Ruffle Tote Bag

Posted by on Apr 22, 2012 in fabric flower, ruffle bag | 22 comments

I had intended to get a backyard project completed for my children this weekend, but it was TOO cold!!!  We endured 2 soccer games on Saturday in the cold, misty, windy weather!  No one wanted to be outside after that!

So, on to plan B.  (I am so glad that I had a plan B!)

My daughter, Anna Belle had a birthday party to go to on Friday.  I decided to make part of the gift.  This is such a sweet little friend, a gift card just didn’t seem right!

I have seen these all over the blog-world, but I did not know where I could find a tutorial, so I just made my own.

Here is the final project:

Here is how I got there. . .

I started with a pink tote bag from Hobby Lobby and 1/4 yard of 3 fabrics.  (I am sure that I could have made the basic tote, but for $2.99  I thought it was a good way to start!)

Using my rotary cutter, I cut each of the strips of fabric.  I cut 2 for each ruffle – one for the back and one for the front.  I cut the fabric the width of the bolt.  The bottom strip was 6 1/2″ wide, the middle was 5 1/2″ and the top strip was 4 1/2″.

 I hemmed the edge of each ruffle.

I ran a straight stitch along the bottom edge of each ruffle and frayed the edge.  (I forgot to take this picture before I sewed in onto the bag.  So, this is a picture of the frayed edge already on the bag.)

I measured up 6 1/2″ from the bottom of the bag and marked a line with a pencil.

I ran a long stitch and pulled the threads until the ruffle was the width of the bag.  I pinned it on and sewed it down.  I only sewed one side at a time.

Then, I folded the ruffle back down and ironed it down well.

 I measured up 3″ from the top of the bottom ruffle.  I marked it with a pencil and pinned it down.  I sewed it on and then ironed it.

I pinned the top ruffle to the sewn edge of the bag.  I sewed it down and ironed it.

To hold all of the ruffles down, I ran a zig-zag stitch down each side.

I wanted to jazz it up a little more, so I added a flower.  I cut a strip of fabric about 20″ long and 8″ wide.  I folded the fabric in half and ran a long ruffle stitch down the raw edge.

I pulled the thread and gathered the strip into a circle.

I bought a lime green leather skirt at the thrift store a few months back.  I am sure that it was quite the fashion statement in the 90’s, but now it is great for flowers and leaves!  I cut a basic flower shape and glued in on top of the pink base.

I crocheted a hot pick flower for the next layer.  I used a great video tutorial from Little Birdie Secrets.  Then I glued a big yellow button on top.  I pinned the flower onto the bag, and here is the result:

We added a few goodies and the present was complete!  I hope that she liked it!

Maybe tomorrow the weather will cooperate so I can finish the backyard project!

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  1. Awww what a beautiful bag! I love what you did with it, so pretty and whimsical! Love it!

  2. I LOVE your ruffle bag!!! I would love for you to share it at my party going on now at Jillify It!

    Have a wonderful day!

    • I would be glad to share! Thanks for the sweet comment!

      • Do you ruffle boyhood sides or just the one. Very cut

        • I just ruffled the one side that I sewed onto the bag. Good luck with your project!

  3. This is a darling tote. You did a great job, love the colors and thanks for the tute!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

    • Thanks for stopping by! And, for the sweet comment!

  4. Very Cute! I just love ruffle bags but for some reason I am always afraid to make them! 🙁 You have given me some new found inspiration though! You got yourself a new follower 🙂

    • Thanks! Glad to provide some inspiration! And, I LOVE a new follower!

  5. This is really cute! You are so talented! Thanks for sharing over at The Winthrop Chronicles.

    • Glad to share! Thanks for hosting the party!

  6. This turned out so cute, you did a great job!


    • Thanks for stopping by! I am sure that I will be making more for more birthday parties!

  7. This came out great!!! I love the fabric, ruffles and flowers.

    Stopping by from Craft Junkie Too linky party. Here is what I shared this week:

  8. Love this project!!!!!
    I currently have a Crafty linky party going on, i would love you to link this project up !!!
    Claire xox

    • Would be happy to share! Thanks for stopping by!

  9. So Super Cute!!! I may just have to try this…pinning for later!

    • Thanks for pinning!! Good luck with your sewing!

  10. This is sooooo adorable and what a great idea! Thanks for linking up and sharing at Craft Junkie Too — I have this on our Friday Features so please stop by and check it out.

    • Yipeee!!!! Thanks so much! I will be sure to check it out! It means SO much!

  11. Very nice tutorial and a very pretty bag. I may have to make one!

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