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Simple CIRCLE PURSE Tutorial…for Girls!

Today’s contributor is Crystal from Stitched By Crystal. All posts written by Crystal for Make It and Love It can be found HERE.

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Hello hello!  It is Crystal here, from Stitched by Crystal, with a fun tutorial to share!

I love sewing bags and purses, and my little girl loves to fill and carry them.  I made this cute simple circle purse for my daughter and it is so quick and easy to sew!

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To make this simple circle purse, all you need are a few circles of fabric and interfacing (I used a small plate to cut my circles), a button or snap, and some bias tape.  And it sews up in no time!  You could finish this one during nap time.

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The cross body strap makes it easy for little ones to carry.  My daughter loves to take her purses shopping with her and this one never gets put down and left behind in the store.  And the snap or button closure keeps all her treasures tucked away inside.

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Want to make a circle purse for you or your little one?  Great!

Let me show you how:

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Circle Purse Supplies…

  • A small amount of fabric for the exterior and lining of the bag.  ¼ yard or a fat quarter will work, or find some scraps in your sewing room!
  • Some iron on interfacing.  I like Shapeflex (Pellon SF 101).
  • A plate to use at a pattern, I used a small salad plate that is about 8” in diameter.
  • 1 yard of bias tape, you can buy this at the store or make your own with tips here and here.
  • A button or snap
  • basic sewing supplies 



***As always, if you need a bit of help with the basic sewing skills used in this tutorial, don’t hesitate to check out the Sewing 101 post for more help.


Start by cutting  2 circles from your main fabric, using your plate as a pattern.

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Cut off the top of one circle about 1″-2″ above the middle.

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Cut the same shapes from your lining and interfacing using the pieces you already cut as a guide.  Iron the interfacing to the back of your main fabric.

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If you want, you can add some fun trim to the bag by basting it to the full circle of your main fabric now.

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Place the two main pieces together and sew around the curve, backstitching at both ends.

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Repeat with your lining pieces, but leave an opening at the bottom about 3” long for turning the finished bag.

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Turn the main bag right side out.  Sew the open side of your bias tape close and determine the length of bias tape you need, you can do this by looping it over your child and deciding how long you want the strap (I used 32” for my 4 year old).  Baste the strap to the front of the bag, right next to the side seam, making sure there are no twists in the strap.

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With the main bag still right side out, place it inside the lining (which should be inside out).  Line up the side seams and pin along the front and flap of the bag.  Sew the main bag and lining together around the front and flap.  Clip the fabric in the corners, clipping close to the seams but being careful not to cut your stitches.

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Turn the bag right side out and sew the opening in the lining closed.

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Tuck the lining down inside the purse, iron, and then add your button or snap to the front.

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Your purse is done!

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Thanks for reading!



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Check out Crystal’s blog here.  Her darling shop here.  Follow her on Instagram here.  And her Pinterest page here.

***ALL contributor posts by Crystal, can be found HERE.


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Looking for more bag inspiration? We’ve got you covered! Check out a few more of our favorite purse/bag tutorials:

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Farmers’ Market Bag (From an Ikea Rug)

Shirt & Tie Tote Bag……for BOYS!


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  1. Brenda says:

    "Simple Circle Purse" What is the seam allowance?? Thank you

  2. Mary Colleen Lutchko says:

    What type of snap are you using? I did not want to use velcro.

    1. Mary Colleen Lutchko says:

      Sorry, one more question. When you are clipping, do you mean just the seam or are you clipping something else up around where the strap is put on?

  3. Roseanna Schnepper says:

    I just made 2 of the circle purses for my 2 grandgirls and they turned out so cute, thank you for your easy to follow
    directions. I would like to have the directions in hard copy for the next time I make them a purse to compliment their outfits but I cannot print them out, I have also tried summiting my email address and it will not take, is there something I am doing wrong?

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  5. Tabbitha Mendoza says:

    Hi, just made this purse and it turned out super cute! I just have a question about the interfacing, when and where was I actually supposed to put it? Thank you

  6. Ruth Gerrard says:

    I don’t do much sewing but couldn’t resist giving this a go. I made one each for my nearly 3yr old twin grand-daughters who we will be visiting soon. Thanks so much for sharing this. I think I’ll be leaving my machine out for a while. I would send a photo if i knew how.

  7. Monica says:

    So, I said to my daughter, “Let’s make this purse” She asked if we could make the dress. Is there a link to that?

  8. Erica says:

    These are lovely, on all the photos :)) And so simple! Thanks for the inspiration :)

  9. Gbemy says:

    This is fantastic. ve always wanted to make purse for my girls but I don’t how to go abt it. Thanks alot

  10. Lisa G says:

    Cute purse! Unfortunately, I can’t find a way to print it, and my internet out here in the boonies is too slow and unreliable to rely on it while I follow a tutorial. Is it possible I might be missing a “print” button?! :-)

  11. Terra says:

    Super cute! My girls would love it!

  12. Sarah Craig says:

    Thanks for sharing this tutorial – an adorable bag and great tutorial!

  13. Amelia says:

    I always worry when one of my favorite bloggers starts using guest content. My worries have been completely unfounded. Ashley, you have done a great job finding and curating the creativity from others and I love it. Great job. And cute purse. I’m looking forward to teaching my daughter to sew and I think this will be a great idea to get her interest.

    1. Meg says:

      I agree 1,000%! I love following both of you now! I look forward to Crystal’s and Ashley’s posts! I am a fan for sure!!


  14. Rachel @ Engineering a Joyful Family says:

    Oh my gosh,

    Not surprisingly I just love your tutorials! They are so so easy to follow and make me feel as if I can do anything. Thank you for that! I can’t wait to give this adorable purse a shot.

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