DIY Ruffle and daisy denim chambray tote bag tutorial

I can’t resist a ruffle and what better way to pimp a tote than with a ruffle…and daisies!

Here are the instructions so you can make your own.

You can use any cotton fabric but remember the heavier weight the fabric, the thicker the ruffles will be and it will make it harder to sew through the layers, but if you have a hardy machine you will be fine!

I used:

Cotton Denim Chambray £4.50 per half metre

Daisy trim £4.85 per metre

Iron-on interfacing – Light £2.95 per half metre

Cut the following:

Main bag cut two 16″ x 16″

Straps cut two 3″ x 30″

Ruffle cut one 6″ x 80″ (you might have to cut this from shorter pieces and stitch together to get the length you need. I cut two 6″ x 40″ ad stitched them together.

Interface the straps and press the long edges in by 1/4″ 

Fold in half and topstitch down either side of the strap a few millimeters away from the edge.

The ends are left raw as they will be encased in the bag hem in the next step.

Fold the top hem of each main bag piece by 1cm then again by 1″ and press.

Tuck the raw ends of the bag straps under this hem, 3″ away from the edge of the bag on either side and topstitch in place along the top of the bag and also a few mm away from the folded edge.

You will now have a front and back piece with nice neat handles stitched into the hem!

Let’s make our ruffle!

Fold the length of ruffle fabric in half and stitch down the short ends, turn them through and press.

 

Do two rows of gathering stitch 0.5cm away from each other along the open side of the ruffle and start to gather.

Pull and gather the ruffles until they fit the main tote. I started my ruffle just under the hem of the tote.

Pin in place and stay stitch 1cm from the edge.

Now we are going to make a chambray sandwich!

Take the other tote bag piece and lay it on top of the side with the ruffle, right sides facing. Pin, and stitch in place 1.5cm away from the edge making trapping your ruffle neatly inside!

Turn your bag through and check you haven’t got any bits if ruffle trapped and remove any visible gathering stitches. Give it a press.

I then stitched on these pretty daisies randomly on one side of the tote for extra cuteness!

I love this bag and can see myself making some more…gingham would be gorgeous!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

Debbie x

A handmade denim chambray plum dress and matching ruffle tote bag

Did you see this month’s Mollie Makes magazine? The free pattern was the Cocowawa Crafts Plum dress which I have had my eye on for a while now, its the perfect combination of oversized but cute and the ruffle detail on the sleeve adds a fun touch!

I’ve been wanting to add a light weight denim dress to my wardrobe for a few years…taken me long enough to get round to it I know! The medium denim chambray is the perfect summer hue and it’s got wonderful drape so it was the perfect choice for this project. You can find it here

I’ve been coveting this gorgeous daisy trim since it came in stock but was unsure what I would use it for…until now! I picked up a metre thinking it would be nice to have some scattered daisies on the dress, but my plans changed once I had made the dress as I like how plain it is  and know I’ll get more wear out of it as a plain denim staple piece.

so…I made the cutest bag and added the daisies to that instead!

Want to know how I made this bag? Check back to the blog tomorrow for the full tutorial!

Debbie x

Sally @theyorkshiresewist and her Nautical dream dress!

A Nautical Dream

Geez, what a crazy couple of months… Had a stint of nearly 2 weeks in the hospital to an un-confirmed IBD which I’m back and forth to Hospital and GP but fingers crossed I’ll get there in the end eh?!

Thankfully in between, I had some energy to concrete on a bit of selfish sewing which of course involves a twirly dress!!

Since it was International Women’s Day on 8th March, Lisa from Sew Over It has kindly given the pdf pattern for free and of course, the Yorkshire lass in me couldn’t say no a freebie!

With this pattern having a full circle skirt and plus couldn’t be bothered with taping copious amounts of A4 paper together I sent my copy shop version to a local company to print.

Now when Sammy asked the Team of what materials we wanted to use… Now that’s where the hard part began as there is so much choice and they are all so pretty!

So after much consideration, I decided to go with The Robert Kaufman Anchor Print Chambray as I am quite a fan of nautical and you can’t go wrong with the quality of this fabric either.

I tried to get the thread to match the best I could and of course, I don’t do the ordinary and went for a lighter colour zip.

Just how cute does your bundle of goodies arrive too, I love little attention to details like this!

So before I cut out my pattern pieces, I checked my measurements and I fell in-between the 14 and 16. So I started at size 14 for shoulders and bust and graded to the 16 for the waist and hips.

Rather than cutting into the good stuff straight away, I made a toile of the bodice out of an old bedsheet and with disbelief it was a perfect fit, no alterations needed!!

With the sun shining, I brought my sewing supplies to the garden and cut out my pattern pieces, nothing better than sunshine and sewing!

Don’t know about you guys but sometimes I just can’t get a straight line for my darts so I still now even mark my dart placements using Tailor’s Chalk.

As always, since I am vertically challenged (aka short!) I had to shorten my zip. So I measured down from the top towards the bottom to my preferred length which is 16”. I then marked the spot with a pin as this is where the new bottom stopper will be.

I then heated up a metal knife on my Gas hob and then carefully placed the knife onto the plastic teeth to melt it.

Then I trimmed off the excess zip and there we go a zip that fits me!

Also whilst I was altering my zip, to help with the install of the invisible zip, later on, I gently ease the teeth with my iron (on low Setting as we don’t want to melt it!) to be more accessible and to get a closer stitch line the first time.

This dress was sewn up in no time at all, as always I finished my seams before I started to sew just to speed up the process and plus saves bringing one machine up at a time. To remember where my notches were, I just placed a pin for reference.

As always I have my Man Mog at hand as my Sewing Assistant!

As I’ve previously made the Silk Cami and the way you sew the straps together is great and is visually pleasing.

So the long part was letting the dress hang to make sure the circle skirt dropped and there was no uneven hem. Also, where did I think it was a good idea to double hem a full circle skirt?! It took absolutely ages! It does look good though!

Then I slipped stitch the shoulder straps, so a bit of hand sewing thrown in too!

Here’s a view of it before putting on.

So here you folks my swishy nautical dress whilst I was at Teesidecreatives, a very nice Sewing weekend break with fellow teamie Carol, her daughter Vicky and Becca.

Sally