Keeping it Simple: Ruffle Purse

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Ruffle Purse

Just in case you missed my guest post on the Ribbon Retreat blog.

When I was 16 I made this clear tape wallet.  Inside it I put a picture of a monkey and cheese, because back then I was obsessed with monkeys and cheese.  I still use this wallet.... until just recently I would put it in my back pocket.  I know not very girlie.  I wanted to continue to use my wallet, but it was time to grow up....

So I made this cute ruffled purse!
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I used the super cute fabric,  Joyful Garden by Studio E and a grey kitty 14" zipper from the Ribbon Retreat.
This is how I made it:
1) First I cut out the fabric for the strap.  I cut one piece 5"x45" and the other two strips are  1 1/2"x45"
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2) For the strap, I folded it in half and then sewed it together
3) I then turned it inside out.
4) For the ruffle, I sewed the two pieces together and then zig zagged the edges to prevent fraying.  Then I sewed a straight stitch down the middle, using my longest stitch setting.
5) I then pulled the bobbin thread and gathered the fabric to make the ruffle.
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6) I then put the ruffle onto the strap and sewed it on.
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7) Next I cut the fabric for the bag.  I cut 5 different pieces.  The front and back were 12"x10", the sides were 4"x10" and the bottom was 4"x12".  This fabric will be the outside of the purse.
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8) I then cut the same size pieces, using a different fabric.  This will in the inside of the purse.
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9) Next I cut some pieces of fabric for the pockets inside the purse.  These pieces were all 5"x12"
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For all the pieces, I put the fronts together and sewed them together, leaving one side open so I could flip it inside out.
10) I started with the pockets and sewed them together
11) I sewed the pockets onto the front and back pieces of the fabric that will be in the inside of the purse. I just did a straight line in the middle of the pocket.
12) I put all of the 5 pieces together, fronts facing each other.  At this time, I put the strap into the side pieces.
13) I sewed all of the pieces together and then turned them inside out.
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Now it's time to start building the purse
14) I put the front piece together with a side and sewed them together.  I used a zig zag stitch so it would be a stronger stitch.
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15)I continued building the bag by putting the front and back pieces with the side pieces.
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Now for the bottom.
16) Here is the purse without the bottom
17) I flipped the purse inside out and then pinned the bottom onto the bottom of it.  Then I sewed all around the edge.
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Since my kids love to get into my purse, I wanted to put a zipper on it so they can't get into it so easily :)

18) I took the 14" zipper.  I only needed it to be 10" so I used a needle and thread to close the zipper at the length I need.  Then I cut off the rest of the zipper, leaving an inch.Photobucket
19) I then sewed some fabric onto the zipper, making it 4"x12"
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20) Just like the bottom, I sewed the zipper to the top.  This time I didn't turn it inside out and just sewed it onto the purse.

And here's the purse, super cute but it needs some ruffles :)
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For the ruffles:
21) I cut four different fabric into strips of 5"x45".  Each fabric needed two strips.
22) I folded the strip in half and then sewed the two strips together.  Then I ruffled the fabric.
23) Using a hot glue gun.  I glued the ruffles onto the purse. I pinned it in place first and then glued it.
24) I worked my way up the bag, gluing the ruffles onto it.
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25) I wanted to leave a little bit of the fabric of the purse showing (because it's sooo cute!).  I made a 1 1/2" strip ruffle to finish off the ruffles.  I made it the same way I did the grey ruffle on the strap.Photobucket
26) Next I added a flower to the front of the purse.  I just used the ruffle and wrapped it around itself to make the flower.
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And now I have a super fun purse!!!  I just love the fabric :)
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Here's a close up 
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And the inside, prefect for my phone and camera and keys. 
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I just love the length of the strap, so I don't have to worry about it falling off my shoulder when I'm dealing with kids :)
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4 comments:

Kelley @ TheGrantLife.com said...

That came out great! I love the fabric you used too! :)

Alisha @ Crafty Brooklyn Army Wife said...

Very cute bag. I love the fabric and ruffles!! Stopping by from Fabric Bows and More linky party.

Here is what I shared this week: http://craftybrooklynarmywife.blogspot.ca/2012/04/another-coat-for-holly.html

Staci said...

Yahoo. I am soooo making me one. You might have to come help me.

CSI girl said...

I love this tutorial and how well you explain it. I need to make one. I would love for you to share on my blog, The CSI Project. The challenge this week is accessories. You can start linking up Wednesday night. And a great giveaway will be given out. You could win.

www.thecsiproject.com
Each week is a new challenge.