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? πŸ˜‰
  • 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. πŸ™‚

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 πŸ˜‰



13 thoughts on “Bourse class – materials list

  1. Isabelle, what is a bourse? I’m laughing at myself because I thought it was such a dumb question and then I read your comment about there is no such time as a dumb question! You read my mind!

    Have a great weekend!

    Hi Alberta! Bourse is the French for pouch or purse. We like to call them “bourses” because they became popular when a French Au Fil des RΓͺves design called Bourse maison de brodeuse was published.
    You can see a bourse I made for KarenV here.
    You’ll see what it looks like, both opened and closed πŸ™‚
    Hope this helps, if not feel free to ask again πŸ˜€

  2. Thanks for a very clear description of what we’ll need, Isabelle. I’ve been dying to try this and I’m really looking forward to the tutorial. πŸ˜€

  3. Thank you for offering to have this tutorial Isabelle. I really appreciate your clear instructions for tools and materials needed to complete this project. I am looking forward to trying this very much. πŸ˜€

  4. I am so excited that you are offering this class! Just like Barbara, I have been dying to try a bourse finish for myself. Now I just need to either find something in my finishing pile that I can use or stitching something up quickly. Aw shucks. πŸ˜‰

  5. Thanks everyone πŸ™‚ Jenna, you can totally use a small design, as long as it’s square. A biscornu design from Periphaeria would be perfect, for instance. πŸ˜‰

  6. Oh excellent! πŸ™‚ I too need to stitch something up for this, I don’t think I have a thing in my finishing pile I can use. The only thing that comes to mind is one of the Quaker squares from Workbasket but I’ll have to check the stash πŸ˜‰

  7. Wonderful! I think I might just have to join you for this wonderful project! Now to find a design that I can stitch quickly and buy some fabric. I think I have the rest of the supplies that are needed!

  8. Oh, I’d love to make a bourse! I won’t have any of my fabric though (still crossing the seas), so I’ll have to follow the instructions and make one another time πŸ™‚

  9. Here’s my dumb question, Isabelle. What’s the difference between pressing and ironing? LOL – guess who hardly touches her iron???

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