Vintage sewing pattern printable fabric purse

I HAVE to make me one of these. Print your own fabric with a sewing pattern envelope and make your own sewing pattern zipper pouch. NEED IT!

I may be here on the site today with a new project, and sending you the weekly newsletter, but actually I’m not here.  I’m on my way back today from Sewing Holiday in Sioux City, where I’ve been rubbing shoulders this week with some great sewing instructors.  Hopefully I’ll pick up some great tips I can share with you, meet some great people and be able to share some photos of the event.

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I’m actually really nervous.  I had been reading comments prior from some of the attendees and they all had SO much sewing knowledge and experience – I was worried I was going to embarress myself in their company.  I’m a slapdash sewer for sure, never do things the ‘right’ way and just get the job done.

What should I take with me?  What supplies, tools and equipment would I need?  According to the class schedules, almost everything was supplied so I shouldn’t need to take much with me.  But what should I wear?  Oh no – should I wear clothes I had made myself?  Would the ladies be nice (like you all are), or would they be critical of what I had made?  Arghhh.

Never mind all that.  I just needed a small zipper pouch to carry a few basics and of course it had to be sewing-related.  I went back to the earlier idea of creating my own fabric, and the vintage envelope zipper purse from the printed fabric.  Could I create something like this, but sewing related?  What is that sort of size and shape – a sewing pattern of course.  Light bulb moment!

I HAVE to make me one of these. Print your own fabric with a sewing pattern envelope and make your own sewing pattern zipper pouch. NEED IT!

 

The Print-Your-Own Fabric Sewing Pattern Envelopes

I wanted to make two pouches, one with the traditional portrait envelope and one, if I could find the right images, that was landscape.  It’s only when you look, that you realise just how few images there are longways.  Most pattern envelopes have the image upright.  I picked out some images and I was going to try to do a tutorial for you on how to adapt them to the right size, add a border and prepare them for printing etc – but well, its not that easy and not everyone has the right software – so I just thought I would share the ones I made.

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I did this in Photoshop, and made all 4 the same size then added a border in a light matching color so the edges weren’t just plain white.

Just as a guideline if you fancy trying this yourself, I made the image 8 by 6 inches and this worked well without distorting the images.  You can find some great vintage sewing pattern envelope images on Google HERE.  Pick the ones that suit your style.

To make your sewing pattern pouch

Materials:

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Download the Sewing Pattern Envelope printable files for fabric

This is a 'pay what you can afford' download.  Choose your price - anywhere from $0.00 upwards.  Free downloads are fine - I won't come hunt you down or think badly of you!

Print, sew and enjoy using these vintage sewing pattern envelope files for your print-at-home fabric projects.

Preparation

Read through the earlier articles about printing on fabric here:

  1. How to print on fabric at home – 4 different ways
  2. Printing on fabric – washing and fading
  3. Print your own ‘handmade’ labels
  4. Vintage envelope zipper pouch – print your own fabric

Wow, I love this idea. How to print your own fabric in any design you like and great a roject with it. These vintage envelope bags look great!

To make your pouch

Cut your fabric piece with a 1/2 inch seam allowance around the outside of the pattern image.  Double check they are the same size.  If you are using my templates, then they should match OK.

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Apply a light weight fusible interfacing to the back of the printed fabric.

Create an inside pocket if you like, add your own ‘designer’ label and add it to one piece of your lining fabric.

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Then sew your zipper pouch in the usual way.  If you’ve not already made a ton of these sort of things before, then there is a step by step on how to sew under the earlier tutorial about how to use your own printed fabric to create the vintage envelope bag.  Check out the sewing tutorial here.

I HAVE to make me one of these.  Print your own fabric with a sewing pattern envelope and make your own sewing pattern zipper pouch.  NEED IT!

And that’s it, your sewing pattern pouch is ready to fill with your sewing supplies, or whatever else you want to use it for.  I was jumping about with excitement about these, showing my husband and just squealing with the cuteness of it all.  He seemed under-impressed until I told him that I had printed the fabric too, then he was a little more impressed but not much – honestly, only you ladies can appreciate how darned fabulous these bags are.

I HAVE to make me one of these.  Print your own fabric with a sewing pattern envelope and make your own sewing pattern zipper pouch.  NEED IT!

Now I know I can go on Sewing Holiday and  have something awesome to take with me.  I’m still nervous, but not so bad now.  I’m wondering if any of you will be there?  Hope we had a chance to say hello and get our photos taken together if so.

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I HAVE to make me one of these. Print your own fabric with a sewing pattern envelope and make your own sewing pattern zipper pouch. NEED IT!


