I have several other bags that I should be making. I even have another bag completely cut out. For some reason, I can't get myself to sew together that bag. I also have several other non-sewing things I need to get done. So, why is it NOW that I feel inspired and creative? I HAD to make this bag....it was in my head. :) It's been a while since I've made my own bag pattern. I started it last night and finished it this morning. I made this bag out of muslin because I wanted a shabby chic kind of look. I wanted it to be pretty, a little rustic and very feminine. I had fun playing with my sewing machine ruffle foot.
I decided to call this bag "Prilly" as in pretty frilly. :)
I created a paper template for the bag body. I cut this template out of muslin and heavy weight interfacing. I tore several 2.5 inch strips of muslin. I measured up 3" from the bottom of the bag and marked a line. I measured and marked 3" from that line....I kept doing this until I reached the top. I used the ruffle foot to attach the torn strips to the front and back of the bag. After I had finished adding the ruffles, I decided I wanted the ruffles to be fuller. I added more rows of ruffles in between the other rows.
The side gusset of this bag was originally the handles, but I didn't like how it looked. I ripped the bag apart and restructured it.
It took me a little bit to figure out how to do the handles. I wanted something a little different...and still very feminine. So, I played with some scrap fabric trying to figure out how to make handles. I decided to take a strips of fabric turn each short end under 1/4" then sew strips of fabric in a tube to hide the raw edges. I turned the tube right side out, pressed and edge stitched. I gathered the handles and sewed them to the top of the bag. I then added the bows.