Thursday, June 3, 2010

Today In My Craft Room Part II: Ruffle Flower Purse

First, let me say that I got this idea here.

Here are the supplies for the little purse that I made to match Little Miss' skirt:
1. Two outside pieces (or one long rectangle, like I had)
2. Two lining pieces (that's the denim) identical in dimension to the outside pieces
3. A coordinating strap piece, about 3" by your desired length
4. A yard or so of coordinating strip, about 3" wide, for the flower front
5. A length of coordinating fabric for the bottom ruffle, about 24" long by 3" wide
All these measurements are subject to how you'd like your bag to turn out. My bag is around 8" tall by 6" wide.

First, put the two outer pieces together with the right sides facing. Sew the two outer edges (since I used a long rectangle, I only needed to sew one edge). No need to finish the edges since they'll be enclosed once it's lined.

Fold the bottom ruffle strip in half widthwise and iron. Pleat it, pinning the pleats in place.

The strip should fit snugly inside the bottom opening, where you'll want to line it up with the raw edges hanging out a little bit (to make sure that you won't have any edges sticking out of the right side of your bag on the outside).

Sew a straight stitch across the entire bottom.

Turn right side out. This should be the end result.

Put the two lining pieces together, right sides facing, and sew around the sides and bottom. Clip the bottom corners so that it'll lay cleaner on the inside.

For the strap, sew a tube then turn it inside out. Iron it flat, and topstitch down both long sides.

This is where a little more attention is required. Line up the short ends of the straps with the top edge of the bag. Make sure to line them up with the exact sides of the bag. Pin.

Place the outside of the bag inside the lining, their right sides facing. You may want to pin the strap down to the outside of the bag so that it won't creep up and get in the way while you sew.

Line up the top edges of the lining and the outside. Make sure the strap ends are sandwiched in between. Also make sure the straps are lined up with the exact sides of the lining.

Pin all the way around. Make sure all the edges are even.

Sew a straight stitch around the top edge, leaving a few inches open for turning.
I'd recommend a little more space than what I left between the edge and the stitch. Probably about 3/4" or so.

Turn the whole thing inside out. This is kind of a pain.

Tuck the lining inside the bag.

Topstitch around the edge of the top of the bag. When you get to the opening, make sure that you aren't stitching below the open edge.

This should be your end result!

Now for the embellishment. If you have multiple strips, sew the ends together to make one long one. Fold your strip in half widthwise and sew closed. You don't have to turn it inside out, because you'll be hiding them. You also don't need to finish the raw edges if you're hot gluing, because you can seal all the edges down with the glue.

If you need to, draw a circle on your bag. I just eyeballed. Run a line of hot glue 1/4 of the circle, and press the raw edge of your strip into it, about an inch at a time. Every inch, make a small pleat and turn your strip to follow the glue line.

Continue until your circle is done, then run another line of glue along the inside of the circle, as far in a necessary to expand your flower but still hide your raw edge. Continue the flower in this way until you're done.

Tuck the end edge under and glue into place. Dab an adequate amount of hot glue in the center of the flower and stick on a bit of flair. Please be more careful with your hot glue than I was. I got a little messy! Add a closure to the bag top if you want, and you're done!


Beverly @ said...

Oh I reaaaaly love your bag! The fabrics and the ruffle are great! And I think your flower turned out so good. Super cute.
(Thanks for the link. ;)

Melody said...

Thank you! I love yours, too!

Ellie Mae said...

I love the purse. I make purses out of old blue jeans and have tons of scrap denim material left from the legs and the lining. These will make wonderful little girl purses, for the little ladies on my Christmas list.

Melody said...

Thank you, Ellie Mae! These do make great gifts. I wish I had more little girls on my Christmas list, but I have 7 nephews and no nieces. :P

AmberRay said...

I love it. Very cute :)

Theresa said...

Adorable and GREAT tutorial! Really love the flower :)

Christina said...

I love the purse and the skirt! So adorable!

MariCrea said...

what a beautiful bag ... I really like.