or you could hop on over to my shop and grab one for yourself!
March 21, 2010
if you saw me at blissdom, you saw this bag.
i carried it everywhere with me to hold all my loot.
i bought the bag plain from target for about 12 bucks.
love a good deal!
buuut, it needed a bit more.
a little more color.
a little more oomph.
are you with me?
so i grabbed a stack of fabric and played around with it until i found the perfect combo of colors and patterns.
i cut 2 strips of fabric in varying widths, and at least twice the height of my bag,
and finished their edges with a zigzag stitch. my strips were about 2 inches and 4 inches wide.
then i set my machine on its loosest tension and largest stitch length (aka a basting stitch) and ran a stitch down the center of the 2 strips of fabric, the narrower strip on top of the wider strip.
next i pulled the basting stitch until my fabric was ruffled to just a little longer than the height of my bag.
then i ran the ruffled fabric back through the machine, tension set to normal and stitch length normal,
creating 2 stitches near each edge of the top ruffle.
then it was time to add it to the bag,
but i knew i didn’t want the hassle of sewing it on.
so i got out my best friend, the glue gun.
i turned under the bottom edge of the ruffle,
glued it down and just kept gluing and pressing the ruffle until i got near the top.
after i glued a couple inches at a time i rubbed the fabric hard to make sure that it stuck really well to the purse fabric.
edited to add: after over a year of use now, it hasn’t loosened up a bit.
the top edge is angled a bit since it was near the handle,
so i just tucked the top edge of the ruffle under at an angle and glued it down.
then i whipped up a few monster sized posies and glued them on.
i totally could’ve made them removable by adding pins backs to them,
but i was lazy and already had the glue out.
i am *thrilled* with how this quick little revamp went.
you could totally do it, too.
just make yourself a ruffle, slap it on an old bag with glue,