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Birthday Gifts – A Purse (Wallet) And Matching Tote


We were invited to No.1 Son’s girlfriend’s parent’s house (are you with me?) at the weekend, for a barbeque.

It was his girlfriend’s mother’s birthday (keep up!) so we wanted to take a suitable present, but there was a tiny problem – we’d never met, so I had no idea what she would like.

Obviously I was going to make a gift and, after a little indecision, settled on a purse (wallet, for our U.S. friends) and a matching tote.

I found this great tutorial at Confessions Of A Fabricaholic and got cracking straightaway.

I had some leftover vinyl from the One Hour Ikea Bag and searched through my (massive) stash before whittling it down to these grey and pink coordinating cottons, using just the dotty ones in the end.


The tutorial is pretty comprehensive and soon I had put the main pieces together.


After sewing the outside to the inside, it was simply a matter of turning through to the right side and top stitching.


Et voilá – one (very pretty) vinyl purse!


I chose to fit a magnetic snap closure simply because I’ve got loads of them and they really do give the best finish.


The inside is a purse of two halves – one side is pink, the other is grey.


The grey side holds all the real money.

Coins are kept safe in the zipped pocket….


….which is lined with the contrasting pink.


Notes are stashed in the open pocket below.


The pink side houses the ‘pretend’ money and can accommodate up to eight credit cards or similar.



Just in case there was any doubt I included a label from Hobbycraft.


I whipped up a simple tote using the same principle as the One Hour Ikea Bag but with dimensions and handles more suited to a shopper.


Box corners makes for a more spacious interior.


Matching grey webbing is perfect for two short handles.


I think they make quite a smart set for nipping down to the corner shop for a loaf of bread and a pint of milk. (In my dreams. We don’t have a shop in our village.)


All wrapped up and ready to go – complete with handmade birthday card!


Update: The handmade purse (wallet) and matching shopper was a huge success fortunately – she loved it!

Author: sewchet

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50 thoughts on “Birthday Gifts – A Purse (Wallet) And Matching Tote

  1. No need to tell you that I adore the purse and the tote bag!!Lucky lady!!

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  2. Well, my names Pauline and I love it too! 🙂 xo

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    • Well, thank you very much! It is one of those items that I would be happy to make more of, which is unusual for me as I get bored of making the same thing too many times.


  3. Wow you did a really professional job. Really lovely K xXx

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  4. Love the purse, great gift, the internet is such a great source of inspiration

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  5. Lucky Pauline! That purse looks absolutely perfect. Thanks for the link to the tutorial.

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  6. Note to self. Make sure sons girlfriends mother can sew and is very generous. Then invite to birthday bbq. Doh, that would be the end of October! Lucky Pauline.

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    • Ha ha! I get itchy fingers if a day goes by without producing anything and I’m running out of people to give my creations to, so it was nice having someone new to make for.


  7. What a fabulous gift, especially for someone you’ve yet to meet, most people would of gone the bottle of wine/box of chocs route.
    Im going to attempt the tote myself this summer, thanks for the inspiration.

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  8. Who wouldn’t love a gift like that! So, so pretty!!

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  9. I’m always so impressed with how neat your work is. This is beautiful and I’m so glad it well received, she’ll be dropping some heavy hints in the run up to Christmas… 🙂

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  10. Such a lovely gift. The purse is fantastic. Sometimes handmade purses can look a little, well, handmade!! But that is so professional looking 🙂 x

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  11. What a super cute gift. I love them both. They don’t look handmade at all. I know number one son was super proud of his momma’s superior talents. 🙂 xxxxx Robin

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  12. I love it. That fabric is gorgeous and looks nice and strong.

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  13. Wow, what a lovely gift! I’m not surprised she loved it, both look beautiful and so neat and professionally finished 🙂

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  14. Lovely gift, I would love to recieve that!!

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  15. Your sewing skills are impeccable! What a lovely gift for your friend Pauline. I’m partial to that fabric too. Charming and sweet.

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  16. What a lovely and thoughtful gift! And so professional looking!

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  17. WOW!! Fabulous gift! You’re so talented x

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  18. You are such a clever lady! And a lovely friend x thanks for your time today x

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  19. A beautiful gift but I hope the lady in question doesn’t feel a tad inadequate at your obvious talents😉

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  20. So impressed – not only pretty but also useful. Well done you

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  21. I LOVE your choice of fabrics! They totally don’t look handmade so that’s good you put in the label!

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  22. I bet No.1 son’s girlfriend’s mum is so pleased with her daughters choice of boyfriend who ‘s mum can make gorgeous hand made gifts! 😉

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