Let’s make the most perfect Summer handbag!
It includes all the fun things: ruffles, a pop of color, and the ever so popular, wicker material. It would be hard NOT to make one. So without further ado, let’s go!
Orange Canvas Fabric or medium to thick fabric
Small Basic (Mine was thrifted)
Cut out the pieces necessary to create your bag.
Bag: Cut two rectangles whose length is half the circumference of the basket + 1 inch for steam allowance.x height is 9 inches
Straps: You will need to cut two straps 3.5 inches wide and approx. 22 inches in length. It depends on the circumference of your basket and also how long you want your straps
Ruffles: You will need to cut three whose length is the circumference of the basket
Starting with the ruffle, narrow hem the bottom (the long side) of all three ruffles
On the opposite edge, Fold over 1/4” twice and press. Baste in place.
Using the yard gathering method, gather the top edge of each ruffle.
With the first ruffle, place it around the basket, place it around the top edge of the basket, and pull the gathers, making sure the ruffle fits all the way around. Remove it from the basket and with right sides together, stitch the short ends together. Also, stitch the top edge of the ruffle so that it stays in place. Once it fits, hot glue in place.
With the second ruffle, place it just below the first ruffle making sure that the first ruffle just covers the top of the second ruffle. Wrap the ruffle around the basket, and pull the gathers, making sure the ruffle fits all the way around. Just as I stated in step 5, remove it from the basket and with right sides together, stitch the short ends together. Also, stitch the top edge of the ruffle so that it stays in place. Once it fits, hot glue in place.
Starting with one of your bag pieces (see step 1), fold down all sides 1/4 in. and press. Stitch the sides in place. Fold the top side down again at 1.25 inches. Press and stitch in place. Repeat with the other bag piece.
Taking both bag pieces, right sides together,stitch the side and bottom edges of bag, making sure not so stitch as the casing. Be sure to leave the casing open. Hem the bottom edge of the bag.( The bag should look like a sleeve at this point. The bottom of this bag should be open.)
With the third ruffle, place it onto the bag, about 1.5 inches from the bottom of the bag. Test it out by making sure that this ruffle just covers the top of the first ruffle. Wrap the ruffle around the bag aka sleeve, and pull the gathers, making sure the ruffle fits all the way around remove it from the basket and with right sides together, stitch the short ends together. Also, pin the ruffle into place and stitch the top edge of the ruffle onto the bag. Once it fits, hot glue in place.
(optional) Finish the top edge of your bag with a a decorative trim. Hot glue or fabric glue in place
Glue the bottom of the bag aka sleeve to the inside, top edge of the basket.
With the straps, fold in half and stitch the straps closed leaving an opening in the middle of the strap. Once it’s sewn, pull the ends of the straps right sides out through the middle hole and stitch the opening closed.
Attach a safety pin through one end of a strap. Thread the strap through one end of one casing and through the other end of the opposite casing. Both end of one strap should be on one side of the bag.
Repeat the step above but making sure that the ends of your second strap end up on the opposite end.
Tie your ends into a bow and you are finished.