The theme given to follow was "Weddings". Here I created two items for a bride on her special day. Two white linen bags, one to hold make-up and a small tote to hold anything a bride had to have on hand for the day. This same combination of bags could also be made for the bridal party in a color to match their attire. This would make a lovely bridesmaid gift from the DIY bride-to-be.
|Close-up of 1" White Star Guimp Trim|
White Star 1" Guimp Trim #02550-001
White Linen Fabric
White Lining Fabric
Iron On Low Loft Fleece Interfacing
White 8" Zipper (or slightly longer)
Cut 2 - 10 1/2" x 11 1/2" pieces of white linen
Cut 2 - 10 1/2" x 11 1/2" pieces of white lining fabric
Cut 2 - 10 1/2" x 11 1/2" pieces of fusible fleece interfacing
Cut 2 - 2 1/2" x 23" pieces of white linen (Handles)
Cut 2 - 11" lengths of White Star trim for bag
Cut 2 - 23" lengths of White Star trim for handles
For Cosmetic Bag
Cut 2 - 7" x 8 1/2" pieces of white linen
Cut 2 - 7" x 8 1/2" pieces of white lining fabric
Cut 2 - 8" lengths of White Star trim for cosmetic bag
Cut 1 - 6" length of white ribbon for zipper tab
Iron fusible interfacing onto the wrong side of lining piece of fabric according ot manufacturer directions. Place right sides of fabrics together for the front and back of bag. Sew along the top (10 1/2") edge, using a 1/2" seam. Turn and press along the top edge. Place a cut length of the decorative trim onto the right sides of bag pieces, placing both in the same spot. Stitch down center of trim using a slightly longer stitch. Place the front and back pieces together, with right sides facing and matching the trim on both pieces, sew around the bag. Trim seams if necessary, cut with pinking shears, then use a zigpzag stitch to finish the seams. To form the bottom of bag - Form a corner at the seam line, measure about 2" up from the to point, draw a line about 4" across; the stitch on the line across, backtacking at both ends. Repeat for other corner. This will make the bottom of the bag flat. NOTE: Either trim the points for leave and use some Fabri Tac™ glue to hold them down.
Iron the two handle pieces in half; iron the raw edges to the inside fold; press strips well. Place the longer length of decorative trim onto the handle strips and stitch down the center. NOTE: Make the trim piece slightly longer so about an inch of the trim can go around the ends of the handle pieces; pin to hold in place, then sew. Hand stitch the handles onto the bag.
For cosmetic bag, sew front fabrics and linings together along 7" edge for the two sides. Turn and press the edge well. NOTE: Use a 8" or longer zipper so it can be trimmed. Place the metal "stop" and pull at least 1/2" from outer edge of fabric pieces. Sew one of the pressed edge pieces to the zipper, using a zipper foot and topstitching about 1/8' along edge. Repeat with other side piece, making sure side edges of both pieces are even. Continue the sewing using a regular sewing foot. Place and sew a length of decorative trim to the bag panels, as done for the larger bag.
Open zipper to about the middle of the bag. Place the two sides together, rights side facing each other: pin to hold. Start sewing at the top of one side, sew around the three sides of the bag. NOTE: Use a 1/2" seam. Sew carefully through the zipper at both ends. Backtack both spots. Trim the excess zipper away.
Like the larger bag, measure 1" from each of the corners at the bottom of the bag, draw a line about 2" long. Sew across the line, backtack to hold ends. Trim the corners neatly. Turn bag right side out; push out corners. Tie a length of ribbon through the zipper pull; trim.