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A little girl's purse – a project for big and little girls to make together!

Posted by  ·  May 21, 2009  ·  Last Updated: May 21, 2009


Leigh Ann from the object project is sharing a quick and easy way to make a darling purse for a little girl (or with just the right fabric could be a fun night out clutch for us big girls).


Leigh Ann writes……..


I wanted to post a quick little project that mothers and daughters can make together!


My daughter, Audrey, is four years old. She and I often make things together. Audrey calls our creative time together our “craft show” because she likes to pretend we’re being filmed in front of an audience! We must explain each step of our project in detail to the “camera”. We even take “commercial breaks” to fit in some popscicle time! I really think she’s destined to be the next great HGTV or DIY host!


Take a few minutes with your daughter (or grand-daughter, or niece) to make this sweet little purse she’ll love to tote around. And let her pitch in to the extent her skills (and attention span) will allow!


What you’ll need…


One fat quarter of fabric, two plastic bracelets, scissors or rotary cutter and mat, needle and thread, buttons for decoration is desired.  You’ll be using a DVD for your pattern!


1. Let your daughter pick out her favorite DVD to use for the project. Fold your fat quarter in half.  Open the DVD and lay it on the fold of the fabric and cut around it. If your daughter is old enough to use scissors, you can trace around the DVD and let her cut the shape out.


2. Open the piece and lay it flat. Fold down about 1″ on the top and the bottom and press.


3. Fold in half again, right sides facing this time, and press. Sew from the fold up to about 1.5″ from the top (before you get to the fold). You may want to stop 2″ or 3″ from the top, depending on how big your little one’s hands are. Repeat on the other side. If she knows how to use the sewing machine, let your daughter have a go at the 2 seams!


4. Turn the bag right side out. Take one of the plastic bracelets and place it under the top fold. Handstitch the bracelet into the fold, gathering the fabric around the bracelet as you go. Repeat on the other side.




5. Add buttons or ribbon to embellish the purse if desired. Let your daughter stuff it with her treasures!



This is Audrey modeling her new purse (and her mango smoothie).


You might want to make a matching headband or corsage. Leigh Ann tells you how with more clever tutorials.  She also has some patterns for sale at her shop, Strawberry Truffle.  Thanks Leigh Ann!


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  2. Mara
    Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
    CUTE I'm going to make these as soon as I get some plastic bracelets.
  3. Debbie
    Thursday, October 6th, 2011
    I was looking for a purse to make for a special little girls birthday and ran across this one. I am gonna make this and monogram her initials on it. She is gonna love it!
    Thanks for posting!
  4. Friday, July 29th, 2011
    I LOVE THIS!! I have been looking for days both in stores and online. I can not find hard plastic/acrylic bracelets anywhere (unless they are super wide for adults). Where are yall having success?
    • Thursday, August 4th, 2011
      Mandy, have you tried the dollar store?
  5. Friday, April 15th, 2011
    Thanks so much for this idea! I've decided to make these to be the favor bags for my daughters 4th birthday. They are just easy enough for me! Thanks a ton!!
  6. Glenna
    Sunday, January 9th, 2011
    thanks a lot.this may sound crazy but, i have an almost one year old who loves carrying around bags and this is the perfect EASY solution for her birthday on Wednesday.....so cute.
  7. Thursday, December 9th, 2010
    Thanks for this tutorial, I'm making 3 of these for Christmas gifts (one for my niece and 2 for my friends daughters) - I'm planning on linking you up once they are done - I'm also looking forward to taking a look through your site and see what other ideas you have on here!
  8. Carol S-U
    Wednesday, January 27th, 2010
    I loved this and made 3 for my girls. Just the right size for a couple of toys to keep them entertained on outings - thanks for the easy to follow tutorial!!
  9. Aubrey
    Saturday, January 2nd, 2010
    Thanks for posting this idea...I finally got it made for a Christmas present for my daughter...she LOVES it!!
  10. Ashley
    Thursday, October 22nd, 2009
    I really love this! Can you explain how you did the hand sewing?
  11. Friday, October 16th, 2009
    This is absolutely adorable. I need to figure out a way to make a larger version now. lol!
  12. gigi
    Monday, June 22nd, 2009
    i love it...make me think of a business out of it
  13. Saturday, May 30th, 2009
    I'm all late and whatnot, but thank you for posting this. I have a 5-year-old and I think she'll love to help me with this. She is always wanting to have a little purse to mimic me, so this will be great for her. Again, thank you!
  14. Wednesday, May 27th, 2009
    A perfect little project with a great result! I am putting together a little "craft camp" for my daughter and her friends this summer. Hoping to get them together one afternoon a week. This project is definitely a must-do! Thank you!
  15. Tuesday, May 26th, 2009
    So sweet! Thanks for the tutorial!
  16. Monday, May 25th, 2009
    How cute is that? I love it!!! My girl said "I want one for each dress"... it is a great idea for My Princess Birthday Party(which is this Friday)...I can put a bunch of goodies and candy in it and give them away to all the girls @ her party!
    Thanks for sharing!
  17. Betty
    Sunday, May 24th, 2009
    SUPER!!!! I bought 2 packages of bracelets today at the $1.00 Store and am just finishing up one of these cute purses for my Granddaughter. So fun and so easy! I'm thinking of making one abit bigger for my on-the-go knitting projects! Thanks so much for sharing this novel idea!
  18. Sunday, May 24th, 2009
    thank you for the idea! i made it yesterday for my niece's 4th birthday. i think i may add the headband!
  19. Saturday, May 23rd, 2009
    Augh! LOVE this! Sheesh, I really need a girl. :) Thanks for the tute!
  20. Natalie
    Saturday, May 23rd, 2009
    So doing this project this weekend. We're going to have a bunch of rain, so this will be perfect AND I already have everything on the list!!!
  21. Saturday, May 23rd, 2009
    What a great idea. My 6 (almost 7 year old) LOVES to play "Cooking Show" as she helps me prep dinner. And, we love to sew together. She is just beginning to use the rotary cutter (which makes me uber nervous, but she has to learn somehwere). I also let her push the pedal for the sewing machine. We will love making this purse together. We have a ton of little girl birthdays coming up as well. We might even make these up for birthday presents. Thanks for the great idea!!
  22. Caroline
    Saturday, May 23rd, 2009
    Oh, drats! I have all boys!! LOL!! My next door neighbors are the sweetest people I know. They babysit their granddaughter who is 5 - I will HAVE to make this for her. Then I'll be cool!! I LOVE being cool! :)