Copyright – please note, the issue of copyright on sewing patterns is extremely complicated.  I don’t believe there is anything to stop you using a sewing pattern envelope image to create your own bag or other items.  However, that’s OK for personal use, but you should not sell the bags unless you are certain that copyright does not apply to that pattern envelope or image you have used.  Therefore feel free to download these images I have created for you, but please use them solely for your own personal use.  Or create your own fabric from images of your choice.

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Download the Sewing Pattern Envelope printable files for fabric

This is a 'pay what you can afford' download.  Choose your price - anywhere from $0.00 upwards.  Free downloads are fine - I won't come hunt you down or think badly of you!

Print, sew and enjoy using these vintage sewing pattern envelope files for your print-at-home fabric projects.

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24 Responses to Vintage sewing pattern printable fabric purse

  1. Terri Gibbs says:

    Love the idea very unique!
    Does this print OK on Nylon for underwear washing bag.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      I have never tried, but I sure would love to find out, will you share the experiment with us?

  2. Margarita says:

    Love this idea…

  3. Genius idea, Deby!!! Love them.

  4. Kathie Solus says:

    I love this adorable idea. I have many vintage sewing patterns, mostly of baby/child clothing, and this will work perfectly to keep them safe. Thank you so much for sharing such a clever idea.

  5. wanda jordan says:

    Wow I guess I’m vintage now too. I still have that tent pattern myself.Boy that makes me feel old.

  6. Stephanie says:

    Such a cute idea Deby!

  7. Judy says:

    Boy, does this take me back! Simplicity 7689 was my 1968 prom dress! Mom made the “tent” out of a lace sprinkled with giant yellow daisies and designed a simple sleeveless yellow sheath to wear underneath it. While other girls were tripping on stuffy floor length formals, I was kicking up my heels! 🙂 BTW, I love this pouch idea. If you aren’t back home yet, I’d suggest looking for some Terial Magic to put in your suitcase. It will stiffen fabric for printing and then washes out soft.

    • Ah too late, I’m just back. Didn’t have any time for any shopping while I was there, but I’ll look for next time I go to the US, probably a year from now. Your prom dress sounds lovely 🙂

  8. Anne H. Izard says:

    Deby, by your post I’m sure you’ve already found out what I have to share. People who sew are warm, caring people who don’t need to put others efforts down to build themselves up. The ones I’ve worked with are generous and love to share the knowledge they have acquired from someone else, to “pass it on.” I recently returned to sewing after 25 yrs off and my debut was at an ASG Sewing Event featuring Pamela Leggett of Pamela’s Patterns. The first night was a Trunk Show and Cocktail Hour. I worried like you did about how dressy to go and was I expected to make something I made (my last creation 27 yrs old ago didn’t even fit!). In a panic and about to cancel, I emailed the event contact my concerns. Her immediate response was “Don’t put that type of pressure on yourself! People will wear everything from jeans to work clothes. She ended with, “We are want to meet you, not your clothes.” Some did wear their own creations (the president had on a vintage garment she made in a cartoon print with matching fabric covered pumps and a leather handbag she had just taken a class for and made), but most did not. Best of all, the people were warm and I began some new friendships.

    This is a very long response, but I shared it because I was so afraid to attend an event that ended up having a profound effect on my sewing. In case one of your readers finds herself in this situation, I want her to GO!

  9. Brenda says:

    I love these cute little pouches! I will have to make some for carrying my supplies to Quilt club and Embroidery Club.
    Thank you for sharing these!

  10. chilebeanz says:

    I just adore the pattern envelope pouches! GREAT idea!

  11. sewingaddict says:

    How cute! Thanks so much for sharing!

  12. Victoria says:

    Love, love, love this pattern pouch!
    I have TONS (a few dozen) of ancient patterns, a couple date back to pre-1910.
    You did NOT meet Eleanor Burns????

    • I didn’t really personally meet her, but she was there at the event and did a great evening presentation which was fun, but I didn’t take one of her classes. I’m not much of a quilter!

  13. liz n. says:

    Ohhhhhh, these pouches are too, too clever! I see a lot of potential here….As usual, you post something and I end up with a dozen ideas bouncing around my brain!

    Three weeks until the grandkids, nieces, and nephews start school…I’ve got excuses for pouches to sew!

    This is going to be too much fun!

  14. Diane says:

    Hi Deby, what a cute idea! I love these pouches. It makes me want to go out and buy a printer so I can print and make some, too. I’m excited to hear about your Sewing Holiday experience. The list of instructors is impressive. I’ll be looking out for information on the next event and, hopefully, I’ll have gained enough experience to be able to participate in the next one. Thanks!

  15. Karen Jones says:

    If I’d known it was in Sioux City, I would have signed up for it. I’ll have to chastise my mom for not telling me about this.

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