Back on Tuesday, Brenda had a great post on repurposing some sweaters and scrub tops. At the end, she indicated some extra projects that she did. Here it is!
One of the things that I hate most is when you have extra super cute material left. I love to use all of the cure material up. Otherwise I store whatever is left, so I can use it later.
I try to use everything the first time. There is not usually much material left when one repurposes a top to fit a child. Just some odds and ends are usually left. However when I took a 2X purple scrub top and turned it into a top for my 4 year old Amelia I had a bunch of great Purple Disney Halloween fabric left. So I just had to make something else. So I made Amelia a matching draw-string purse with ribbon and beads.
I took the longest and widest piece of fabric left, (which was the bottom back of the shirt that cut off at first) and I folded it in half and sewed the ends together. I then took some purple double fold bias tape, that I had sitting around and applied this to the top of the fabric. Single fold
bias tape would also have worked. But this is all I had it the Purple color. I love to use what I already have at home so I do not have to purchase
Next I sewed a gathering stitch on the bottom of the fabric, so I would be able to adjust the fabric to fit on to the circle shaped bottom.
I wanted this new bag to be sturdy; my children are hard on things. So I all of the left over large pieces of fabric and stacked them together.
They were from the bottom from of the original scrub top and from the sides. I had 7 layers of the shirt stacked together. I then sewed through
all of the lawyers around the outside edges. I then sewed a zigzag patters back and forth through all the layers to strengthen the bottom of the bag.
Once I had the bottom of my bag constructed I then folded it into quarters and then trimmed the edge. When the bottom was unfolded I had a circle Pattern that was even.
The next step is to connect the bottom to the sides of the bag. This is when the gathering stitch comes in handy. I make sure I gather the sides evenly to fit the bottom of the bag. I then pin the bottom in place every inch.
***Make sure you pin the right sides of the bag and right side of the bottom together.
The bag will be inside out. The pins should be on the outside of the bag, see the example next.
Sew carefully around the bottom of the bag, connecting the sides to the bottom. Go around the bag several times to reinforce the bag. I
then threaded a purple ribbon through the purple bias tape on top. I left enough length so Amelia could have a shoulder strap. I used the purple
ribbon, instead of string to dress up the bag. The ribbon works just as well as a heavy string would have. On the ends of the ribbon I placed some
plastic beads to make the bag fancier.
Tie the last bead on as shown so the other beads do not fall off. The beads also help to make sure Amelia does not pull the ribbon out of the purse.
The finished draw string purse looks great and Amelia loved it!!! She filled it right up with toys.
I also make this cute heart dress that Amelia is wearing, but that was from scratch.
Well that is what I have been up to this week. Thank you for reading. Let me know if you have any questions, comments or suggestions. I
love to hear from you and know what you want me to write about next.
Have a great week!!
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Thank you again for reading
Brenda and Justin