  23. Saturday, May 23rd, 2009
    Ok, I might actually be able to do that! What a cute project!
  24. Friday, May 22nd, 2009
    What an adorable little purse! I would have never thought to use bracelets, we have lots of those and my 8 year old will love to make one! Thanks for sharing :)
  25. Tricia
    Friday, May 22nd, 2009
    Cute purse, but I had to say: see Ladybug Girl, that book in the background? It's a great book! Everyone should check it out of the library and read it to your children. (Also get Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy while you're at it!)
  26. goddessence
    Friday, May 22nd, 2009
    That is adorable!!!

    We have been making a similar bag for adults using those bamboo rings that can be bought in craft supply stores.

    We made some for the kids but the bamboo rings were too big for them...the bracelet idea completely solves that problem.

    Great idea!!! Thanks for sharing :)
  27. Friday, May 22nd, 2009
    That is so very cute! I had to tweet :D
  28. Kate
    Friday, May 22nd, 2009
    These are great!
  29. Jackie V
    Friday, May 22nd, 2009
    How cute!! It looks super easy too. I aspire to be crafty but I'm not so easy works. My dd would love this.
  30. Thursday, May 21st, 2009
    What a great idea! I will definitely be trying this out!
  31. Thursday, May 21st, 2009
    THANK YOU! You have just solved a HUGE problem for me! These are PERFECT for making for my various nieces for (ahem) extremely late Christmas presents. I had decided to make dolls for each and every one of them, but the task has been very daunting, which has held up the whole sending things off deal...I can whip off several of these and save the dolls for next year! Thanks again!
  32. Thursday, May 21st, 2009
    Genius! Can't wait to try it. Can't believe I'm confessing this to all and sundry but I actually have some Disney princess-print satin that would be perfect for this! Thank you!
  33. Thursday, May 21st, 2009
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  34. Thursday, May 21st, 2009
    adorable!!! love it!
  35. Thursday, May 21st, 2009
    Beans and I have to do this one- camera production, commercial breaks and all.
  36. Beth B.
    Thursday, May 21st, 2009
    Wow that is darling. I actually want it for myself!! And I already have a couple clear plastic "bracelets" that I have saved from buying neck-scarves recently - I knew they'd come in handy. I think I could also ribbon-wrap the clear plastic bracelets with a coordinating color. Thanks for the great idea!!
  37. hana
    Thursday, May 21st, 2009
    oh!! its so cute but simply one! i'm lovin it.. :)
  38. Thursday, May 21st, 2009
    That is sooo cute! I can't wait to make one with my little Pudidn!
    Thanks for sharing!
  39. Thursday, May 21st, 2009
    Oh we are so making this today!! My 2 year old is always in my handbags. Now she can have some of her own. THANKS SO MUCH!!!
  40. Thursday, May 21st, 2009
    I saw this on her site the other day. I love it. Can't wait to try it out myself!
  41. Thursday, May 21st, 2009
    Love, love, LOVE IT!!!!! I have oodles of nieces who will LOOOOOOVE to have these little purses! (My daughter will have to wait -- she's only two months!) I have got to go out and find me some bracelets so I can get started.............................!!!!!!
  42. Thursday, May 21st, 2009
    Wonderful Idea. I am not a sewer but I KNOW I can make these with my daughters.

    Thanks for sharing this cute idea with us.

  43. Thursday, May 21st, 2009
    That is darling! I love it. I am going to make some of those with my girls. They will love it!

  44. Thursday, May 21st, 2009
    I LOVE IT!! That is so cute. I need to head out and buy bracelets. I bet they have them at the dollar store and I already have a ton of fabric. Thanks.