Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I place an order?

Select the pattern of interest, and click on the 'add this to my cart' button. From the shopping cart, if you wish to determine your the shipping costs, scroll down to the shipping calculator, and enter your shipping location and click on the 'update' button. To proceed with the order, click on the 'Proceed to Checkout' button. Log in if you are a returning customer; new customers can register, or check out without registering by clicking on the 'PayPal Express Checkout' button. A PayPal account is not required by pay by credit card. After you confirm your order, please wait for the order to complete processing. When your payment is successfully processed, an order number is assigned and displayed, and you are automatically sent a confirmation email. If you close your browser prior to the completion of payment processing, your order is lost.

Do you charge sales tax?

7.25% sales tax will be added to the purchase price for shipments to a North Carolina address.

Do all patterns include full size pattern pieces?

Most patterns do not have full size pattern pieces. Full size pattern pieces are defined as pattern pieces that you use to cut your fabric OR pieces (1/2 size or 1/4 size) that are placed on the fold of the fabric or on doubled over material and cut. If a pattern has full size pieces for the body of the bag but only measurements (i.e. 18" x 6") for the handle, we consider that also as full size pattern pieces. Patterns WITH full size pattern pieces will have the symbol '*' immediately following the title of the pattern. Patterns that are symmetrical in shape (rectangular, square, etc.) will have measurements only.

Many independent pattern designers do not include full size pattern  pieces with their patterns.

What payment methods do you accept?

We accept credit cards: MasterCard, VISA, Discover, and American Express. We also accept PayPal.

Do you have a printed catalog available?

Our pattern catalog is online only (All Patterns). New patterns are added every month, and announced in our email newsletter (sign up here).

Do you have a store that I can visit?

PursePatterns.com is online only.

When can I expect to receive my order?

We usually ship the next business day after your order is placed, excluding holidays and occasional market events. For delivery in the USA, First Class Mail delivery is between 2 - 5 business days. Tracking information provided by the USPS for domestic (USA) delivery. Priority Mail delivery is within 2 - 3 business days. Books are shipped by USPS Media Mail, with delivery in 2 - 9 business days.

For international shipments, we offer United State Postal Service mail delivery by either First Class Mail International or Priority Mail International. According to the USPS, delivery for First Class Mail International "varies." International customers have provided feedback indicating delivery within 2 - 3 weeks for most deliveries, but some international customers report delays of several (4 - 8) weeks. Priority Mail International delivery is stated at 6 to 10 business days, however, there may be additional delays in customs.

All international shipments are subject to customs inspection and assessment of duties, taxes, and fees in accordance with your country's national laws. Customs duties and taxes are assessed, generally, if the item sent is dutiable and if the value of the item is above the threshold set by your country's laws.

It is important to understand that, if duties and taxes are assessed on an item, they are collected from the recipient. Shipping and handling is charged to cover the cost of delivery only, and does not include charges assessed by customs in the destination country. USPS form 2976 will be filled out and attached to the outside of the package identifying the contents, cost, and country of origin, per customs regulations.

What is your return policy?

Please see Shipping & Returns for our Return Policy.

Can I sell the finished purses that I make from a purchased pattern?

All patterns on this website are copyrighted by the respective pattern designer. Some designers allow for handmade purses to be freely sold, however, designers often place restrictions on the use of their designs for commercial purposes. The patterns typically include a statement such as "...designs are protected by Copyright. Patterns are for personal use of the purchaser and bags must not be reproduced to gain profit." The designer has created intellectual property (IP), and reserves the right to license the design to manufacturers. The individual pattern designer should be contacted for an applicable licensing agreement or clarification of their IP policy.

How do I find my fancy?

If you have a favorite designer, you might start by clicking on the designer from the list in the column to the left (or from the list of designers in the mobile menu). Alternatively, you could enter your desired key words into the search box. A more brute force method would be to click on the All Patterns link, and scroll through the almost 2400 patterns available.

We also have a considerable selection of bag accessories, hardware, interfacing, mesh fabric, booklets, and books.

  • Bag ACCESSORIES - contains bag bottoms and other accessories.
  • Bag GROMMETS - contains grommets in three sizes and various colors.
  • Bag HARDWARE - contains D-rings, rectangular rings, magnetic snaps, purse feet, twist locks, strap sliders, and swivel spring snap hooks, in various sizes and colors.
  • Bag Interfacing - interfacing by Bosal, Lazy Girl Designs, Timtex, Fast2Fuse, and Soft & Stable by Annie.
  • Bag MESH Fabric - lightweight mesh fabric by Annie and medium weight mesh fabric by Nifty Notions in a wide variety of colors.
  • BOOKLETS - pattern booklets and lighter weight books.
  • BOOKS and MAGAZINES - with FREE shipping via USPS Media Mail.
Patterns are often put On SALE, sometimes for a limited time only!

Finally, there is a special category called UNIQUE Purse Patterns which includes purse patterns by many other designers.

Prices are subject to change without notice.
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