In the last post, I showed you how to make the fabric for the braided purse.

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braided fabric

Now, I’m going to show you how to turn the fabric into a purse.

Here are the instructions.

Braided Purse – Making the Purse

Materials

braided fabric (see instructions here)

safety pins

1/8 skein of Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream Yarn in White

tapestry needle

velcro tabs (optional)

For the Strap

Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream Yarn in Red, White and Hot Blue – 3 strands per color

Instructions

Make the braided strap

If you have not done so, make the braided strap.

Take the strands of yarn and make a knot at one end. Divide the strands into groups of three. Braid the strands until there is approximately 2″ of yarn left. Make a knot at the end. Trim the tassels.

Soak the braided strap in a solution of (you guessed it) 1 capful of vinegar in a tub of cold water for 15 minutes. Rinse and gently squeeze the excess water. Allow to dry.

Here is the braided strap:

braided strap for braided purse
red, white and blue braided strap

Set the braided strap aside.

Sew the tasseled sides

Sew the tassel left of the seam on the fabric (i.e. center-left tassel) from bottom to top. The needle should now be above the tassel.

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yarn going through left tassel from bottom to top

Sew the tassel right of the seam on the fabric (i.e. center-right tassel) from top to bottom. The needle should now be below the tassel.

thread through first right tassel of braided fabric to make the braided purse
yarn going through right tassel from top to bottom

Sew the second left tassel from bottom to top.

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yarn going through the second left tassel from bottom to top

Sew the second right tassel from bottom to top.

the yarn is going up through the top of the second left tassel and down through the second right tassel - the yarn is now at the bottom of the second right tassel
the yarn is going up through the top of the second left tassel and down through the second right tassel – the yarn is now at the bottom of the second right tassel

 

The tassels should connect in this manner:

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second left tassel connected to second right tassel

Continue in this pattern until you reach the second to last set of tassels.

Sew the second to last tassel on the left from bottom to top.

Do not cut the yarn. You will use this yarn to sew the strap.

Repeat sequence on opposite tasseled side.

Your purse should look like this:

Sew the braided strap

Pin one end of the braided strap between the left and right tassels of one side of the purse.

pin braided strap to corners of braided purse
braided strap pinned to left and right tassels on the edge of the braided purse

Bring the yarn around the back of the strap, then through the last tassel on the right from top to bottom.

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the yarn is going from the left tassel, around the back of the braided strap, into the top of the right tassel, then out through the bottom of the right tassel

Remove the safety pin. Sew the yarn through the braided strap from right to left.

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the yarn should go through the braided strap from right to left

Bring the yarn through the last tassel on the left from bottom to top.

notice how the yarn is coming from the left side of the strap through the last left tassel from bottom to top
notice how the yarn is going through the left side of the strap into the bottom of the last left tassel and out through the top

Sew through the braided strap from left to right, then through the last tassel on the right from top to bottom.

bring yarn through braided strap then through last right tassel of tasseled sides
yarn going through the right side of the braided strap, then through the right tassel from top to bottom

Bring the yarn through the tassel of the braided strap from top to bottom.

see how the yarn is coming out of the bottom of the tassel for the braided strap
see how the yarn is coming out of the bottom of the tassel for the braided strap

Wrap the yarn around the knot above the tassel of the braided strap, then through the tassel again from top to bottom.

Trim the yarn so that the remaining tail blends into the tassel.

Repeat on the other side.

Apply the velcro

Apply the velcro pieces onto the wrong side of the purse (hooks on one side; eyes on the opposite side).

You’re done! Just allow the velcro to set for approximately 24 hours (or per the package instructions) before using your braided purse.

I would love to know if you tried making this project. Please contact me through the Comments section below.

If you like this project, then check out my other braided projects.

Thanks for visiting!

Spinster Simone 🙂

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