Fabric Fishy Purse (pattern pieces included)

 

I have been busy with Christmas gifts.  I always have a huge list of things that I want to make…..and can never get them all done.  December 25th zooms in way too fast.  But I’m at least going to get all the kid toy items completed.  Okay, I probably won’t.  Maybe half?  The funny thing with me is that my mind is set on making something and then if I think of something else or see something else that I’d much rather make…..my whole brain shifts.  I don’t even think back to what the other idea was.  I know, I have fickle brain syndrome.

 

For example, I already had something I was going to work on for my oldest girl………but then I was walking through this little local toy store the other day, just for fun, and then saw the sweetest little fish purse.  I gasped.  And immediately decided that the other present idea didn’t matter and she must have this cute little fish purse.  Done.  Ack, my brain is so shifty.  I think I need a personal assistant to walk around with me to keep my on track and focused.  Anyone want to submit an application?  (Keeping me focused on house cleaning rather than fabric shopping is included in the job description.)  Haha.

 

Anyway, this little fishy purse takes a bit more time than a standard purse…….but who really cares?  Those little scales make the purse.

 

 

Each scale is sewn individually and really helped me use up my lonely scrap stash.  Hallelujah.  That pile is getting hefty.

 

 

 

You can pull open the fish’s mouth to see inside…..and then pull the side strings to cinch the mouth closed again.

 

 

And since this purse is for my almost 5 year old, I’m sure she’ll shove it full of her most favorite things.  All of them necessities in her world.

 

 

Such a fun purse to make…..because the results turned out so darling. (And you could really make this in so many different colors and styles.)  I may be found holed up in my craft space, making 5 or 6 more for this friend or that one.  I’m sure we could find homes for them all.  Oh wait focus, focus……I have more Christmas gifts to make.  See?  I’m a lost cause. ;)

 

 

This little fishy is stuffed full and ready to be hung from a little shoulder.  But this fish will have to wait until Christmas morning.

 

**The finished purse is about 8 1/4 inches wide and about 12 inches tall from top to bottom, excluding the shoulder strap.  The shoulder strap adds another 11 inches to the height.

 

 

Would you like to make your own Fishy Purse?

 

Supplies needed: 

(Before heading to the store, check your fabric stash.  I had everything I needed for this entire purse found by using a scrap here and a scrap there.  Perfect.)

  • 1/2 yard of fabric in your base color: fish body, shoulder strap, and pull strings (mine is yellow)
  • 1/3 yard of lining fabric (mine is teal/white polka dot)
  • a variety of different scrap pieces for the 24 scales (at least a 3 inch square)
  • 1/4 yard of fabric for scale lining fabric
  • 1/2 yard of fusible interfacing (choose interfacing that is near the same weight [or less] as the fabric you’re using)
  • 2 Half Ball Cover Buttons
  • matching thread, scissors, sewing machine, etc.

 

 

First of all, you can find the pattern pieces for the fishy purse here.

 

 

Scroll down until you see the 3 images under the “Fabric Fish Purse” title in red.  (Copy and paste each image into a document, adjust your margins to zero, expand the images to the full document size [8.5 x 11 inches], and print.)

 

You must cut:

  • Fish Body #1:  Cut 2 of main fabric and 2 of interfacing (be sure to place the pattern piece on the fold where noted, and then cut)
  • Fish Body #2:  Cut 2 of main fabric and 2 of interfacing (be sure to place the pattern piece on the fold where noted, and then cut)
  • Fish Body #3:  Cut 2 of main fabric and 2 of interfacing (be sure to place the pattern piece on the fold where noted, and then cut)
  • Fish Body #4:  Cut 2 of main fabric and 2 of interfacing (be sure to place the pattern piece on the fold where noted, and then cut)
  • Scales: Cut 24 out of your different colored fabric pieces and cut 24 in your lining color
  • Purse Lining: Cut 2 of your lining fabric
  • Shoulder Strap: Cut 2 pieces of your main color fabric that are 1.75 x 24 inches and 2 pieces of interfacing the same size (you may want these shorter or longer, depending on the size of the person carrying the purse)
  • Pull Ties:  Cut 2 pieces of your main color fabric that are 2 x 24 inches

 

*Seam allowance for this project is 3/8 inch, unless otherwise noted.

