Aug 12, 2012

Make a Chainmail Style Purse out of 2 Scourers



I'm on holiday at the moment on Greek Island.

I broke my old purse so went looking in the local grocers shop for ideas for making a new one. Found some Metal Scourers used for cleaning pans, perfect!

This is what you need to make this fantastic purse:

2 X Metal Scourers, cut open so you end up with 2 big pieces.

1 X heavy duty 8inch Zip

1 X Keg ring fog.

Strip of leather or fake leather.

The Scourers also come in gold.

Here you can see the original Scourer and then when they've been cut open.  I used 2 Scourers to end up with these 2 pieces.

Get your zip and see how it will look when you lay it on top.

This is important.

When sewing this tricky fabric with the zip I really reccommend using a zig zag stitch.

Also, because I'm using a Mini JL sewing machine (always take on holiday cos it's light) which only has 1 sewing foot, I can only lay zip on top of fabric rather than embedding it.

This is what it should look like when you have done 1 side.

Do the same to the other side.

It's a good idea to zig zag the end of the zip where the ends are not together.


Above is what it should look like so far.

Get that strip of leather and pop through the kegring.

Then using a zig zag stitch, stitch into the side seam near to the edge of the zip.

Then fold right sides together.

Very important!!

Before you start sewing around the edge,, you


Again, because of the tricky fabric use zig zag 1st to go around the edge when stitching together.

Then go around again with a straight stitch, just inside of the zig zag stitch.

When you have turned it the right way round, it should look like the above picture.