Wednesday, August 3, 2011

I finally made my ruffle bag! (and I can't wait to make more)

So for about a year now, I've had this little picture of a ruffle tote bag hanging on my computer in my studio. I always thought it was cute, but never had a free minute to experiment with the design. Fast forward to about two weeks ago. I get an email from a friend that read something like this..."I love this (picture of cute bag) for it's straps. I love this (picture of another cute bag) for the fabric....and I love THIS BAG!" And what was it? Oh yes, the very same ruffly bag idea that I've been looking at for over a year! I took this as a sign. I needed to do it NOW! So I told her I was not only up for the challenge, but excited to give it a whirl. Here is what I came up with:
It makes me want to twirl around!

I kept the ruffles to one side...didn't want to get TOO crazy!

I put a magnetic snap on this bag. I wanted it to have a slouchy,hobo look.
But I do plan to design a double handle- tote style with a zipper for all of you zipper fans! 

Up close and personal with the ruffles :)

My 6 year old took these pictures to show the size of the bag on me.
She may not understand cropping and backgrounds but  you get a nice view of my garage.
Sparkly clean thanks to the hubs :)

I'll have to tell the hubs to get out and pressure wash the driveway. It doesn't look sparkly like the garage!
 But Spencer doesn't seem to mind. He'll sleep anywhere!


  1. That is really cute! I love the striped fabric.

  2. This is SO cute! Did you use fabric or refashion it from something else? I absolutely love the stripes. Did you use any kind of interfacing or do without for the "slouchy" look you were going for? It seriously looks so awesome. I would be proud to show that off and tell everyone who asked that I made it if I were you ;) Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. This particular one is made from an upcycled BEDSHEET! how awesome is that?!?!? I love finding fun prints like this and making unique bags from them. I want them to look modern, with a touch of vintage so they have personality. And this print definitely has that ;) Thanks for stopping by, I jumped over to your blog to see you...Hi from this side of the world,wink,wink!

  4. I also forgot to answer the interfacing question, so here it is: If I'm using sheets, I always use a very thin interfacing to "bulk" it up just a little. For this bag, I also used fusible fleece in between the bag and lining. It gives it a little shape, but still allows it to slouch. And the longer the person carries the bag, the more it will slouch.

  5. This is so done goood girl! And so did your 6 yr old taking the pics! :)

  6. Adorable. I like that you took the time to line up the pattern from one tier to the next! Thanks for linking to Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

  7. I actually didn't line them up on purpose, but perhaps I should pretend I did! Lol!!

  8. Wow, this turned out really cute! I tried to get my 6 yr old to take a picture of me in one of the dresses I made for myself... Ha ha, it did not get used!

  9. This is adorable! I love that you made it from a bed sheet! I have some vintage ones that would be adorable this way. It's just precious...great job!!

  10. oh my word! it is darling! I love it so much:)

  11. I am making 12 more...I'll likely be done in about a year!lol!!


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