 

 

Cut out all of your purse pieces, in whatever fabric and color choices you want.  I used 100% cotton for my entire purse.

(You don’t want to use a stretchy fabric, or the purse won’t hold its shape very well.)

If you want to make your purse all one color or in all different colors like I did, it’s up to you.

 

Here are all my main pieces below (minus the shoulder strap, pull  strings, and interfacing pieces).

 

Start by ironing the interfacing to the back of all 8 Fish Body pieces. 

 

Now, sew several lines along the tail fin in a contrasting thread color, giving the fin some detail.  Do the same thing to both #4 Fish Body pieces.  Now, set all fish body pieces aside.

 

Now sew one of your scale “outer fabric” pieces to one of your scale “lining” pieces with right sides together.  Sew along the curved side of the scale, leaving the bottom edge completely open.  Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance while sewing each scale together.  Repeat with all 24 scales.  Then trim a little of the fabric off the curve of each scale, then turn right side out (use a pencil if needed to poke out the curve), and iron flat.

 

Next, grab one of your #2, #3, and #4 fish body pieces.  Arrange the scale colors just how you want them and pin 5 scales along the upper edge of the #2 piece.  (The upper edge is slightly longer than the bottom edge.)  Be sure to leave 3/4 of an inch of open space at each end of the #2 piece.  You will have to overlap each scale piece by just a bit to get all 5 pieces to fit along the upper edge and still have 3/4 of an inch at each end.  Now, pin four scale pieces along the upper edge of the #3 piece, centering them so that there is the same amount of space left on each side.   (The upper edge is slightly longer than the bottom edge.)  Don’t overlap the scales in this row.  Now, pin three scale pieces along the upper edge of the #4 piece, centering them so that there is the same amount of space left on each side.  Don’t overlap the scales in this row either.  Then sew right along the upper edge of each fish body piece, sewing the scales in place.  (Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance.)

 

Now, sew each of your fish body pieces together by first placing the lower edge of the #1 piece together with the top of the #2 piece, with right sides together.  Now, you will need to use a 3/8 inch seam allowance from here on out.  Then place the bottom of the #2 piece together with the top of the #3 place and then sew together with right sides together.  Then place the bottom of the #3 piece together with the top of the #4 piece and then sew together with right sides together.  Now, you can zig-zag or serge each seam that you just sewed.    Now, open up and iron the fish flat, with all the scales pointing downward towards the fin.  (Trim off any side edges that may just be slightly off.  But if it’s too off, you’ll have to unpick it, re-align it, then sew again.)

 

Here’s a view from the back.  There’s my serged seams too.

 

Now, repeat with your other fish pieces and scales so that you have 2 identical fish pieces.

 

Now, place your two fish pieces together with the right sides together and sew together along the sides and bottom, using a 3/8 seam allowance.  Then place your two purse lining pieces together with the right sides together and sew together along the sides and bottom, using a 3/8 seam allowance.  Then trim off the corners of both tail fin corners and then cut a little slit where the fin meets the body, on both sides.  Cut into the fabric right up to the seam, but don’t cut through the seam.  This slit will help the fin turn right side out properly.  (More info on clipping corners and curves here.)

 

 

Next, turn the fish right side out, poke the out the fish fin, and iron the whole fish flat.

 

Now, turn the fish to one of the side seams and place a pin on that side seam that is 3/4 of an inch from the top and then another pin that is 3/4 of an inch below that.  Make a narrow zig-zag stitch (also with a short stitch length) right where those pins were, making each about 3/8 of an inch long.  Then un-pick the side seam stitches between the two zig-zag sections, making an enclosed opening.  Do the same thing to the other side seam of the fish.

