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Canoe Purse pattern available
Canoe Purse

Created by: Maddie Bushman, Educational Coordinator, Janome America

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Level: Beginner - Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

The Canoe purse is a creative design that you will enjoy making. It can be made in less than an hour using any Janome sewing machine. Combining complimentary fabrics will provide your purse with a distinct look!

Janome Supplies Required

  • Any Janome machine
  • 1/4 foot O
  • Satin Stitch foot F
  • Sliding Buttonhole foot R
  • Blue Tip needle 75/11

Fabric and Notions Required

  • 1/2 yd. fashion fabric
  • 1/3 yd. lining fabric
  • 1/3 yd. cotton batting
  • Two 21" lengths of 3/4" elastic
  • Fusible interfacing
  • All purpose thread
  • Button
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Pinking shears
  • Fabric marking pen
  • Ruler

Fabric Preparation:

  1. Cut two 11" x 16" rectangles from the fashion fabric.
  2. Cut two 11" x 16" rectangles from the lining fabric.
  3. Cut two 11" x 16" rectangles from the batting.
  4. Cut two 3" x 20" strips from the fashion fabric for the straps.
  5. Cut one 5" square from the fashion fabric for the button flap.
  6. Cut one 5" square from the lining fabric for the button flap.
  7. Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the both lining rectangles.
  8. Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the 5" lining square for the button flap.
  9. Using the pattern piece provided, trace onto interfacing of both lining rectangles.


  1. Layer one set of rectangles, batting, fashion fabric(right side up) and lining fabric (wrong side up). Secure with pins.
    Hint: You may want to adhere the batting to the fashion fabric with temporary spray adhesive.
  2. Repeat for remaining rectangles.
  3. Set up the sewing machine for ordinary sewing.
  4. Select Straight stitch #1.
  5. Attach the Satin Stitch foot F.
  6. Leave a 3" opening on the straight edge, then stitch on the marked lines from the pattern for each section.
  7. Press seam as sewn.
  8. Trim close to the stitching line with the Pinking shears.
  9. Turn right side out. Press again.
  10. Measure down 5" from the straight edge on both pieces. Mark with the fabric pen.
  11. With the lining sides "UP", overlap the two sections to the 5" mark. Secure with pins.
    Note: the diagram is two colors to show the two different sections, it is not to indicate wrong or right sides.
  12. Adjust the stitch length to 2.4.
  13. Edge-stitch where the curved sections overlap on each side.
  14. Fold purse in half, lining sides together. Secure the sides with pins. The sides must be matched up evenly.
  15. Mark a line 2 1/4" in from the edges.
  16. Sew on the marked lines.
  17. Attach the 1/4" Seam foot O.
  18. Adjust stitch length to 2.0.
  19. Fold one of the strap pieces half lengthwise, right sides together.
  20. Sew down the long raw edge.
  21. Repeat for other strap.
  22. Turn straps right side out. Press.
  23. Attach the Satin Stitch foot F.
  24. Place the two 5" squares for the button flap, right sides together.
  25. Place the button flap pattern piece on the wrong side of the lining square. Trace the pattern.
  26. Stitch on the lines. Leave a 2" opening on the long straight edge for turning.
  27. Press. Turn right side out.
  28. Attach the Buttonhole foot R.
  29. Place button in the Buttonhole foot R.
  30. Stitch buttonhole on the pointed section of the button flap.
  31. Insert the elastic pieces into the straps. Baste ends.
  32. Place the raw end of the strap 1/2" from the side seam and about 1" down from the straight edge. Secure with pins.
  33. Repeat for opposite side.
  34. Repeat for the other strap.
  35. Place the buttonhole flap about 1/2" down from the straight edge on the right side of the purse. (Buttonhole flap lining to fashion fabric of the purse.) Secure with pins.
  36. Fold back the four flaps. Secure with pins.
  37. Attach the Satin Stitch foot F.
  38. Select Straight Stitch #1. Adjust the length to 2.6.
  39. Using the right side of the foot as a guide, topstitch around the top of the purse being sure to catch the straps, buttonhole flap and the four sides that were folded back.
    Note: If desired, you may hand baste to avoid using pins.
  40. Using 6/8" seam allowance, topstitch again. If necessary, secure the buttonhole flap with a short row of stitches.
  41. Press flaps.
  42. Sew on button.

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