Hello Readers! First off, can you see me hyperventilating over here? Anyone have a paper sack I can borrow? This is my first guest post, and it’s at Jen’s place. Jen’s place! I talk about her so much that I now refer to her blog as T & J. Isn’t that some kind of lock jaw disorder? Oh wait, that’s TMJ. See how distracted I get? Okay, pullin’ it together. Let me take a quick sec to tell you a little bit about myself. My name is Erin, and I blog over at Frundy.
You’ll often find me rambling about my two adorable little boys, dreamy coastal inspired homes, my faith, and ongoing crafts and sewing projects.
Today I’ll be showing you how to make this fluffy ruffly tote.
Let’s get on to the tutorial, shall we?
You will need:
and some cotton fabric of your choice, cut into strips. I made my strips extra long, just so I could ruffle as I pleased. I would hate to run out of fabric mid-ruffle. That would definitely throw me into an emotional chocolate devouring fit, and trust me, my kids don’t need to see me like that.
Hem the bottom of all strips. The top strip should be hemmed on the top and bottom. The top of the remaining ruffles are hidden under the ruffle above it, so I just left those raw, but you could definitely finish those off as well. In the future, I will probably finish the tops, because it does create loose threads to cut.
I chose to baste the top ruffle for a more uniform look. Once you pin and sew it onto the bag, remember to pull out those basted stitches.
The remaining ruffles were manually created. I tried to get a picture of this, but it didn’t really do it justice. Basically, you will just pleat your fabric as you sew. It’s sew simple. I know, bad joke. Can we still be friends?
Anyhoo, when you get around to where you started your ruffle, overlap your fabric, and sew up that side seam. I did fold and iron the piece that I knew would be overlapped before I started the ruffle. Does that make any sense? I didn’t think so.
Continue to layer up those ruffles. And, be prepared to swoon as you finish each ruffle.
As for the rosette, I took approximately a 3 foot strip of fabric, folded it in half, and rolled it up until I had the desired effect. I occasionally ran my needle and thread through it to secure it.
There you have it, ladies! If you make one of these bad boys, please stop on by and show me your take on it. And, if you don’t have the time to ruffle yourself crazy, I have one of these in my shop.
Later Taters! There, I’ve done it again. Honestly, I’m not always this cheesy. I think the pressure of being at Jen’s is causing me to act up. Ya know, it’s that insecurity thing.
For reals, please stop by Frundy and say hi or just tell me how corny I am. Whatevs, I’ll love ya forever!
Thanks you Erin for such a great tutorial. Here’s a button! I LOVE that tote. So cute! You really should stop by Frundy and see all of the cute things going on in Erin’s world.
Have a Terrific Thursday!
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