 

Next, grab your two pull string pieces and sew each one in half lengthwise with right sides together, sew along the long edge using a 3/8 inch seam allowance.  Do the same to both pieces.  Now turn each one right side out and press flat, with the seam along one side.  (Need help turning a tube right side out?  Click here.)  Set these aside.

 

Now, iron your 2 interfacing pieces to the wrong side of both of your Shoulder Strap pieces.  Next, place your two shoulder strap pieces together (with right sides together) and sew them together along both long sides.  Turn right side out and iron flat, with both seams along both side edges of the shoulder strap.  Now make a top stitch seam along both sides of the shoulder strap, about an 1/8 of an inch from the edge.

 

Now, grab one end of your shoulder strap and pin it to the upper edge of the fish, about a 1/4 inch from the side seam.  Then place the other end of the shoulder strap to the opposite side of the purse, just a 1/4 inch from the side seam as well.  One end of the shoulder strap is pinned to the front of the purse and the other end is pinned to the back……but both are really close to the side seam.  Be sure that your shoulder strap isn’t twisted.

 

Next, make two seams, attaching your shoulder strap to the purse.  Make the lower seam about 3/8 of an inch from the upper edge and the other one about 1/4 inch from the upper edge.  Do the same to both strap ends.

 

Now, slide your outer fish into the lining while it’s inside out……so that you can have both pieces with their right sides together.  Make sure the strap is down inside and out of the way as you pin the purse lining and the fish together along the upper raw edges, matching up the side seams of both.  (If your lining is too big or too small to line up exactly, make adjustments and either take the lining in just a bit or take it out so that it matches up just right.  You don’t want bunching or cranky fabric.)  Sew all the way around the top of the purse (using a 3/8 inch seam allowance), leaving a 4-5 inch opening along one side.

 

Turn the purse right side out through that opening, and tuck the lining down to the inside of the purse.  Now, iron the top of the purse, folding the opening to the inside of the purse 3/8 of an inch.  Now top stitch along the top edge of the purse, about a 1/16 of an inch (or just really close) from the upper edge.  Then make another seam that is 3/4 of an inch below the first one, sewing all the way around the purse, making a casing for your pull strings.  (Ultimately, you want to make the seams even with those zig-zag stitches so that your casing is as wide as the openings on both sides…..so adjust if necessary.)

 

Using a safety pin, attach it to one end of one of your pull strings.  Enter through one side, making your way all the way around your casing and coming out the same opening.

 

Then place the safety pin on the other pull string and thread that one through the other side opening.  Make your way all the way around the casing and then back out the same opening.  You should now have both pull string threaded through the casing, but entering and exiting on opposite sides.

 

Now, if you grab both sets of ends in both hands, pulling outward, your purse will cinch up at the top.

 

Now, select a fabric color for your eyes and cover 2 Half Ball Cover Buttons.  Attach with a needle and thread.  Place one on each side…….making them directly opposite each other so that when cinched up, the eyes meet up.

 

Now, pull the opening of the purse all the way open and then place a knot at each ends of the pull strings.  Then cut off the excess ends on both sides.

 

 

And that’s it. 

 

Your purse is ready to go.

 

 

Now gift it away or keep it for yourself.

 

And enjoy.

 

 

 

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Comments

130 Responses to “Fabric Fishy Purse (pattern pieces included)”
  1. 1
    janice says:

    Too cute!

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    Anne says:

    Oh, wow! That’s adorable! If I were more comfortable with my sewing machine, I’d have to make this! (my husband is an avid fisherman, and my girls often join him on fishing trips!) What a great tutorial!

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    Allison A says:

    I’m totally having this Same problem. My list of “to sew before Christmas” gets bigger every day. Yikes, I don’t know if I can organize my thoughts in time to get them all done.

