Monday, November 14, 2011

Sewing Tutorial - Flouncy Bag Part 2

OK- so my lovely sister Rachel decided to take my camera home with her this past weekend- so I am extremely sorry for the picture quality, I had to use my phone!

We left off with the outside of the bag complete

The next step is to create the inside lining.

Take one of the band pieces and one of the inside lining pieces and right sides together sew along the 10" side. Do this for both sides

Press the seam so you have a nice flat look. I probably could have just cut 1 piece out but I didn't really pay attention to the fact that I was using the same fabric for the inside band as well as the inside lining. This would have looked better had I used different fabric.

Place both pieces right sides together and pin the left and right side. You are going to want to sew ONLY the left and right sides- do not sew the top or bottom.

Next you are going to want to pin the remaining oval to the bottom opening and sew along the bottom edges

Once that is completed here is what your inside should look like- there is no need to turn this inside out.

Now we are going to add the straps. You should have two 4-5" pieces as well as a longer strap. Right now we are only working with the two smaller pieces.

You want to take a D ring, or Circle ring, or any "ring" you want really and put it inside each of the small pieces of strap. Fold the strap in half.

Personally I would have liked to use a larger D-ring, and I KNOW I went to the store and got one, but I searched my sewing room for a good 45 minutes, and I could not find it. Finally I decided this would be O.K.

Pin the strap to the inside on your bag. Making sure you have the center of the strap lined up with the seam on the side of the bag.

Do this for both sides.

Place the outside of your bag (right side out) inside the lining of your bag. Pin all around.

You are going to sew around the raw edges about 1/4' in- you want to leave a pretty good size space unsewn -this will be how you turn the bag right side out. I left about a 7" gap (you can see where I placed 2 strait pins next to each other on the right side of the bag- that is how I knew my starting and stopping point). I started at the lower right hand side where the blue and black pins are, and I ended at the top right hand side where the red and blue pins are.

Using the opening- very carefully pull the bag right sides out.

After flipping the lining inside the bag you will see the small gap opening.

You need to pin the opening closed and sew around the whole outside of the bag creating a nice finished edge. I like to sew just right next to the edge 1/10" or so.

I forgot to take a picture of that step- but you can see in the picture below the top stitching around the opening of the bag.

We are almost done!

Take the long piece of your strap and on one of the D-rings fold it over and pin to your preferred length- I liked the look of mine fairly close to the ring. Sew a rectangle on top of the already existing rectangle for a sturdy and clean look.

On the other side- you should have your button and button hole- no sewing required, simply put the button in and your done!

Here is the purse finally finished. Once I get my camera back I will take a nicer picture of the finished product and add- sorry for the lack of quality!


  1. I'm hoping to make this soon. I noticed they said non directional fabric but the piece i have is directional. do you think it makes a difference?

  2. Thank you for the pictures! The extra directions were great too. I think I would have had a mess if I tried this with just the directions from the book.

  3. Thank you so much for the tutorial. I have the book and found the instructions extremely confusing -- your photos and explanations were a huge help!!


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