Makower Compact Mirror and Purse – Free sewing patterns


Fabric: Makower UK, Temptations collection,Postcards; Blossom; Shop Fronts; SpotInterfacing, fusible, lightweightThread, sewing, matching Zip, 10cmPopper, sew-onRound mirrors, 5cm, two Ribbon

Make a mirror case

Download the templates and print. Cut out all of the fabric pieces as indicated on the pattern and add fusible interfacing to the back. Put the mirror case facing and the front mirror case right sides together and sew the centre circle, allowing a 5mm seam allowance. To make it easier to turn through, snip through the seam allowance at regular intervals; the more snips, the neater the finished circle will be. Turn the pieces through the right way so that wrong sides are together, and press. Topstitch around the edge of the inner circle on the right side for a neat finish.

Place the front and back of the mirror case together with right sides facing, sew around the long curved edge, trimming off any seam allowance if needed. Turn through and press. Repeat steps 1 and 2 so that you have a matching pair.

Attach a popper to the marked place on the pattern. Then on each side, put a mirror between the two layers so that it can be seen through the hole. Carefully to avoid the mirrors falling out, put the two pieces together with back mirror case pieces facing each other, stitch along the straight edge with a 5mm seam allowance. Fold the opposite way and stitch again with a 1cm allowance. This should leave you with a neat edge and raw edges hidden.

Stich a purse

Cut out the purse pieces. Lay the zip along the top edge of the fabric and, with right sides together, stitch with a 1cm seam allowance. Attach the other end of the fabric to the opposite side of the zip. Repeat this stage for the lining on the back.

Fold the fabric where indicated, then press. With the main fabric right sides together, sew along two edges then with the lining right sides together, sew down one side, but only half way down the second. Through the gap in the lining, turn the right way and press. Finish the inside by hand stitching the gap in the lining. Sew a bow to the front.