    Love the fishy purse, so cute!

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    Jill says:

    Oh my goodness this purse is ADORABLE!! Thanks so much for sharing the tute – I’m pinning this one for sure!

    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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    alice moon says:

    Wow this is so amazing. You girls that make these patterns are seriously my sewing idles. Thanks so much for sharing and allowing us to make this cute bag free of charge. With the economy being so crapy it is nice to know I don’t have to be super rich to still enjoy sewing fun stuff like this!!! Thank you!

  6. 6

    My eldest sister loves fish. We do a kris kringle thing in my family seeing as there are 5 kids including me, and I’m buying for her this year. I totally get you on the shifting hopes and dreams for your sewing pile, I have on my sewing table a pair of half sewn swimmers, a breastfeeding dress, a quilt, a breastfeeding top, a table centrepiece, two prayer bears (and a partridge in a pear tree LOL). That’s not including the things I’ve put away including a bunch of cut out booties, the vinyl for making sandals since your sandals for boys tutoria that I just HAD to go buy that day etc etc etc! I promise to make this bag using fabric on hand, you’re right I have plenty! Even though she’s 41 in January I think she will LOVE this purse! I’m going to make it without the shoulder strap so she can put her keys and phone in it. As always, if I get it done in time I promise to share pics!!

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    Brandi says:

    Thank you so much! I have been looking all over for a little purse to make my niece for Christmas, and this is perfect! I was wondering (still a major newbie, so sorry if this doesn’t make sense) — for each of the body sections w/ the scales, after we iron it flat, can you iron each seam upwards, and then top stitch to help them lie flat? I know this stitch would show on the very top one, so not sure if it a) wouldn’t work and/or b) would look terrible. Any thoughts?

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    Janice McElheny says:

    Very cute… wish I had time to make one!

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    Christie says:

    This is the CUTEST little purse EVER!!! Thanks for sharing! I love it!

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    Jennifer says:

    This is so adorable. Maybe this can be a project for me to do after Christmas. I’m afraid I won’t have time before. I love projects that can use up those scraps I can’t throw away.

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    Jennifer J says:

    Adorable! Love it!

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    Bonnie says:

    So cute and so clever – thanks for sharing this with us. I’m also adding this to my list of post-holiday projects.

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    Natalie O says:

    That is absolutely adorable! I love it! :)

  14. 14

    I think that has got to be the CUTEST drawstring bag I have ever seen! I absolutely love it!! Great job!
    xoxo

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    Fiona says:

    This is just lovely… nicest little person bag I have seen….
    Hugz

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    Ok, so I am terrible about leaving comments on blogs since I am SO busy with the three kiddos, but I had to click over and say this is “SO DARN CUTE!!!” Awesome!!!

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    Eva Scott says:

    SO adorable and SO fun!!

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    Ija says:

    Oh GOD!! Soooo cute!!! You know i bought a sewing machine just because of reading your blog!! Hahaha! Now, i just have to enroll to a sewing class here in town.. Oh, btw i’m from Indonesia.. Your blog inspires me A LOT!! Thanks for sharing all those tutorials…!

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    Luda says:

    What is interfacing fabric? Is it something special?

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    Katie says:

    Adorable! I love the little puckered fishy lips when it’s all closed up.

  21. 21

    I bet she will LOVE that. I want one for me. But bigger because I have too much stuff.

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who gets craft side-tracked.

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    C says:

    You are an inspiration!!

  23. 23
    Elise says:

    That is adorable! Might have to make that for my almost 20-month-old!

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    euniceq says:

    so cute. I’m imagining a little girl’s hand got ‘stuck’ in the fish mouth and pull out a string of goodies! good for pretend play too!

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    Cammy says:

    This is Darling!!! I was just thinking it would make a really cute drawstring backpack too, not that I need another project either. LOL

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    Liz says:

    So beautiful – thanks for sharing!

