Since I’ve been on such a bag kick lately, my friend Hilary asked me to make a bag for her daughter Eleanor as a Christmas present. I’ve got plenty of scraps from past projects – it’s just a matter of finding the right pattern and picking out the color scheme. I happened up on the Buttercup Bag pattern Made by Rae For and for some reason I seem to have a ton of pink scraps….
The printable patten is easily pieced together and I quickly cut out all of the pieces. I made a few quick modifications: First, I shortened the strap on the bag. The pattern calls for a 20″ strap but since I’m making this bag for four year old, I decided to cut it down to 16″. I also decided to interface the pieces to give the bag a bit more body. Amy Butler’s obsession with interfacing everything has clearly rubbed off on to me.
Hilary requested I add an extra special detail to the bag – an appliqued E! Just in case the bright pink doesn’t put Norman (Eleanor’s little brother) off the notion of stealing it. So I pleated the bag and attached the top before placing the initial in the right hand corner of the bag. I used a capital E in the Bank Gothic font about 200pt size.
I attached ultra hold heat and bond to the back of the red fabric before I cut it out and once I decided on the placement, I pressed it down with the iron. I then went back over and stitched the letter down with red thread. I think it provides a very sophisticated detail for the little lady purse.
Once the E was in place, I assembled the two exterior pieces together and moved on to the lining. I put the snap in place, about 1 ” down from top of the lining and installed the pocket as indicated in the directions.
I sewed the lining pieces together and clipped the curves a bit before turning the lining right side out. I decided to turn the bag through an opening in the top rather than the lining because I’m too lazy for hand stitching.
At this point, I decided to attach the strap to the lining rather than finishing it on the bag exterior. I folded the long sides in, pressed and folded the strap in half then edge stitched both long sides. I attached the strap to the ends of the lining and pushed the whole assembly into the exterior shell.
I stitched around the top, leaving an opening for turning. I turned the bag pushing out all the curves and tucking the fabric at the opening in. I then edge stitched around to finish the top and close up the opening. Magic – it’s done! I can’t wait to send it off to Hilary.