Finished bag is approx. 15” wide X 12” tall X 3” deep.
This flower can be added to your favorite bag pattern. It is so simple.
I used a total of 5 different black and white prints for this bag. One for the outside, one for the lining and then the lining fabric plus three more for the rosette.
To make the large rosette you will need:
4 different black and white prints (or whatever colors you are using).
Cut one strip from each of two of the fabrics 8” wide by the width of fabric (about 40” without selvages).
Cut one strip from the remaining 2 fabrics.
One 8” wide by 36” long. The other 6” wide by 36” long.
Fold each strip in half, length wise, and press. Zigzag over a length of Perle Cotton near the raw edges of the folded strip. Make sure to knot one end so it doesn’t pull through when you gather your fabrics, or sew over one end to keep it in place.
Do this to all strips. Sew ends of each strip together with French seams. All strips except the middle one. Finish the edges of that strip with a turned edge.
First strip-pull the Perle cotton to gather the strip. Arrange in a circle on one side of the purse. Pin then sew in place, being careful to flatten as you go to keep the gathers in place.
Repeat with the second and third strips working on top of each layer and making your circle a little smaller as you go.
For the last strip you can go around 1-2 times.
Cut a 5” circle of the fabric you want to use in the center of the rosette. I fussy cut mine so it features a flower from the fabric I used on the body of the bag. Sew a gathering stitch around the outside edge of the circle.
Pull to start forming a little pouch. Fill with pillow stuffing, fiberfill or batting. Pull tight and hand stitch closed. Hand stitch this center to the flower to finish it off. In this example I did not make the center filled with batting, but left it flat because it was a little too big.
Front of bag is finished now continue to make the rest of the bag.
You can see that the original bag's flower center ruffle is bigger than this one. I like the bigger one better. This is what happens when you start your first ruffle circle too big.
To make this bag
2 pieces of black and white fabric cut 16” x 13”
1 piece cut 12” x 4”
Lining cut the same as above
Handles: 2- 3” X 30” strips cut of all fabrics
2 pieces cut 15” X 12”
1 piece cut 3” X 11”
4 pieces cut 1.5” X 29”
Cut 1 piece 11” X 3”
Press the fusible batting to each of the two outside fabric pieces and the bottom piece.
Quilt any way you want. I used a cross hatch pattern, about 2” apart, on the diagonal. On the bottom I did not quilt on the diagonal, just straight to line up with the cut sides.
Sew sides together. Press seams open.
To attach bottom to the bag mark center of the bottom piece and center of the bag piece. Matching centers, stitch starting and ending stitching ¼”- ½” from the edge of the bottom piece. Now open the bag bottom and match edges and sew across the opening to catch all corners into the seam.
Bottom of the bag.
Sew lining side seams the same way you sewed the outside of the bag.
Make handles by pressing the fusible batting to 4 different fabrics. Then press all pieces in half, lengthwise, right sides out. Using all five fabrics, braid any way you want to make the long braided strips. Stitch ends in place to help keep braids in place.
To attach the handles, set handle edge about ¼” above raw edge of the top of the bag. I placed mine 3” from the side seams.
Place bag, right side out inside of lining, right side in, so right sides of both bag and lining are facing each other. Sew all around the top, reinforcing the stitching with a back and forth stitch over the handles.
Leave an opening of about 4 inches between one set of handles to turn bag. Now turn the bag, right side out and press the top. Topstitch all around the top of the bag.
Add your label and you are finished.