Sew Powerful Purse Project


Sew Powerful Purse Project

Sew Powerful Purse Project
Sew Powerful Purse Project

"Sew Powerful is a non-profit organization whose mission is to combat extreme poverty through sewing. We’d love your help with our program designed to keep girls in school and provide jobs to seamstresses in Zambia. Be sure to read all about it on the Sew Powerful website where you can download our free purse pattern. Make as many colorful purses as you’d like. To learn more about how these purses create academic achievement in Zambia be sure to watch our videos and learn about the issue of Menstrual Hygiene Management. Typical construction time is about 2 hours."

Project TypeMake a Project

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Sewn byMachine


Materials List

  • Fabric for purse body: 1-1/2 YDS OF 44" OR 1/2 YDS of 60"
  • Fabric for purse lining: 1/3 YD of 44"
  • Interfacing (optional) 1-1/2 if strap is interfaced (Pellon SF101 or comparable) ~1/2 YD if strap is not interfaced
  • Pins
  • Thread
  • Iron
  • Optional (but recommended): 1" x 52" poly or cotton webbing to use in place of the fabric strap
  • Sewing machine

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