I started out to make this bag thinking it would be cute but not something I would carry around myself. I was really just doing it as a project option for Week 5 of the Learn to Sew series. But now that it’s done I am in love and I think I just might keep it for myself. If you have a daughter I think it would be fantastic as a little dance bag or you could use it yourself for a library bag. Anyway, I’m pretty excited to show you this ruffle tote bag tutorial.
Three layers of ruffles on a cute little tote bag.
And it’s got hot pink in it. And that makes me happy. But you can do any colors that you want!
And guess what? It’s really not too hard to make at all. Bet you’ll wow people with this one when you are out on the town.
OK, so enough talk. Let’s make this thing!
Ruffle Tote Bag Tutorial:
3 coordinating fabrics. You’ll just need about 1/4 yard of each.
Coordinating ribbon-1-2 yards
1 tote bag (you get them at any craft store and they come in other colors too if you prefer)
1. Cut your fabric pieces so that they are 7″ by 44-45.”
2. Hem each fabric by folding under the long side (the raw edge) about 1/2 inch and then again about 1/2 inch and pressing it. Then straight stitch it in place. Do this on both of the long sides of all 3 pieces.
3. Now you are going to ruffle it. To do this, run a baste stitch along one of the hems you made then gently pull on the top thread and slide the fabric along it and gather it into a ruffle. (More about how to do this in Learn to Sew Lesson 5-coming next week). Gather it until it is twice the width of your tote bag or about 1 inch more.
4. Fold your ruffle in half with right sides together and sew the short end so that the fabric forms a loop now.
5. Slide your fabric onto your tote bag. For the bottom layer try to have it line up so that the bottom of the ruffle is at about the same level as the bottom of you bag. Pin it in place and then sew around the top of the ruffle.
6. Then slide your next layer on and do the same thing lining it up so that it overlaps the bottom layer but leaves several inches showing. Finally do the same with the top layer.
7. Then, pin your ribbon right over the top of your top ruffle (so that you hide the top edge of it). Sew that in place with a straight stitch at the top of the ribbon and at the bottom.
And that’s it! You could add a little bow for embellishment if you want. Pretty great isn’t it?