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Saddlebag Serger Purse pattern available
Saddlebag Serger Purse

Created by: Maddie Bushman

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Level: Advanced
Time: 4 hours

This purse is perfect for holding all your sightseeing toys when you take that perfect vacation. It can be used for fine dining or casual outings. The added shoulder pad prevents the purse from sliding off your shoulder as you hurry from place to place.

Maddie says, "This is a just the right serger project for the person who enjoys a challenge. It is a great way to show off your skill of outside curves. You can be as creative as you want and add inside pockets, zippers or monogramming. When your friends see this purse they will want you to make them one too."

Janome Supplies Required:

  • Any Janome Serger
  • Serger needles size 11
  • All purpose foot
  • Janome Overlock thread (J360)
  • Janome Decorative thread (J302)

Fabric And Notions Required:

  • Fabric
    • Upholstery fabric - 14" x 54"
    • Cotton fabric - 14" x 45"
    • Stitch witchery - 14" x 34"
  • Braid - 80" long (2 pieces 40" long - secure ends with scotch tape)
  • 24" quilting ruler
  • Closure (button, Velcro_ or decorative pin)
  • Fabric marking pen
  • Washable glue stick
  • Fabric Tack Glue
  • Fraycheck
  • Scotch Tape


  1. Set up your Serger for a 4-thread overlock stitch with Janome Overlock thread in the needle and Janome Decorative thread in both loopers.
  2. Use 1/4" seam allowance unless otherwise indicated.
  3. With wrong sides together, fuse upholstery material to cotton fabric. There will be a portion of fabric that will not be fused.
  4. Using the pattern provided, trace pattern on cotton fabric. Cut out pattern pieces.
  5. Cut one gusset 4 _ " x 24". Cut two shoulder pads 3" x 5 _ ".
  6. Pin gusset to small purse piece.
  7. Serge gusset to small purse piece. You will need to ease the curves.
  8. Using 5/8" seam allowance serge across straight edge. Lay the previously serged edges toward the center.
  9. Find center of gusset and center of bottom of large purse piece. Mark with a pin.
  10. Pin gusset to large purse piece matching up center pins.
  11. On the straight edge of the large purse piece, before the gusset, cut a notch where you will begin to serge.
  12. Starting at the notch, using 1/4" seam allowance, serge all around the large purse piece. You will be catching the gusset and continuing around until you come to where you started serging. You will need to ease the curves.
  13. When you reach the point where you started, serge right on top of the previously serged stitches for about 1" and then stop. DO NOT REMOVE PURSE FROM UNDER PRESSER FOOT!
  14. Pull about 3" of slack in the threads and then remove the purse from under the presser foot. You may serge off now if desired.
  15. Tie threads in a knot, dab with Fraycheck and then hide thread tails.
  16. For the shoulder pad pieces, serge all short sides separately.
  17. With cotton sides together, lay one piece on top of the other. Join the two pieces by serging the long sides. You should end up with a flat tube. Hide thread tails and then dab with Fraycheck.
  18. Insert two ends of braid into one of the open ends of the shoulder pad. Pass braids through until shoulder pad piece is in the center.
  19. Glue the short ends of the shoulder pad closed.
  20. Cut two pieces of un-fused cotton 5" x 5".
  21. Fold down one edge _ " to the wrong side and press. Secure with glue stick.
  22. Fold the two sides 1 _ " in toward the center (wrong sides together) and press. Secure with glue stick. You should have one raw edge at the bottom. Repeat for other square.
  23. For the left side of the purse, butt two ends of braid on the wrong side at the raw edge of the 5" square. Secure with Fabric Tack glue. Roll fabric around braid ends toward the top of the fabric adding glue as you roll.
  24. Attach fabric roll to inside of left side of purse approximately _" down from the serged edge. Secure with fabric tack glue. Repeat for other side.
  25. Hand sew braid as needed to secure to inside corners of purse.
  26. For closure, you may use a button, Velcro_ or a decorative pin.

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