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    Laura says:

    Wonderful purse! I am sure my little niece will love to get such gift for Christmas. And your tutorial is simply perfect! Incredibly easy to follow! Thank you for sharing it!

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    tinajo says:

    This is way cute – love it! :-)

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    Paula Castro says:

    so cute!!! I love it :)

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    Chantal says:

    Adorable and original ! Thank you for sharing the tutorial !

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    Michele says:

    That is so stinkin’ cute!

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    Tricia says:

    Adorable! Thanks for sharing your awesome tutorials!

  33. 33
    Monica says:

    Soooo cute!!! I love your blog. I am always inspired to try new things and am amazed by your sewing talent!! Thanks for posting so many great tutorials…

  34. 34
    Kristen says:

    That is SO SO SEW adorable. You are so talented!

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    Dianna W. says:

    This is so cute! THank you for sharing with us all :)

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    Morgan says:

    So … I am just finishing a mermaid doll for one of my girls. Does she need a fish purse to go with it? Clearly!

  37. 37

    Oh my heck. This is my ultimate favorite project you have ever done! Are you kidding me! It’s genious. So cute!!! ic an’t wait to make one of these for each of my boys for summer… A perfect Go to the beach bag! Really! Thanks so much I LOVE it!!!

  38. 38

    You have such a wonderful talent! Thank you for sharing your ideas!

  39. 39

    This is so creative! You have a talent for seeing something neat and making it your own and unique. I love the purse and I think my 4 year old would too :)

  40. 40

    You are my hero!!! Just this summer I bought an owl purse that is made the same way. I’ve been trying to figure out how to recreate the purse for gifts. I think the only difference will be the bottom of the fin. Instead, it would be flat, and have two feet sticking out. If you are interested in pictures of the owl purse (and backpack), I can send them to you. Just let me know via email!

    By the way, I’ve made your high chair cover and the stroller bag and just love them!!

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    Emily says:

    Oh Ash
    I am totally the same way, I’ll get one idea in my head and then quickly turn to another. Even with hobbies. One day I want to sew, the next I want to forget it and do something else.
    This is totally cute. I will be making some little fishes for sure if I hopefully have the time this year. Time ticks away extra fast Christmas season.

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    Tamara says:

    So cute! I love it – thanks for sharing!

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    Erica T says:

    WOW. this is so cute! what store did you see this at? what stores do you get most of your inspiration from?

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    Tamara says:

    Ashley –
    I want to make one of these for my niece, but I know my 4 year old nephew will want one too. Any ideas on how to make it not a “purse,” something a little more for boys?? I’m sure you’ll have better ideas than I will. Thanks! – Tamara

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    Aunt Jeri says:

    Holy Camoly Ashley, You are such an overachiever! Cute!!!

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    Heidi K says:

    This is so cute! I love how the drawstring closes at the mouth. My sister would love this. Maybe I’ll make it for her birthday next year.

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    Christine says:

    Two girls in this house would love that purse!

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    heidi s. says:

    Oh how I wish I could sew! I love this and my daughter would love this too! She’s almost 2 and she thinks she’s pretty cool when she carries a purse. If you ever make more and decide to sell them, please let me know and I would gladly buy one. Oh, oh, oh I wish I could sew!

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    Sandy says:

    I absolutely love your blog!!! Please move back to Georgia and let me sit at your feet to learn from you!!! You’ve got great ideas and such inspiration!!!

    Please keep up the good work!

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    Barbara says:

    What a cutie! I’m a Florida dweller, and I’m thinking this would be an adorable bag to carry my book, sun block, MP3 player, etc. to the pool! Thank you!

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    Louise says:

    Love it! Absolutly adorable! i know what you mean about december flying by…. ahhhh…

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    Emily D. says:

    Thanks so much for the free pattern–that’s so generous of you. I’m tempted to make this out of some waterproof material for a swim bag for my daughter. So cute!

