I am linking this post up to Family Ever After's "Pinspired...Rewired" Link Party. I had seen ruffled tote bags all over on Pinterest. Here is the bag that was my inspiration. There wasn't a pattern or tutorial so I came up with this one on my own.
What you need:
1 tote bag
6 strips of fabric 3.5"xWOF. 4 strips are for the ruffles, 1 strip for the trim, and 1 strip is for the flower. You can use ribbon instead of making the top trim.
1 button (I made a covered button)
Here is my lovely denim blag. It measures about 12" x 12" not including the handles.
Here are my fabrics
Do a narrow rolled hem along the 2 short sides of the 4 strips and the bottom of the strip.
So the top of the strip is a raw edge.
Then go over your seam with a zig zag stitch to keep it all from fraying.
Repeat this process with each ruffle matching the raw edge of the ruffle with your marked line. Stitch along your gathering stitches and then zig zag to finish. You don't have to zig zag the last ruffle because we will cover it.
Pull up the threads to ruffle - you want it as ruffled as possible - careful not to break the thread. Since the fabric is double thickness, it needs a little extra care.
Then tuck the end of the fabric under so you can't see it and start to twirl it around. You can play around to get the look you want. Here is where I got the hot glue gun out. I added glue each time I turned. You can sew it too. I was just in a hurry:) Once the flower is done I hot glued a fabric covered button in the center. You can use any button that you like. Then I hot glued it to the bag.
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you get the chance to make one!