The tricks in this tutorial are things that you could do to any tote bag or purse to give it a little touch of you. I got the tote bag here in the dollar section at Target. That section of the store just sucks the money right out of my purse. I promise I hear the sound of an industrialized vacuum being switched on as soon as I walk in the door and then there I zoom right to the dollar bins! Well here we go!
So here's my bag and the first thing I wanted to do with it was put my niece's initial on the front. I have these large lowercase letters that I bought at a scrapbook store and they have come in handy for these types of projects where I need a pattern to trace. I used the sewable HeatnBond .
I followed the directions on the HeatnBond package and attached it to the back of my fabric.
I put my pattern down backwards on the paper and then...
traced around it with a pen. You want to do it backward so that it correct when you flip it over.
Then I cut out the letter and as you can see when flipped over it is facing the correct way.
Then I followed the directions again
for affixing the letter to the bag.
Here it is and it's stuck on their pretty well but I decided to stitch around it anyway.
I was going to do it by hand but then I decided to try a zigzag stitch using my sewing machine. I am sure it was still faster but I am slow doing this stitch as there were many turns. I think the hardest part was the round part of the "r".
Next, I wanted to make a fabric flower.
I used the ribbon holder to trace circles onto the fabric.
4 circles are needed for this type of flower.
Then I folded each circle in half and then in half again.
Right side of fabric facing out.
Put a little stitch in the bottom to keep the fabric folded together.
That's how they should look.
I decided to place the flower on one side at the top of the bag near the handle.
I lined up each fabric petal with a hole in the button and stitched it through the fabric and the button hole.
So once the petals were attached to the button then I sewed the button on to the bag.
Then I sewed on two more layers of buttons.
Large, medium and then smallest on top.
I think the flower turned out cute.
I hope my niece will like it! Caleb did!
Here are some other little purses that
I have been making for some other little girls I know. I love this owl print!