Mood DIY: How to Sew a Watermelon Purse

Posted on August 1, 2016 by Lee Norris

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Fruit prints and accessories have been one of the cutest trends this summer, so today I made the shiniest watermelon purse on Earth. I love it.

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Items used:

The first thing I did was cut 2 semi-circles from each color of vinyl, with the following dimesions:

  1. Green: 12"x7"
  2. White: 9.75"x5"
  3. Red: 9"x4.5"

I also cut out a strip of green vinyl for the base of the purse. This piece was 19" long, 2" at each end, and about 4.5" toward the center.

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Once all the pieces were cut, I had to create the front and back panels of the purse, which meant making it look like a watermelon! The white semi-circle was top-stitched onto the green, followed by the red. One of the best things about these vinyls was the ease with which they went through the sewing machine.

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For the seeds, I sewed 9 shank buttons in an evenly spaced pyramid pattern - 4 across the top, then 3 and 2 respectively. I chose to keep them just on the front panel, since the other one would constantly be bouncing against my leg while I walk anyway. No sense in wasting buttons!

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Before adding the base, I attached the two panels to the zipper. Since I used a fairly long one, I shortened it about three inches from the vinyl and sewed a little cotton tag on the end so it wouldn't come apart or scratch anything in my purse.

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The ends of the base were folded down slightly and a small length of red vinyl was used to add rings to each end so I could attach a chain for the purse strap.

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The last step was to finally add the base! It was sewn to the bottom of  each panel, with right sides together, then turned right-side out through the zipper opening.

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