  53. 53

    This is so unbelievably adorable! Thanks for sharing!

  54. 54
    Nicki says:

    This is so cute! I love it!

  55. 55

    This purse is ADORABLE! While my daughter isn’t old enough for this yet, my niece is and should we love it!

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    Liz says:

    SO CUTE! I’m totally making this! LOVE IT!

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    Kristin says:

    This is just too cute! I just finished making one for my daughter for Christmas and it was super easy too! One thing I would recommend though would be to make the shoulder strap pieces thinner, I did the 3″ and they are way too wide, but it still looks cute, I think for the next one I will only make them 2″ wide! No to think of a bag idea for my son….

    • 58.1
      Ashley says:

      Ack, Kristin, you are so right! I wrote that shoulder strap measurement down wrong. I’m not even sure what I was thinking. I cut mine out at 1 3/4 inch wide (but 2 would work just as well)……I’m not sure why I wrote 3. Thanks for catching that. I changed it in the tutorial and hope others catch it too.

      Ashley

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    Aleta says:

    I just finished making this for my 5 year old to put her discman in. It’s sooooo cute. I used an all purple body and pink sparkly fabric for the scales. She’s my ultra girly girl lol. I can’t wait till she sees it :) Thank you Ashley!!!

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    Beez says:

    I’m not sure if I did something wrong, but the 1/3 yd of fabric I bought for the outer body, drawstring and strap was not enough fabric. My fabric was 44″ wide, was it supposed to be 60″?

    • 60.1
      Ashley says:

      Beez, I am so sorry. When I wrote that you only needed a 1/3 yard for the fish body…..I forgot about the strap and strings. You do need a bit more for that. Sorry about that……hope you can get just a bit more so that you can finish it!!

      Ashley

      • 60.1.1
        Beez says:

        Not a problem, there was plenty of the same fabric left in stock :) Turned out so cute — wanted to attach a link to a photo of the finished product: http://flic.kr/p/aUudTM

        Thanks again for a wonderful tutorial!

        • 60.1.1.1
          Ashley says:

          Oh my……that turned out so cute!!!! I’m so glad it worked out for you. I never know until someone sends a picture…..haha!! :) Seriously, well done!

          Ashley

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    Chrissie says:

    I really must be doing something wrong…when I print the pattern…my body #1 piece is about 4X6 inches…is that correct?? Seems so small!

    • 61.1
      Ashley says:

      Make sure that your margins are at zero and print at 100%. Also, remember that most of the pieces are cut on the fold of the fabric and so they will be twice that big. Hope that helps!

      Ashley

      • 61.1.1
        Chrissie says:

        Thanks! I’m so computer illiterate!!

        Also – do I need to use the interfacing for this? What will happen if I don’t…itching to sew it tonight but don’t have the interfacing…maybe a trip to Walmart tomorrow to grab some!?!

        • 61.1.1.1
          Ashley says:

          Well, I think you’ll be happier with it if you wait and get some interfacing. It helps give the purse more structure. I know, you sound like me……and just want to hop on it!! :) Let me know how it goes for you. Good luck!

          Ashley

          • Chrissie says:

            Oh.Em.Gee. ADORABLE!!! I made it for my mom but it’s going to hurt a little to give it away! Also – I increased the pattern and made it bigger…now it can fit her work notebook :) Thank you so much – but at the same time…NOOOO Cause now all I want to do it make fish purses :)

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    Rebecca says:

    I just made it and converted it into a back for my 18m/o for Christmas. I LOVE it! It was pretty quick too!

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    Deb says:

    Increible y adorable! Usted es una artista!

