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Sew an easy lined shoulder purse with magnetic snap

——   Created by Deby Coles

The Oxford Purse. FREE sewing pattern included

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1h 19m
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More about this course

The Oxford Purse is a great everyday shoulder bag that even a sewing beginner can easily sew. It’s lightweight, doesn’t need any difficult to find materials or hardware, and is just the right size. She’ll easily carry your wallet, phone, keys and more but her lightweight design means you won’t be weighed down.

The sewing pattern is included free in the class.

The Oxford Purse has:

  • darts front and back to give shape and volume
  • a curved flap that closes with a magnetic snap
  • a fixed length strap – choose your own length for a bag that fits on your shoulder, sits at the waist or the hip, or you can carry crossbody
  • a simple slip pocket on the lining (add two if you like)
  • an easy to sew design with only three simple pattern pieces needed – the body of the bag, the flap and the pocket
  • an easy to print and assemble pattern
  • step by step photo instructions as well as the video class

Skill level: Suitable for beginners who are comfortable with using a sewing machine. The photo step by step instructions are supported by the video class and additional articles on the blog if you need further explanation such as for sewing darts or installing the magnetic snap.

Finished size (approx)

One size – 9.5” wide x 8” tall x 2.5” deep (24cm wide x 20cm tall x 6cm deep), handle drop 16” (40cm)

Materials needed to sew the Oxford Purse:

  • Outer fabric of your choice such as canvas, linen, quilting cotton, home decor fabrics etc
  • A different fabric if you like for the flap
  • Lining fabric, I suggest a pretty quilting cotton
  • A magnetic snap
  • Woven fusible interfacing (see suitable choices here)
  • Fusible fleece

Who this course is for:

  • Beginner sewers looking to expand their sewing skills
  • Sewers looking to sew a bag for the first time


  • A sewing machine and basic sewing supplies
  • Access to basic materials such as fabric, interfacing, fusible fleece and a magnetic snap
  • Sewers should already be familiar with the basics of sewing and how to use their machine

What you'll learn:

  • How to mark and sew darts perfectly
  • How to install a magnetic snap
  • Tips for top stitching around curves so your flap will look fabulous
  • How to make a simple bag strap
  • How to reduce the bulk in seams by 'nesting' darts
  • How to sew the Oxford Purse step by step

The course project

Hands-on Class Project

Your goal from this class is to sew the Oxford Purse in fabrics of your choice and choose the correct length of strap for your height. I really look forward to seeing your sewing success.

Download the Oxford Purse sewing pattern here (see the class for password) -

Need help downloading the pattern? These instructions will show you how -

11 Lessons

2 mins
Course introduction
free preview
1 min
Welcome and introduction
free preview
5 mins
Assembling the pattern and cutting your fabric
free preview
10 mins
Sewing the lining pocket
9 mins
Sewing the lining darts
7 mins
Assembling the lining
5 mins
Sewing the strap
14 mins
Sewing the flap
12 mins
Sewing the outer body
11 mins
Assembling the bag
8 mins
Final topstitching

About the instructor

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Deby Coles
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Hello, I'm Deby. I'm an artist, crafter and teacher living in the sunny Cayman Islands. It's my passion to spread happiness and fulfilment through teaching …

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Class benefits

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  • Project included
  • Direct teacher access
  • 1h 19m of on-demand video
  • 1 downloadable file
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