Zippi Purse Pattern PBZP-1159

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The 'Zippi Purse' was designed by Jane MacDonald. This lovely purse is a great carry all for small items. Instructions include methods to do a Boro version. If you would like to purchase the supplies to make this item please read on. This products also exists as a Zippi Purse Kit

Approximate size:
Small: 16cm(Top) x 19cm(Base) x 9cm(height) x 5cm(depth)
Large: 18cm(Top) x 21cm(Base) x 11cm(height) x 6cm(depth)


Boro is a Japanese word that when translated simply means rag. Historically the word has come to mean patched clothing, bags, bedding including many household items. 

A utilitarian technique to keep your articles useful and warm by adding patches and stitches.

We have included two pattern sizes. Large and medium. The requirement list below shows the requirements needed to make a large boro inspired purse and a medium sized purse using a feature fabric. These of course could be swapped around.




For a large Boro purse:

35cm x 35cm muslin sarashi base fabric

30cm fabric for lining yarn dyed make a great lining see also printed fabrics for a groovy option

Whisperweft (lightweight iron on interfacing).

20cm zipper which will be shortened

Scrap fabrics or 1 or 2 BeBe Bold boro pack 

Sashiko or crochet thread by Olympus Thread, sashiko needle by Olympus or Tulipleather sashiko thimble, hera marker

General sewing supplies


For a medium sized purse (if using feature fabric only):

30cm feature fabric that you can pick from Sarasa, Takumi

30cm fabric for lining

Iron on pellon H630

Whisperweft (lightweight iron on interfacing).

15cm zipper

General sewing supplies


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1 Review

  • 4
    I have used the pattern and as I have done a lot of boro I was able to utilise the pieces to make the purse.I also developed an easier way of sewing in the zip by hand. But I do love your products.

    Published by Pauline on 27th Dec 2019

    As above

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