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    Tisha says:

    I just finished and it turned out great! I made it for my 18 mo. old niece, who loves to carry purses, and I thought that 8 1/2 x 12 might be too big. So I printed it at about 7″ x 9ish (instead of 100%, or the full 8 1/2 x 11″) I also cut the straps 18″ long. From there I followed your wonderful directions all the way through with no problems and I ended up with a purse with a finished size of 6 3/4 x 10″. And it’s perfect! Thank you so much for sharing this pattern. :o)

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    Tessa says:

    Thanks! I had to drop all current Christmas gifts and add this one to the list to start immediately. I made one yesterday and it came out so cute! I’ll add a picture to your flickr group today!

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    holly says:

    I just completed this adorable fish project for my granddaughter for Christmas. Your instructions are perfect! Thank you so much for helping me make this little fish for my little one! Many thanks!

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    katie says:

    What a cute project!! I just finished one for my 3 year old daughter and she loves it!! Your tutorials are so clear and easy to follow, thank you for the wonderful step-by-step directions. Here is a picture of my finished project http://thekhouryfamily.blogspot.com/2011/12/drawstring-fishy-bag.html

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    Christina says:

    I just made this for a Christmas present! I forgot to print the pattern pieces though so I was just winging it. It turned out so cute! The minute I posted pics, I had 4 people ask me to make one for them! Excellent project: super easy and super cheap

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    Yaya says:

    I’m new to blogs and Pinterest and I have to tell you, I’m losing a LOT of sleep! Soooo many wonderful ideas!
    I plan to scale (LOL) this down and do an applique on a jumper for my 18 month Grand and make the purse
    for her! It’s after 2 am and all I want to do is get up and sew!

    You did an amazing job! May I share a few ideas that you might want to try…….I did these for my girls 40 years ago;

    a] FISH BOWL- applique fish, etc.,I even sewed in plastic greenery and appliqued
    mid weight clear plastic over it all

    b] GUM BALL MACHINE – appliqued circles,circles,circles in primary colors and applique same plastic on top. The most fun part was the contrasting color at the base that I made, then made a button hole in the plastic and inserted pennies…………..she LOVED it

    c] Appliqued ballerina then sewed tutu on her. complete with ribbon ties on her hand sewn toe shoes

    Thanks for walking this short distaqnce with me down my lovely memory lane………..keep up this great work because your children and their friends will NEVER forget what you did! God Bless You REAL Good!

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    senialen says:

    This is the cutest bag! My granddaughter in Gulf Shores will be 2 in Feb. and I must make this for her to take to the beach this summer! Adorable! Thanks so much for the pattern and tutorial! I just found your site today and will continue to follow you.

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    joni says:

    the only problem i had and learning this is the tie for colsing the bag t just didnt work right :( any ideas on what i can do?

  73. 73

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    celia says:

    I just completed this bag! I LOVE it! Im going to send it to our 5 year old niece who I know will really enjoy it. Best part was that I didnt have to buy a single thing to make it! Thank you so much for this, and all your other tutorials.

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    Jill says:

    How fun is this! I may have to make this one pretty soon! Thanks!

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    Brittany says:

    Hey I am having a difficult time with the sizing of the pieces. I am not to familiar with printing patterns this way and was wondering if anybody could help me. I would love to make this purse only much bigger to use as a backpack! ANY help is appreciated! and if somebody could explain how to do the backpack straps would be amazing too! Thank you so much

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    Julie says:

    I love this. I can’t wait to make it for my granddaughter, she is going to love it. Thank you so much. Your instructions are amazing.

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    Love it. Will have to make it for my granddaughter…

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    Maggie says:

    This is going to be made for my little girl to go see the re-release of Finding Nemo in SeptemberR! Gonna Try the orange!!! THANKS this is so cute! I will post when I get done!

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    Kel Rohlf says:

    Thanks so much for posting the fishy purse tutorial and pattern. I was on vacation this summer on Lake Michigan. I saw a young girl with a purse like this and wondered where to get the pattern. Now I get to make one for myself! Thanks again!

