Ruby's Party Bag





I'm very excited  to be posting over here at the Moda Bake Shop, it's been awhile.  I'm so in love with this fabric by Bonnie and Camille, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it.  Come visit me over at my blog for a chance to win some of this super cute fabric for yourself!  Our Cozy Nest







3 Fat Eighths  (or 3 -  9" x 22" pieces of coordinating fabric)
1/2 yard of fast to fuse fusible interfacing or a similar stiff interfacing
Pattern Pieces - included in Printer Friendly Version at bottom of post.


Step One:  Pick three of your favorite coordinating pieces from your fat eighth bundle. Not easy to do since they are all so dang cute!



Step two:  Decide which piece of fabric you want to use for the body of your bag.  Iron it onto the fusible interfacing.


Step three:  Cut out pattern pieces, trace onto fabric, and cut out. You will need to cut two purse pieces.   The pattern for the sides and bottom of the purse will need to be traced and then flipped over and traced again on the other side since the fabric will be too stiff to fold.


Here is what you should have:


Step 4 - Do the same thing in step three for the lining of the bag.  Note - Be sure and layout your pattern pieces so you have that extra fabric on the right side.  This piece of fabric will be used for the "binding" at the top of the purse.  You will need to make sure there is 1 1/4" of extra fabric on the right side.


Step 5 - Lay one of the purse pattern pieces down with print side up.  Lay your piece for the sides and bottom on top of it with the print side down (like in picture below).  Starting on the right side, begin sewing the two together, making sure to back stitch at the beginning and end.  Note:  Use 1/4" seam allowance on the entire project unless noted otherwise.  I'm not much of a pinner and honestly this fabric is going to be so stiff, I'm not sure you could pin it.


I just sew a little at a time, sort of curving the sidepiece to the fabric piece as you go.  I kept my needle down when I lifted up the presser foot to move the fabric.


Step 6 - Now sew the other side of the purse on starting on the right side again.  Don't worry too much about having to bend and move the fabric, I just used an iron when I was finished to smooth it out.


When you're done sewing the body of the bag together, trim the edges of the bag down to about 1/8".  
Follow steps 5 and 6 for the lining of the bag.  Turn your bag (not the lining) right side out and place the lining inside so that wrong sides are together.  Stitch the two together by sewing around the top of your bag using a 1/4" (or a little less) seam allowance. It's embarrassing that it took me a while to figure this out, but it's much easier to do this if you remove the extension table from your machine (that blue plate you see on mine).


Step 7 - Make the ruffle for the top of the purse.  Out of you third coordinating piece of fabric, cut a strip of fabric that measures 2 1/2" wide by 22" long.  Iron the fabric in half with the print on the outside. If the raw edges on the end of the ruffle bother you, just fold it over 1/4" before ironing it in half lengthwise and stitch. To make the ruffle I just sew along the length  of the fabric (raw edges on the inside) and about every  3/4" make a pleat by folding the fabric up about 1/4" inch and then back down again.  The picture below shows it much better than I can explain it.  When you are done making the ruffle, sew it to the top of your bag. Finished off the edges by overlapping the two ends about 1/2".


Step 8 - Making the bag handle.  Cut a piece of fabric that is approximately 2" x 11" out of the same fabric as your ruffle.  Iron the strip of fabric in half, unfold and then iron the outside edges into the center like pictured below.  Iron back in half (should be 1/2" wide) and stitch 1/8" in on both sides.


Step 9 - Pin handle to purse like pictured below and tack into place.



Step 10 - Binding around top of bag.  I apologize for this very poor picture, I couldn't get my flash to work. I did this the same way I would bind a quilt.  This is where you will use that little 1 1/4" wide piece of fabric that you saved from the lining.  You will need to sew the two pieces together end to end, it should be about 16" inches long although you wont need nearly that much. Iron fabric in half lengthwise and then unfold and iron one side into the center (just like you did for the handle, but only one side).

Sew onto the top of your bag by placing the side of the binding that is not folded onto the top of your bag with print side down.  Fold the very edge of the binding over about 1/4" to give the edge a finished look.  Sew around entire opening of bag and when you get to the end,  overlap the pieces 1/2" to 1" folding the very end over 1/4" before stitching down.  Now the fun part (at least to me).  Fold binding over onto the inside of bag an hand stitch down.  If your bag is wrinkly when you're done, take a hand towel and wrap it around your hand.  Put your wrapped hand inside of the bag and apply a warm iron to outside of bag until you are happy with how it looks.
 






One super cute party bag, for your little princess!


Nicole Willmore

52 comments:

Cherie said...

So cute! And so easy!

Heidi @ Boys, Buttons, and Butterflies said...

Adorable and simple...perfect!!!

Holly G said...

Love the bag project and the uber cute fabrics, but I have to point out that that is NOT fusible interfacing in your pictures, but fusible quilt batting. Totally different thing. It's much thicker than interfacing.

gill said...

Gorgeous! I love Ruby!

Rebecca said...

This is adorable!

Robin said...

Super cute!!! Thanks so much for sharing. I know some girls who'd flip for one of these!

Connie said...

this is super adorable!

lrstitched.com said...

Very cute, my little girl would love this!

Susie said...

Absolutely adorable purse, but is everyone else getting the both pattern pieces? For some reason, when I download the printer friendly version I'm only getting the second pattern piece and not the first piece (the body of the bag).

abelian said...

I'm also getting a blank page in the PDF where the main bag pattern should be.

abelian said...

Aha! I was opening the PDF with Preview on my Mac. When I switched to Adobe Reader version X, the missing page was fine!

Natty said...

these are so cute! My girls would love them :)

Nicole said...

