Bourse class – materials list

Hi everyone!

We shall be having a bourse class weekend on May 19-20.


Here’s a list of what you’ll need to make a bourse:


  • stitched piece: you need a square design to make a bourse, and you’ll (obviously) need to cut the linen into a square, leaving a generous margin around the design. My design was 9.2 cm square (3″ 3/4) and I added a 5-cm (2″) margin, PLUS a seam allowance. For a larger design, you will probably want a larger margin. To determine the width of your margin, just keep this in mind: the stitched piece shall form the bottom of the bourse, and the margins form the sides of the bourse. Do not forget to add seam allowances! (I use 1-cm allowances for small projects)
  • fabric square of the same size – I tend to cut mine slightly larger: better be safe than sorry, right? 😉
  • ribbon, narrow lace or cording (length will depend on your bourses’s size)
  • (optional) four buttons
  • sewing thread that matches the linen


  • ruler or measurer’s tape
  • scissors
  • (optional) pinking shears
  • pins
  • seam ripper or small pointed scissors
  • chopstick or whatnot to turn your work inside out and make crisp corners
  • hand-sewing needle

Bourse material list

(only the essentials are featured in the picture)

This is a very easy project, and while a sewing machine will make your work go quicker, you can absolutely do this by hand. Your work will even be more accurate if you sew it by hand – and it won’t take that long, I promise. 🙂

Anyone can do this project – it is ridiculously easy!

Please feel free to ask if you have any question. We all know there is no such thing as a dumb question 😉