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I know I teased a lot with this tutorial, mostly because I made it so long ago, 4 months ago to be exact. I took the pictures the week I moved this little blog to WordPress. Since things got so busy after that I almost forgot I had it, until just a few weeks back. And finally today I have time to write this tutorial and hopefully, you'll get a chance to make your own ruffles handbag!
This is my first bag tutorial and I thought it would be nice to have a lot of steps, so you are warned, there are TONS of pictures :) maybe that's why it took me so long hehe
2 pieces of 16×11 inches of main/outer fabric – I used home decor weight fabric for a better shape bag (pink, green, brown stripes)
2 pieces of 16×11 inches of liner/inner fabric – I use a pink canvas
2 pieces of 16×11 inches or bigger of lightweight interfacing – I use Pellon 808
3 pieces of 7×3 inches, one of main/outer fabric, one of satin or the ruffle's fabric and one of interfacing – for the closure
3 pieces of 2.5×24 inches, 2 of main/outer fabric and one of interfacing – for the strap
3 pieces of 5×7 inches of liner/inner fabric and one of interfacing – for central pocket
3 pieces of 5×10 inches, 2 of liner/inner fabric and one of interfacing – for double pockets
2 pieces of satin (I used brown) of the following shape for the ruffles:
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So as listed above you will need: Interfacing Main/outside fabric Liner/inside fabric Satin for the ruffles and closure A set of magnetic snaps A candle to burn the edge of the satin Iron for the interfacing
1- Cut all your pieces according to the part's list and press interfacing to the back of both main/outside parts, one of the pieces for the strap, one of the pieces for the central pocket and one of the pieces for the double pocket.
2- Cut your ruffles and burn carefully all edges with the candle.
3- Once all edges are ready, with a matching thread and your machine set up at the longest possible stitch sew a line about an inch away from the edge.
4- Remember to leave a long piece of treat before and after sewing, because you will pull in one of them to make the ruffle.
5- Pull one of the treats at the beginning and even it out to have a cute ruffle.
6- Mark with a pin in the middle top and bottom of your main/outside piece (remember you had to already attach the interfacing at this point) and you will be marking the longer side.
7 – Now place the bottom of your ruffle in the center mark of your outside piece.
8 – Arrange the ruffle until it fits the length of your main/outside piece, pin the center so it doesn't move because you will need to sew on top of the line you sewed to make the ruffles.
9- Now sew a second line right next to the first one, I sewed it 1/4 inch away.
10- Repeat from step number 3 with your other main/outside piece and ruffle. Once both pieces are done place them facing each other and pin the outside.
11- Now sew 1/2 and inch away from the edge all the way around your bag, leaving the top open.
12 – Press your seems and the corners, you will need that to mark and sew the bottom.
13- Mark the bottom of your bag. I measure approx an inch away from the tip and made sure the length of the mark was 2.5 inches.
14- After that sew the marks on both sides. It will look something like this.
15- Now measure 3inches from the top on the inside of the front side, Make a mark so you can fit your magnetic snap.
16- Make both cuts.
17- Push the snap from the front and secure it on the back.
18- Before securing the back make sure your snap is visible and not covered by the ruffles.
19- Now for the closure, you have both pieces and the satin has the interfacing in the back. I just drew a symmetrical curve on one of the edges for the snap.
20- To add more body and strength add a little piece of interfacing where you want your snap to be, I centered in the top of the piece. just make sure you have enough room because you will need to sew and then turn inside out.
21- Cut the interfacing excess and place the other side of the snap.
22- Place both pieces with the fronts facing each other and sew all the way around leaving the bottom open.
23- Turn inside out
24- with a matching treat sew all the way around to secure it.
25- For the strap. Place both fabrics with the fronts facing each other and sew on one side.
26 – Press the steam and fold the strap with the fronts facing out. Press the edges to the inside.
27- Here you can see how I pressed the edges to the inside.
28- Finally sew on top of both edges to secure it.
29- For the main pocket, you can add a label if you want, remember that one of the sides has interfacing in the back.
30- place both pieces facing each other and sew all the way around leaving the bottom open and cut the edges to have a better corner.
31- Turn inside out and press, press a fold in the bottom.
32- Repeat from step number 29 with the double pocket pieces.
33- Place one of the liner/inside pieces and center the main pocket.
34- Sew it together, I like the look of the contrasting treat so I sewed it double reinforcing the top edges.
35- Repeat step 33 with the double pockets and sew them as you like. I like to sew them double. Always remember to reinforce the top edges.
36- Place both liner/inside pieces facing each other and sew the sides leaving at least 6 inches open in the bottom, to turn the bag inside out later.
37- Secure the edges, I like to use a zig-zag stitch. Repeat step 13 in the bottom of both sides.
38- Now place the closure with the top facing inside and pin it to the opposite ruffle's side.
39- Pin the strap to the center of the sides.
40- and make sure everything is on the inside.
41- The pockets have to be facing in. pin all the way around the top to secure everything and sew around.
42- Extend and you will have this.
43- In the inside fold 1/2 an inch away from the strap (you can't see it in the picture because the strap is in the inside, but you can feel it and mark to measure.)
44- Sew a 4 inches long line, 2″ below the center.
45- Sew 4 sides.
47- Turn bag inside out through the open in the bottom of the liner/inside.
48- You will end up with this.
49- Push the liner piece to the inside and sew all the way around the top.
YOU are DONE!
I also made this other bag changing the measurements of the main pieces, making it a little big longer and smaller. You can make it just as big or small you want.
I hope you enjoy this tutorial and if you make it share pictures in the SewJoyful flickr group! I would love to feature your work too!
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