Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Ruffled Bag

I was shopping a few weeks back at a shopping center near my house, and it happened to be Lady's Day, and they were giving these cute canvas bags out full of coupons and samples.  I got one for me, and one for each of my girls.  Mine has been sitting here, and today I decided to pretty it up.  This is the bag before I got busy on it.
And now it is a bag I would use!!
It would make a great way to give a little gift with goodies inside.
These ruffles are popping up everywhere.  They are easy to make, and it is a fun way to jazz up something plain.
I just used small leftover pieces of fabric.  I cut them 3 inches wide, and about 35 inches long for my project.  I turned each edge in 1/2 an inch and sewed, for a finished width of 2 inches.  You could leave them with a raw edge if you want, this is a popular look too.   Either sew a basting stitch down the length of the strip, and then pull bobbin thread to form ruffle.   Or set machine to widest stitch and zig zag down center over elastic cording, then pull ends to make ruffle as full as you like.  Then secure ends with straight stitch to prevent them from slipping.  So easy, and a fun look.  Now let's see, what else can I ruffle???
My Cath Kidston magazine came today.  Can't wait to look at it.  It was a scorching 108 here today.  Then clouds and stormy weather blew in this afternoon.  Now it is a steamy 100.  UGH!!!
Til next time....Happy Hot and Steamy Hump Day to you.

14 comments:

everyday katie said...

brilliant! I'm sure I have freebie bags I could jazz up. I love how it turned out.

Mrs. G said...

Cute idea :) And yes, it was def a hot one today.. And humid too.. ugh! It's like monsoon weather..

Linda said...

This project is really adorable! Thanks for sharing!

Sassy Southern Lady said...

The bag is as cute as a button. Love it! I have been wanting to make a shopping bag that looks like me. I think this is a great idea.

Debbie said...

How cute is that?? I love it...Yes, we have been melting huh? Soo hot...heard it is to be 30 degrees cooler though this week-end ~ YAY....haha I don't do "hot" very well. Have a wonderful day Kris...HUGS

Genn said...

Cute bag. That's a great way to pretty it up. :)

Katie said...

I have a Vera Bradley bag that looks very similar to that with the ruffles & I love it! You did such a cute job on yours!
Hope it cools down soon for you guys! It's been hot for WA for weeks now, today we are finally back in the high 60's ;)

Pam said...

You are so crafty! The bag is darling.

~Niki~ said...

I bought a 'ruffler' foot for my sewing machine~cuz I thought I'd use it. I've never used it. But now I wanna try it~ :)

Pam said...

That is adorable! You did a great job! You don't know me but I am a follower of you and your daughter Genn. She finally got me to comment and not follow anonymously. I love seeing the things you bake and cook. I started crocheting again this summer too! My name is Pam.

Erika Grover said...

ummmm I never got a cute pink canvas bag.

Kris said...

Erika,
Now that I am thinking about it, I just gave you and Gennifer the coupons, and gave the cute little pink bags to Hannah and Claire.

Erika Grover said...

haha I'd take the coupons any day I luv them! I still have some! The Windsor one saved me liek $15 on my lbd dress woo hoo. Bags are fun but I do have lot's...all though those are cute! My neice's are cuter!~

Kelly said...

youre so crafty! looks super cute!