Zippity Purse Makeover

The great thing about sewing is the option to (as they say on American Idol) “make it your own ” with different fabrics and embellishments. In our Keep In the Loop June e-newsletter, we featured a Zippity Purse. It has the perfect arrangement of pockets for my “stuff”–maybe because I designed it– but I wanted something a little more colorful so I selected these great fabrics by Amy Butler and coordinating Coats All-purpose zippers.

Here are the changes I made:

For topstitching, I used Dual Duty XP Heavy, color 8020 cream, instead of the Jeans Thread. For the decorative stitching, Dual Duty XP General Purpose in color 9314 Sherbert, a multicolor, added the right pop of color.

Follow the instructions through Step 3. Place regular presser foot on the machine and thread machine with Sherbert on top. Select a decorative stitch and sew across the edge of the zipper tape.

I also changed to a self-fabric strap. Here’s a secret-I hate to sew and turn fabric tubes. I cut the strap 3″ x 36″, pressed 1/2″ to the wrong side on the long cut edges and pressed a crease down the center. Then I aligned folded edges and topstitched both sides of strap with XP Heavy. I didn’t make this strap adjustable, but it could easily be done by following instructions in the original pattern.

The results–a great summer bag!

6 thoughts on “Zippity Purse Makeover

  1. A Ashley Reply

    Your remake is great but where is the original pattern? Keep getting error message saying it has been removed.

  2. Phyllis Blickensderfer Reply

    I, too, followed a Pinterest link here and cannot download this pattern – which seems to be perfect for my purpose. Would it be possible to correct again? Or, educate me on what I’m missing?


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