yes, ribbon would work fine! I would think rope on the spool would be fun too. As for slipping around, I don’t think that would be a problem. Have fun, and your welcome!


Jennifer February 27, 2012 at 5:38 pm


Just wanted to let you know that I have mentioned this post on my blog http://www.eatcraftsow.blogspot.com. If there is anything you would like me to remove please let me know. Thanks Jennifer


Destri March 14, 2012 at 4:12 am

Thanks Jennifer! You have a wonderful blog, I am super envious of that magnolia tree :)


Sharon March 4, 2012 at 4:25 pm

I just got around to making the bracelet purse for my 3 yr. old niece. Your instructions and the photos were a great tutorial! It couldn’t have been easier. Thanks.


Destri March 14, 2012 at 4:09 am

Yay! Thanks for letting me know Sharon.


Amanda March 13, 2012 at 5:32 pm

found the bracelets… these were SUCH a hit! My friends want me to make them some…;) Thank you again!:)


Destri March 14, 2012 at 4:15 am

Oh you did, great! Thanks so much for letting me know :)


Pillowsalamode April 2, 2012 at 6:42 am

I made two this weekend! So cute! Thanks for the idea, pattern, and tutorial!


Destri April 11, 2012 at 6:31 am

You’re welcome! Thanks so much for the mention, I really appreciate it!


megan April 6, 2012 at 2:35 pm

This pattern is fantastic!! I just made some with matching skirts for my nieces for Easter!! I love shrugging about your blog, thank you for all the inspiration!! :)


Destri April 11, 2012 at 5:55 am

Oh I bet you were the favorite Aunt :)
Thanks so much for letting me know, and hey, I love shrugging too :)


megan April 6, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Meant to say everything! Lol


Robin in New Jersey May 17, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Adorable! My granddaughter will be 4 on May 31st. I think one of these is in order!


Destri May 19, 2012 at 10:38 am

Oh yes, perfect gift! They make great party favor bags too…


Isabel May 17, 2012 at 3:19 pm

I just found this through pinterest and just wanted to say thank you!
It is so lovely and perfect for my little nieces… I just need to find some bracelets ASAP :)))


Destri May 19, 2012 at 10:36 am

I just found some fun ones at claires with jewels, thinking I need to make some more!


Teefah May 17, 2012 at 3:38 pm

The step by step guidelines and pictures makes me want to try it right away!


Destri May 19, 2012 at 10:34 am

It’s a fun one!


PATRICIA May 18, 2012 at 8:01 am

so cute in neat I’am gong too make my two granddaugther one to match their dresses i just made them thank you for this wonderful Ideal!!


Dita June 15, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Oh they are so cute…I am going to make one for my grand daughter with a maching sundress or so. Look for an easy sun dress pattern now. Thank you so much for sharing.



Destri June 26, 2012 at 11:58 am

You’re welcome! Here is an entire collection of my favorite summer dresses, hope it helps!


Natasha October 1, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Thanks for the tutorial, just what I was looking for! I’m making one for my two girls and nieces!


Heather October 1, 2012 at 9:28 pm

I’m a true beginner, and I’m now almost finished making 9 of these for party favors for my daughter’s 3 year birthday party. They didn’t take me long at all, and they turned out so cute!! Thank you for the step by step, detailed instructions with great pictures!


Marisa October 25, 2012 at 6:58 am

What a fantastic idea! I just made one for my little girl and blogged about it: http://thirtynineblog.blogspot.com.au/2012/10/tomorrow.html
Thanks so much for the great tutorial.


Lia January 31, 2013 at 10:56 am

Fabulous! Just found your blog and love your DIY projects. Thank you for sharing the great tutorial & the pattern.


Nellie February 20, 2013 at 12:31 am

I’m so happy to have found this on Pinterest! I think I’ll try this did my niece tomorrow!! Do you think I could add interfacing to one of the fabrics to make it a bit sturdier/stiff? Thanks for this tutorial!



RG February 22, 2013 at 9:49 am

I was looking for a design suitable for bangle bracelet evening bag and this looks perfect! With some sparkly bangles and silk dupionni, I’ll create a bag to match my dress. Thanks for the tutorial!


nicky Kellett July 29, 2013 at 3:29 pm

a fantastic idea, I’m definitely giving this ago, hopefully I can make a few for my little girl’s tea party instead of party bags thanks very much for the inspiration xxx ♡ xxx


Fran February 3, 2014 at 11:26 am

This is a lovely project. Thanks so much.


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