Thursday, May 24, 2012

Creating a Cute Purse from a Hem Tutorial

After cutting 3 inches off a cute little dress for a cute little 3 year old....I decided to fashion her a coordinating bag out of the excess fabric.  This is how I did it...

I cut the excess fabric into four 15 inch x 3 inch strips

I sewed the strips together to make a square that was approximately 12 x 15.  

I then cut it into a 12 inch circle and sewed two 1/2 inch button holes one on opposites of the circle an inch from the edge.  As well, I cut a 12-inch circle out of a coordinating piece of fabric and sewed them with right sides together...

I left a 1.5 cm opening thru which to turn the bag.  

After turning the bag, I sewed 1/4 inch from the edge of the bag.

And then sewed around it again, 1/2 inch from the first seam.  I slip stitched the turning hole closed.

Then, I ran 2 separate cording systems...starting and ending in the same button hole.  I cut the cords and there you have it...a coordinating bag for the dress you just hemmed.  :)


  1. Pretty upcycled little purse. Love the strip pattern.

  2. how fashion!! :D
    saw you on take-a-look tuesday!

  3. I love it! Thanks for sharing!

  4. What a cute and thrifty idea!

  5. Hi Joni,
    Hi Liz

    Thank you so much for linking up in our Saturday Showcase this past week! We were thrilled to have you and hope that you stop back in on Saturday and link up more crafty ideas!

    Have a super weekend!
    Susie at Bowdabra