14 Jun 2012, 8:31am
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  • MIY: Lollipop Ruffle Bag

    Kari is back again with a gorgeous little canvas bag…can you imagine the endless possibilities??
    Here we go folks, this was SO fun to do! If you are anything like me, you are infatuated with fabrics. Fabric, fabric fabric, just can’t get enough! BUT, if you are like me, you often have scads of scrumptious fabric lying about with no specific purpose, or not enough for anything big, yet it’s beauty screams for something, something noble, something useful besides a potholder or glasses case. (not that those items are not needed sometimes!)
    Okay so for this specific project you will need:
    o1. Fabric of several designs-I believe I have at least 5 various prints here. Their combination should be appealing to your eyes. This specific stack of fabric has been frantically waving itself at me for weeks.Of course, it may not even appeal to you, but it does me!
    o2. A serger is a major benefit here. If you don’t have one, you CAN still accomplish this; however, it will definitely take much longer than it did me. (By the way this took me about 3 hours to make) Anyway, you need a serger that does a rolled hem, and also ruffles. (Check your users manual, these tricks are often easily done with just a few tweaks to your machine-AMAZING)
    o3. A plain canvas tote bag (size of your choice)
    o4. 1 yard grosgrain ribbon (mine was 3/4 inches wide, just what I happened to have on hand and it worked well)
    o5. A rotary cutter and mat is also ideal but if you don’t have one then you can improvise.
    o6. A pencil and ruler or rotary cutting template. (I am not sure what to call that clear piece of plastic used with the rotary cutter)
    Alright so first, you will need to cut your fabric into 3 inch wide strips. The lengths can vary. I had varying lengths of fabric so I simply cut them as long as possible with the widths remaining 3 inches consistently.
    I ended up with about 20 pieces. (I didn’t end up using them all)
    Then starch and press all of the strips.
    After cutting, you need to sew a rolled hem on each end and one long side of each strip. With a serger this took me about an hour as rolled hems go slowly even with my pedal to the metal fashion. But they are divine! If you need to improvise here then do a regular machine hem. This will take you longer but the outcome will be fine.
    After this, you can switch your machine to ruffling and ruffle all of the pieces. You will end up with a beautiful pile of lovely ruffles. I absolutely hate gathering by hand, and will do most anything to keep from doing so! But if you have to you CAN do it by hand and it will look wonderful I promise. ;)
    Now you are ready for the next step. This is very important! Use your ruler or rotary cutting template to draw lines with your pencil 2 inches apart starting 3 inches from the bottom. These will be guides only! You may not adhere to them but trust me you will be SO GLAD you have them!
    Now you can begin sewing your ruffles starting at the bottom and work your way up. Key point: the reason I finished each end of my strips is so I do not have to sew any of them end to end and try to size the gathers to fit the bag. This way, you can simply overlap the strips when changing to a new one. Generally, it took 2 strips to wrap the bag around once. When you get around the bag and are ready to begin a new row, you may either overlap the strip on top of the one there, OR if you feel it is too long to do so and will hide the prettiness of the other strip, simply turn the strip vertically, (see photo) and sew it up to the next row and continue to sew that strip on the new row. I did this several times on this project and it adds to the flounciness and charm.
    Once all the ruffles are sewn on, use the grosgrain ribbon to cover the top last edge of fabric.
    I sewed the top edge first, then carefully pressed the other edge down over the ruffle and sewed one more seam. Then I sewed a piece of ribbon about 12 inches long on to the top and tied a whimsial little bow. You can embellish it anyway you like, or just leave plain. Either way it’s adorable! I originally made this to be a towel bag for my daughter for summer camp; however, I like it so well, I may be snagging it for my own library use! ;)
    25 Jun 2012, 1:45am
    by Heidi Lucille


    Heck Yeah!! That is so awesome, and it looks totally amazing!
    Just mail it on over… ;o)


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