End of Summer Wristlet

Like most girls I have a weakness for purses. I love everything from the Mary-Poppins-you-can-fit-a-coat-rack-in-here bags to little bags that barely fit a lipstick and my phone, and everything in between. It’s so fun to have a few cute bags that you can change out to freshen up an outfit with.

That’s just what I had in mind for this little wristlet. It’s not a huge kitchen sink kind of purse – but it’s perfect for a quick trip to the store or out to the movies on a date night. You could even throw it into a larger purse or diaper bag if you wanted!

Here’s the wristlet:

I think it’s so fun. And to make this tutorial a bit easier on you, at the end of the post I have a pattern for you to download! This is my first purse pattern – please let me know if you have any problems with it or have any questions.

Let’s get started! I had this great Lila Tuellar fabric that I’ve been saving for something fun. I love the colors in it and I think they’ll make a fun transition from summer to fall. But you could use almost any scrap pieces you have – mixing and matching the panels on the front – or use all one print. Whatever floats your boat.

You’ll need about 1/4″ yard of fabric total – but you can use small pieces of a variety of fabrics to make up the front panel. I used a total of 6 fabrics. You’ll also need a 12″ zipper to match.

**UPDATE – There are some problems with the pattern. :( Boo.
While I work on the updates I’ve pulled the pattern – I’ll put it back once I get the pieces fixed!***

Cut out all the purse pieces. If you would like a little heavier bag, feel free to add fusible interfacing to the lining or outer panel pieces.

Start with sewing together the pieces for your front panel. I marked the insert (linen) pieces at the bottom with a fabric marking pen to help keep them straight. Begin with Piece A, sew that right sides together to Inset Piece AB, using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Then sew Inset Piece AB to Piece B, and so on across the front.

Press your seams away from the inset pieces.

Topstitch your Panel pieces (not the inset pieces) along each seam with a 1/4″ topstitch.

Pin your zipper to the front panel and sew on, using a 1/4″ seam allowance. I usually stop sewing before I get to the top part of the zipper, leave the needle in the down position, and open the zipper up so the closure is behind the needle. Then you can finish sewing the zipper on and the foot won’t make a little bump in the stitching line around the closure piece.

Pin and sew the opposite side of the zipper to the back panel piece.

Sew the handle piece together by folding the two long sides in 1/4″, then folding the piece in half. Sew down the long edge.

Fold the handle in half and baste to the top left corner of the outer panel. (In some of these pictures it shows only one side sewn in. That’s because I”m a goober. Do as I say, not as I show in this instance.)

Sew the remaining two sides together, making sure right sides are together, with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Trim the corner seam so it turns nicely.

For the credit card pockets, place two pieces right sides together and sew around with a 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving an opening in the center bottom seam for turning. Repeat for the second pocket.

Lay the first panel on the right side of one of the lining pieces, 2″ down from the top and centered. Sew the pocket to the lining on the two side seams and bottom seam only, close to the edge to close the opening. Place the second pocket 1/2″ down from the first and sew down.

Place the two lining pieces right sides together and sew the left and bottom seams with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Trim the bottom corner.

Place the lining inside the bag.

Handstitch the lining into the bag along the zipper, turning the lining under 1/2″ all the way around.

If you wish, add a bead or charm to the zipper for something fun. It also helps open and close the bag.

Here’s some more shots of the finished bag! Perfect for holding everything you need for a quick trip out. I’d love to hear what you think!


  • Reply March 22, 2012


    love this! can’t wait to try it :D

  • Reply July 30, 2012


    Hi, I love this pattern but the download doesn’t seem to be available. Is it discontinued or am I looking in the wrong place? Thank you for the tutorial.

  • Reply August 3, 2012

    Maggie Flynn

    I agree with Valerie!!! This wristlet is SOOOOOOOOO cute, but the download??? Where is it???

    • August 3, 2012


      Thanks for letting me know Valerie and Maggie! I’ve added back in a link to the PDF pattern – you can download it from there! :)

    • April 8, 2013


      Am I crazy??? I can’t find the download OR the PDF link! Can you direct me/us?

  • Reply August 8, 2012


    I just made this purse and it’s great! I think a few of my family will be receiving one as a Christmas present this year… You can see my version here: PhysicsGirl on the Loose… scroll down past the dress stuff.

    A few comments on the pattern: the back piece is backwards and the inset pieces are about a half inch too long. I also agree about putting the zipper in the other way. Otherwise, it went together really nicely!

  • Reply September 12, 2012


    Just a thought – you might be able to use the sewing machine for the lining. The handstitching looks nice but I would be afraid of ripping the lining out if I went into a frenzy digging through the wristlet for something. :) To do the machine stitching you can flip the wristlet inside-out, pin the lining in place, then flip it right-side out and sew on top of where you attached the zipper to the outside piece. It sounds odd but it works!

    Great tutorial, this will get me started on my wristlet/diaper pouch project that I’m making for a friend!

  • Reply October 7, 2012


    I can’t wait to try this! quick question though:
    when I go to print the pattern, is there a certain size you recommend? like the zoom set at 72% or 100%… I don’t know if that will make a difference or not.
    Thanks for the wonderful pattern! can’t wait to use it!

  • Reply November 13, 2012


    :-/ my front panel looks NOTHING like the picture…..it ended up waaaaay too big and the inserts were waaaay too long. I cut my pieces exactly to the pattern. :-/ I’m gonna mess with or and see if I can cut it down to fit. Bummer because I looooved this!

  • Reply December 4, 2012


    Once I read through the comments, I’m glad to know I’m not the only one coming up with the problem with the inserts! I thought I was cutting wrong, or had an error with the scale when I printed the pattern. Any chance we could get an update with that glitch fixed? I’m pretty new to sewing and really have no idea how to mess around and fix it myself without it looking awful!

  • Reply February 3, 2013


    so cute i try tomake but i m a beginner sewer and also i don t find the link to the pattern
    thanks for the tutorial!

  • Reply May 19, 2014


    I can’t wait to try this! When will the PDF be back up?

  • Reply May 31, 2014


    Pattern ????’ please !!!!

  • Reply June 19, 2015

    Sandra Ruiz

    May I have the wristlet pattern please. It’s so cute, I would love to make it

  • Reply January 25, 2016


    Thank you to send me the pattern you announce at the beginning to help us to be easiest.
    This wristlet is so cute.Can’t wait to sew it. Thank you again.

  • Reply February 24, 2016


    I love this wristlet but I can’t find the pattern

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