Monday, January 11, 2010
My friends little girl turned 2 this last week and I wanted to come up with a cute little gift for her. I have seen some fun canvas bags out there and so I came up with my own pattern of one.
Fun trim (I used ribbon and ricrac)
Sewing machine and matching thread
Some sort of handles (I made mine out of extra canvas)
Since my friends little girl is only 2 I decided to make the bag small. I cut the canvas fabric about 22 inches by 10 inches. You can pick how big or small you want your bag to be. You only need one rectangle of the canvas fabric. Next you are going to add your trims. I wanted my trim on the front and back of the fabric. I used iron on ribbon and then sewed my ricrac on.
Remember, you want to line up the ribbon and ricrac so when you sew the two sides together they will match up.
I then sewed down the ricrac. Remember you want matching thread!
I wanted to put the little girls initial on the front. I traced on the letter J (backwards)onto iron-on transfer paper. Then cut it out and ironed it on. I used sewable iron-on transfer paper. But, you could use no sew and then not worry about sewing it down. (I like the look of it sewn down.)
Then sew it down.
Next, fold the two sides of the fabric together and sew down both sides. Then turn it right side out.
You will then turn down the top fabric (that is unfinished) and sew it down. Now, you will have a completed bag except for the handles. Either make your own handles or use ribbon. I made mine with strips of canvas. You will next sew them down. I just zigged mine on because it was quicker and i knew it would work with this bag.
It ended up turning out pretty cute! I then filled it with fun hair bows as the rest of her present. She loved it!