Melissa’s Alice Bag handbag pattern was inspired by her Riley Blake designs fabric collections, Wonderland and Wonderland 2. They featured rabbits and designs inspired by Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. This round bag comes in three sizes, and has an embroidery template for the White Rabbit’s face. These bags can be as whimsical or seriously stylish as you wish. It all depends on what you decide to make you bag out of.
Melissa walks you through creating the bag including lining, installing a zipper, adding piping and simple embroidery instruction. She discusses different kinds of interfacing and stabilizers that help the bag keep it’s perfectly round shape.
The kit available through Missouri Star Quilt Co. is from Melissa’s Safari Party collection, and is pictured in the image for the tutorial.
What To Expect
- A PDF pattern to download for the class
- Handbag construction techniques
- Working with different types of interfacings and stiffeners
- Installing piping on a round shape
The Alice Bag is a round bag that can be made in three different sizes. It is fully lined and can be made with or without a quilted exterior.
The small bag measures approx. 7 1/2” in diameter and is approx. 2 1/2” deep.
The Medium bag measures approx. 9 1/2” in diameter and is approx. 2 1/2” deep.
The Large bag measures approx. 11 1/2” in diameter and is approx. 2 1/2” deep.
Pattern views are as follows:
View A: 1/2” wide Cross Body Strap (back attached)
View B: Short Fabric Handles
View C: Chain Strap
View D: Detachable Wrist-let Strap
View E: 1” wide Cross Body Strap (side attached)
1- Bunny Ears or
2- Bunny Ears with Contrast
3- Bunny Face or
4- Clock Face Bag Front Piece
Note: Bunny Face and Clock Face options are only available for the small bag.
Yardage is the same for small, medium or large bag
3/4 yard for Bag Outside
3/4 yard for Bag Lining
1 Fat Quarter Bunny Ear Fabric
1 Fat Quarter Bunny Ear Contrast Fabric
1/2 yard fabric for bias piping
1/4 yard For Cross Body Bag Straps (VIEW A&E)
1/4 yard For Small purse handles (VIEW B)
1/4 yard For detachable side strap (VIEW D)
1 yard 20” wide Shape Flex Interfacing
1 yard 20” wide Fusible Fleece Interfacing
3/4 yard Fusible Flex Foam Interfacing
1/4 yard paper backed fusible webbing (for bunny ear contrast)
12” zipper (for small or medium bag)
19” zipper (for large bag)
Fabric safe marking pen- I love Frixion Pens
Tissue Paper or Interfacing to trace pattern pieces.
1 package extra wide double fold bias tape
1 package 1/2” wide piping (or at least 2 1/2 yards)
Zipper Sewing Machine Foot
Cording or Piping Sewing Machine Foot
Walking Foot for Sewing Machine for Quilted Exterior.
For View A:
3 yards 1/2” wide cotton webbing (can use 1/2” cotton twill tape) for cross body strap.
One small slide buckle (the bar of the slide buckle should be between 3/4” and 1” wide).
Matching small D ring ( 3/4” to 1” wide)
For View B:
1 yard 1/2” wide cotton webbing (can use 1/2” cotton twill tape) for small purse handles.
For Chain Strap VIEW C:
Purchased purse chain in desired length (you can buy these online)
1/2 yard 1/4” wide ribbon
For View D:
1 yard 1” wide cotton webbing
1/2 yard 1” wide grosgrain ribbon
1” D ring
For View E:
2 yards 1” wide cotton webbing
1/2 yard 1” wide grosgrain ribbon
Slide Buckle (1 1/4” – 2” wide)
1 1/2” wide D Ring
For Hand Embroidered Bunny Face or Clock Face Version:
1 skien of cotton embroidery floss in black
1 skien of cotton embroidery floss in pink
1 skien of cotton embroidery floss in gold
OR – For Printed Bunny Face or Clock Face Bag Front Version:
1 sheet of 8 1/2” x 11” high quality printable white cotton fabric – I recommend Electric Quilt Brand
1 sheet of Heat Transfer Vinyl in Gold (for clock hands and border around clock)