Thursday, April 23, 2015

Decorative Trimmings Ideas With Designers Craft Connection

Another fun design challenge this time using trims from Decorative Trimmings.  This particular project was made using just one of the requested trims for this months challenge.  I am excited about the others I requested and received and will be using them in upcoming projects.

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 Thread
White 8" Zipper (or slightly longer)
Sewing Machine

For Bag
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.


  1. Elegance all in white. What else can be said.

    1. Thanks so much Lorine! They would work in any color for a bridesmaid as well. Thanks for the opportunity to work with Decorative Trimmings.

  2. Love this bag, so pretty. Great tutorial.

    1. Thank you Sue and it's really pretty simple, maybe because I have been on a roll making all types of bags lately. I try really hard to give good instructions!

  3. Replies
    1. Thank you Michelle! Helpful accessories for really any occasion, with lots of color and embellishing possibilities.

  4. Gorgeous & functional - love these bags !

    1. So very nice to hear that Rita, Thank-you!

  5. Madeline,

    Thank you for your contributing to the Decorative Trimmings Design Circle. Your white linen tote with star gimp trimming is pure elegance !

    1. It was a pleasure Larry, I love every bit of the trims that I received and truly can't wait to incorporate them in other creations. I have always loved gimp and it was easy to work with and gave the bags just enough elegance.