The fabric is used for the interfacing is interfacing. I checked the plastic lining that comes with it when you buy it. It does say fast 2 fuse interfacing. Thanks for the heads up!

Susie said...

Hi Abelian. I have a Mac too, but can't figure out how you opened it. Could you tell me please?

Pauline said...

Great design-and I can see variations of this, a longer strap, a tab closure... I'm off to select some fabric!

Maryjean said...

ovisdeI love love love this! I plan on...plan on... making 4 for Christmas gifts. Thank you

Dawn Hendrix said...

O MERCY thats C U T E!

superstitches said...

Wish the pattern pieces were all there. This would make cute gifts for the little girls I know.

Lexi said...

Wow, I've made one already today and my little girl loves it. Thanks for a great tutorial!

traceyjay said...

such a cute pattern! ♥

Elsa said...

Great tutorial, love the bag. Thanks so much for sharing!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Adorable bag!

Svetlana said...

HOw adorable, love it!

Mimi said...

Super tutorial and a lovely little bag.

Party supplies said...

Wow this such a great article and the tips are very comprehensive. For sure many entrepreneurs with small and big businesses are going to benefit from this. Keep it up!

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Handmade Sewing Project said...

You have no idea how long I've been looking for an adorable project to do to use some of my fat eighths! This is wonderful, thank you so much!! :)

Teresa said...

Hi from Spain !!!!!
Lovely bag, lovely tutorial thanks for sharing with us, but... where is the pattern? I want to make one for my daughter and I can not find the pattern, could you please tell me where to find it?
Thanks and best regards
Teresa

Modern Male Homemaker said...

Perfect little purse! I'll be making a few of these for Christmas presents for sure!

Brittany said...

Love it! Thanks so much for sharing!

Emily said...

Really cute and I'd love to start on this one today but for the life of me cannot locate the pattern! Pls help!

elnorac said...

Such a sweet bag! Thanks for so generously sharing your talent with us!

Nicole said...

Emily, I hope you will get this. You didn't leave an e-mail so I don't know how else to get in touch with you. You need to click the printer friendly version at the end of the post for the pattern. Hope this helps!

ShanPat said...

I have the pieces cut out, and it appears to me that the pieces for the sides and bottom are far too long. I think I have 2" extra on each side. To fix, I've elected to pin from the bottom middle out and cut off the extra. Can you check this? I printed the PDF at the same time, so don't believe it's a sizing error on the printer. Thanks! Can't wait to have this bag finished! Adorable!

ShanPat said...

SORRY ALL! It's MY printer. :( It elected to print the bag piece pattern in portrait, so it shrank it. I have a smaller version bag. Still adorable, but a bit more challenging to get the ruffle on. And my printer is not allowing me to print it correctly.

MomMom said...

Cute purse, I just tried it out. I think I may make another but if I do it will have to be bigger by about 2 inches at least all around. It was TIGHT to get around the neck of my sewing machine.

Yaneth Galeano said...

Qué bolsos más coquetos. congratulations!! los quiero para mi.
Un abrazo

Cristina Tonin said...

Obrigada por compartilhar, adorei!

Lorraine said...

this was on my to-do list too and the main pattern piece is blank on the pdf download. Could we pleeze get the main pattern piece. Thank You.

mlefferts said...

save the pdf of the pattern and open in Adobe and it comes up, if you just try to open it in your web browser you won't see both pieces. Not sure why this is, but once I saved it and opened it in Adobe I saw both pieces. HTH!

Unknown said...

Very cute but my goodness it's hard to sew! The opening at the top of the bag is narrower than my machine's sewing surface ( what is that called anyway?) even with the additional area removed. I ended up doing the binding by hand, and wish I'd done the ruffle that way too. I'll be making more (three daughters all want one), but first I'll be enlarging the pattern so that I can machine sew it. Thanks for a great idea!

Sitti said...
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Sitti said...

This purse was the perfect accessory to the dress I made my granddaughter for a fashion show and my local quilt shop. It was very easy, the instructions were perfect. I did, however make my purse an inch bigger as suggested by ShanPat in this blog. It was a hit at the fashion show. I'll be making more.

jools said...

Great tutorial and not so hard except the step 10 (especially the second paragraph), I can't figure it out :(
Maybe because of the language (I'm French)...
Could someone explain me with other words or have some photos more explicit?
That would be great! :)

jools said...

Great tutorial and not so hard except the step 10 (especially the second paragraph), I can't figure it out :(
Maybe because of the language (I'm French)...
Could someone explain me with other words or have some photos more explicit?
That would be great! :)

Nancy said...

they are soooo cute

Trish said...

Looks like a fabulous bag, I'd so love to make one but cannot find the 'download' link?

Many thanks

Trish

momof4buoys said...

Hi Trish!

I was searching for the link as well. It is located just below the last photo, above the "Tweet" and "Pin It" links. It's called Printer Friendly Version. When the new window opens with the instructions, the pattern pieces will appear at the very end.

Julie

Monica Roland said...

I love this pattern and want to make a First Communion purse for my granddaughter. But, no matter what I do, only one section of the pattern appears (the side and bottom). The main section does not appear, and I have a new computer and printer. II am using the "printer friendly" section. Still, nothing. Please help!

Suzanne said...

Thank you for this adorable pattern...


http://justanotherhangup.blogspot.com/2013/07/little-girl-purse.html

Suzanne said...
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Kris Coplan said...

@Suzanne do you put interfacing on the lining of the bag, also?

JanetD said...

I love this pattern! I made one in July for my granddaughter (16 months old) and she carries it everywhere! It's great because it is open and she can easily put stuff in an out. Going to make her one in fall fabrics. Thanks again!