5/8 yd burlap (you can get less if it's wider than 40")
1/2 yd lining fabric
scraps to make a fun flower embellishment
Step 1: Cut two pieces of burlap 10"x18" each. Take the long side and make 6 pleats like so, 3 on each side of center, folding toward the center. Make your pleats so that that long end measures 13". Sew the pleats in place using a 1/4" seam. Repeat with the other rectangle.
Iron the edges on the long sides under 1/4".
Fold in half hamburger style, right side facing out.
Sew the folded top edge together with a 1/8" seam.
Place the pocket piece centered on one of you lining pieces like so with the sewn edge on top. Pin in place so that the bottom edge of the pocket lines up with the bottom of the bag (mine hangs off the edge quite a bit because I cut my pocket piece too big). Sew down the two vertical sides of the pocket using a 1/16" seam. Make sure to back stitch at the top of the pocket to secure it.Step 5: Place the two burlap pieces right sides together like so. Pin along the sides and bottom.
Use something round to trace to round off your corners. I know my pins mysteriously disappeared for this step, but you should keep some in to hold your two pieces together.
Cut off the excess and sew around the three sides of the purse leaving the top open. Repeat with the lining.
Take your lining piece and shove it inside the burlap piece. Line up the top edges so that the lining is about 1/8" lower than the burlap edge and pin in place. Ack! I love this lining fabric!
Fold them in half and sew along one of the long edges using a 1/4" seam.
Turn right sides out.
Sew all around the top edge of the bag about 1/16" away from the edge. I made sure to sew some extra stitches on each of the straps to secure them.peony here, or a shabby rose, or this other fun flower.