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    Claire says:

    Thank you so much for this precious pattern! I am hoping to make it today for my daughter, who is an ocean princess for Halloween! She informed me this morning that she wanted a fish bag to gather her candy tomorrow night! Score! :-D

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    Ellen says:

    What a great idea? Thank you for share it!!! I’m sure my 6 years old daughter will love one of it!

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    Aina Zaheer says:

    hello Ashley. loving you and your works a lot. I’m really impressed by your hard work and sincerity. wish all the best for you and your family. i cant wait to try out your lovely projects.
    P.S loving your little ones :)

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    anna says:

    the instructions say to cut out 24 outer fabric scales, and 24 lining fabric scales, while the actual pattern says to cut out 12 of each.

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    cucicucicoo says:

    oh my gosh, this is an AMAZING idea! *love*!!

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    Nickie says:

    You are totally awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That’s all I know to say!

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    Erika says:

    I wanted to say thank you for your tutorial and including the pdf pattern. I made 20 of these darlings as goodie bags for my sons upcoming Fishy 1st Birthday Party in May. Thank You!

    See all the bags here: http://www.bagsfromtheheart.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-fish-are-done.html

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    Tiff says:

    Why does the fish body #4 in the pattern look different than you have it pictured when you cut it? How should I proceed?

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    ruth-moraes says:

    Achei linda e fiquei apaixonada vou tentar fazer uma parecida com essa. Pois igual eu não consigo…..obrigada por postar tutorial…..

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    brooke says:

    how much material do i need in total for the scales not including the lining? thanks looks so good!!

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    Annette says:

    Thought I might make this into a Rainbow fish bag like the picture book by Marcus Pfister and include a silver scale and combine with the book for the present. Thanks for a great idea

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    Annette says:

    Just finished one for my soon to be 2 yr old niece who loves bags! I added a glittery scale so it would be like the fish from the kids book “The Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister. Turned out beautifully :)

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    Caroline says:

    I’m in the process of making this purse for my niece. I had the idea of making some silver scale covers for the scales and giving her the rainbow fish book. Is it possible to find non-stretchy silver fabric? It’s looking really cute as-is, so I may not worry about it. Thanks again for this fabulous, clear, free tutorial.

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    Krissie says:

    I am cutting out the pattern but don’t understand cutting on the fold. I get where the fabric folds that’s where you want to place the pattern but after you cut it do you cut the part that is folded? Does that make sense? It looks like you do according to the pictures. I am new at sewing.

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      Robin says:

      No, do no cut the fold. The pieces that are shown and see in the pictures have been unfolded. On the pattern piece, it says to cut them out twice that is why you see two pieces of each in the picture not because the fold was cut. Hope this makes sense. Have fun making this. It is a cute project!

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        Jeanie says:

        Hi, I’m hoping someone can answer this for me. I’m new to sewing as I start this project, and I’m also having some trouble understanding what “cut on fold” means? It looks like half of the piece that I eventually need. So am I right to think that I should fold my fabric and line up the folded edge with the edge of the pattern that says “cut on fold”? Yikes. I really hope I can make this properly. I’m loving this project so much!

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    Kathy says:

    This is so adorable! Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial! I am definitely going to make one

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    Kathy says:

    Just made this and LUV it! Thank you so much for sharing and posting the tutorial!!

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    Allison says:

    can you provide the patterns in any other format. I have a lot of problems printing out the pieces. thanks

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    Lucy says:

    This fishy is cut as th dickens. I have to enlarge it to make a bigger size for me. We live near the beach.( lots of fishermen and seafood resturants.) I really like the Idea one lady had of using shimmery cloth.I wish you had made a larger pattern,but I am sure I can figure it out myself. Thank you for the free pattern. I think it is wonderful you sew for your kids.

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    Ria Smits says:

    Love the bag and going to make one for myself (-: , I will go to the copy store to enlarge the pattern thank you so very much for sharing.
    greatings from the Netherlands, Ria

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