I decided to make this particular bag for a dear friend for her Birthday. I fell in love with it while creating it and am sure that it will be the first of many to come. I have a stack of fabrics just waiting to become stylish.
Here is my take on the Ruffly Tote & a Tutorial to help you achieve the look or a similiar look. Enjoy!!
1~Plain Tote bag (you can purchase these from Michaels or Walmart in groups of 3, or one and in colors)
2~Vintage or new buttons
1~4" wide, and same width as your tote cut fabric for top Band.
4~ pieces of cut fabric that are 4" wide & 1 1/2 times longer than the width of your bag.
1~ Small strip of fabric about 2" wide to make a fabric flower. Follow the tutorial link for length.
Needle & Thread to sew embellishments and buttons.
Pins to help place fabric on the bag while sewing.
Any other embellishments you want to put on the purse.
|Placing top band|
|Cut the corners to get rid of bulk.|
|Attached Gathering foot|
|Ruffles Hemmed & Gathered.|
|Pin back 1st Ruffle and Sew on 2nd.|
|2 Ruffles and a Band straight stitched on|
You could leave it just at 2 Ruffles, or continue to straight stitch the other 2 Ruffles on just as you did the 2nd one. If you leave it at 2 Ruffles there is room for a Fabric stamped Embellishment or a sew on Monogram.
|Sewn on Embellishments|
Sew on your Flower and any other Embellishments and you are finished. It is a beauty I fell in love with. You could carry on and do the other side if you wish. There is just so many great ways this simple tote can be beautified!! Hope this was helpful & would love your feedback. Please let me know if I left a step out or you are stumped. Enjoy this simple beauty!!
Fabrics used were purchased at Hobby Lobby, USA and Fabricland, Canada.
Here is the link to the Wonderful Blog I learned about through Pinterest, on how to make a Rosette. I love it and am going to become a follower of her beautiful site. You will definately love the 2 steps it take to make the flower she has. I just used Step 1 here.
The Decorated House by Donna Courtney.