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Step 1: Required Materials & Cutting the Fabric
- 1/2 yard of fabric for main material
- 1/2 yard of fabric for lining (lining is optional but recommended)
- sewing machine
- scissors and/or cutting board and rotary cutter
- measuring tape
- Narrow Hem Presser Foot for sewing machine (optional)
- Main Piece
- Cut out one piece that is 11 x 11 inches (on the fold) = if unfolded it would be 11 inches wide by 22 inches
- Cut out one piece of lining material which is the same 11 x 11 on the fold
- I cut my 3 pieces of material for ruffles at 3 inches by 21 1/2 inches long on the fold or 3 x 43 inches long
- The length truly needed will vary based on how the material is gathered in the following steps as machines are different and will gather at different rates
- We will measure and trim off excess material later
- Cut out a piece of material that is 2 1/2 inches high by 21 1/2 inches long on the fold again (or 2 1/2 x 43 unfolded)
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Step 2: Ruffled Purse Strap
Then, fold the strap material in half the long way - or as kids tell me - the "long hot dog" way! Iron it down so there is a nice strong crease going along the long way. Once that is done, you can open it up and then fold one side in so it is flush with the center crease line. If you can manage to do this to both sides at the same time, and iron those sides down meeting in the middle fold line - that would be great. Please see the second image in this step to really understand what I mean.
Once that's done, fold those inward and iron it all flat. You'll then have a nice long strap which just needs to be sewn to be completed. There will be no frayed edges as it's all sewed into the material and hidden away.
Head on over to the sewing machine and top stitch over the strap about a quarter of an inch from the edge. Then, turn it over and do the same along the other edge so you have two stitches running down it. Then, you can set the strap aside until later.
Step 3: Sew Edge Seams of Purse & Lining
Step 4: Ruffles for Girls Purse
Next, if you are using a serger to create the gathers, you can skip this. To prevent fraying on the top of the gathered strips, you'll want to either do a zig zag stitch along the edge or iron it under and sew a seam across the long way on all pieces. That may take more time than doing a zig zag stitch though. It's up to you.
After this is done with all three piece, it's then time to create the gathers.
If you don't know how to do this, please refer to this wonderful instructable on creating gathers by JessyRatfink. Please try to do your gathering stitches as close to the edge as possible. Once you've created your ruffles or gathered material, you'll want to see how long it is. My ruffles I created were rather subtle - but you can create more dramatic ones by pulling them in tighter if you like. Whatever you do, you'll want the piece of material to be at least 22 inches long.
Now turn your main pattern piece of material right-side out. You can use measuring tape to measure all the way around the sewn purse - and it should be about 21 inches around. You'll then want to measure your piece of ruffled material. You'll want to cut it down to about 21 1/2 to 22 inches in length. The extra 1/2 an inch to 1 inch is for the seam allowance. You'll then need to sew it together at the ends (inside out) to form a ruffled loop. Then turn the ruffled loops right-side out.
Step 5: Pin & Sew Ruffles
Sew it on with a regular straight stitch onto the right-side of the fabric. Go slow when and try to keep it fairly straight. If it's not perfectly straight though, no one will know as it will be covered by more ruffles. Do the same thing for the other ruffles. Place them where you like them, pin them and sew them on.
If you want to create some type of bow or embellishment, you need to do this now. I had excess strap material and created a bow. I pulled it by hand so it was really tight. I then hand-sewed it onto the front of the bag. You must do this now before adding the lining.
Step 6: Lining the Ruffled Purse
Now take your main piece of material which is right side out. Then take your lining material and put it inside out so the seams is showing on the outside. Put the main purse material into the lining part. The right side of the main material is now facing the right side of the lining material. Pin it together but leave the space where you will sew on the strap alone. Do not stitch there. Leave about 3-4 inches unsewn on the two sides where you will later sew the straps on.
Once sewn together, use one of those holes to pull the material through so it is right side out and you'll see that in my picture. Then push the lining material into the main piece.
Then, iron it down along the edges where the main piece and the lining meet at the top.
Step 7: Finishing It Up With the Straps
Then, use your sewing machine to topstich over those straps and then all the way around the top of the edge where the lining and main material meet. This is your final step!
You are done!