Cell Phone Purse – Free Sewing Tutorial

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This cell phone purse, shaped like a paper bag, is very stylish. Once the strap is detached, it can be carried as a mini bag. The fabric used for this bag is from the “Linnea” series. It is cute with popular Scandinavian motifs in natural, dusty colors. The 100% cotton oxford has just the right thickness for making bags and is also perfect for school items.

Design & Work:Mioko Sugino

Fabric shown for this sample:(表布)YKA-99080-5A


  • Fabric (Outer Fabric): 40cm x 25cm
  • Fabric (Lining Fabric): 18cm x 42cm
  • Fabric(Shoulder Strap, Loop): 110cm x 10cm
  • Leather Tape: 1.5cm wide x 40cm
  • D Ring, Swivel Hook: 1.2cm (inner diameter) x 2 pieces each
  • Rivet: 0.9cm diameter x four pairs

Size:18cm (l) 12cm (w) 4cm (d)

We interviewed Mioko about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
The Scandinavian pattern is lovely and nostalgic, and the mature color palette can work well with your wardrobe! I made it with leather handles so that it suits a grownup’s outfit, although it will look nice for children.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
It is shaped like a paper bag, small but surprisingly roomy, so that you can carry your cell phone, keys, etc. neatly. The shoulder strap is detachable, so it can also be used as a mini bag.

KF: What are some tips for making this bag?
As the fabric pattern has a particular orientation, the bag is sewn together at the bottom. If orientation is not an issue, then you can cut it as a single piece, just like the lining fabric. Making the handles and shoulder strap with the same fabric will also be stylish. For this project, navy is selected from the color of the pattern. Green or a base color of ecru would also be nice to give a different feel.

KF: How should we incorporate this bag into one’s styling?
It will be charming to carry it together with a matching larger bag made from the same fabric.

KF: Thank you very much, Mioko! Here are sewing instructions along with step by step photos from her. Enjoy crafting!



Cut the fabrics according to the measurement.


If the pattern layout has a particular orientation, sew together the fabric at the bottom, with the front sides facing each other. Press the seam open.


With the front sides facing each other, sew both sides.


Make a 4cm gusset. Cut off excess seam and apply zigzag stitches on the end.


Repeat the same process on the lining fabric.


Fold the top opening of the outer bag and lining bag for 1cm respectively to the reverse side.
Turn only the outer bag inside out.


Fold both short ends of the strap for 1cm, then fold in four. Fold the loop in four.


Sew all the way around the shoulder strap. Sew only long ends of the loop.
Insert the shoulder strap through the swivel hook and sew to secure. Insert the loop through the D ring and baste.


Insert the lining bag into the outer bag. Place the loop in between the center of the side and sew together.


Fold the corner securely and apply edge stitches.


Make a hole on the leather strap using the punching tool or hole cutter.

Make a hole on the body using a stiletto.

Attach the rivet.


Attach the shoulder strap to finish.

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