Friday, May 22, 2009

slouch purse, kind of a tutorial

There are some super great tutorials out there for the making of all kind of things wonderful and crafty. That being said, this is my first 'tutorial' so I will simply do my best. I don't follow patterns and rarely measure... keep that in mind.

I really wanted to make one of those funky trendy bags I keep seeing everyone carry. I don't even know what they are called. I found some online called pillowcase bags. I didn't have a pillowcase that I wanted to use, so I just cut out fabric about the size of a pillowcase. I used some funky new fabric I bought this weekend at our new IKEA!

I sewed the sides shut like a pillowcase. I usually use a french seem, but I cut the fabric a little thinner than I would have if I was going to do a french seem, so I just used a straight stitch and a zig zag. I think next time, I would line it as well. Then, after sewing the sides up, I folded it over and cut out a scoop the opening.

I turned the opening under and pinned it, then sewed the hem.

Because I can't have a bag with out a pocket for my phone and camera, I sewed a little pocket and added it in the hem while I was sewing that up.

Last, I sewed across the top of the strap (this photo didn't turn out at all), turned the bag right side out, and knotted it at the top. I have seen some where the bottom corners are turned inside and sewn to make a 'boxier' bottom, but I wanted the pointy corners. I have a teenage sister with a birthday coming up and I think this will be the perfect thing. I have some cute fabric in mind...


Chris said...

It turned out very cute! What did you think about IKEA? Ahh, that makes me want to visit one!

Kelly Nieman Anderson said...

I love it! These purses are also very popular here in Mexico. Sometimes they use two fabrics - 1 for the handles and the top few inches of the purse and another fabric for the main body of the purse. You're so creative!

Cristin said...

The moment I saw it hanging over your shoulder at church I thought, "Hmmm, I bet she made that cute little purse!" and I forgot to mention it somehow. Very cute indeed! pillowcase size you say...i might have to dig out some fabric i have hiding.

Tiffany said...

This is very cute. Is there not a lining attached to the inside tho?

Anonymous said...

I love this!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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