Sunday, July 15, 2012

{Sewlebrity Crush} Slouchy Bag from Flamingo Toes

    I am sew excited to introduce my Sewlebrity Crush... 
Bev from Flamingo Toes! 
 
In my eyes, she is a "Sewlebrity," and here's why I've got a "Crush" on her!
Quality. That's the word that comes to mind when I think of Bev's blog. From her sewing technique, to her creativity, to her photography-- everything you'll find on her blog is pure quality. Bev is well-known for her amazing jewelry knock-offs, and her gorgeous bags and clutches. Her blog is so organized and fun, I seriously love visiting for new ideas, and to see what fun ideas she's got up her sleeve! Her tutorial for today is simply wonderful. I'm so honored to have her as part of my series!
 
 Today, she is showing us how to make this incredibly creative Slouchy Hobo Bag!   
 
 
  But first, here are a few reasons why I have "fallen in love" with her blog.
Ruffle Clutch


Weights and Measures Bracelet


Ashley Bag


Bev, thanks for being my Sewlebrity Crush. You rock!
{To see the amazing line up of my other crushes, go here}.
Now here she is, with her fabulous tutorial!
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Hello Family Ever After Readers!
My name is Bev and I blog at Flamingo Toes! I am so excited to be here as part of Rachel's Series - though I hardly consider myself a "sewlebrity"! I was so fortunate to get to meet Rachel a few months ago at Snap - I wish we could have had more time to chat!
Over at Flamingo Toes, I love sewing all kinds of projects - kitchen things, home decor, accessories - whatever!
I thought it would be fun to do a Slouchy Summer Bag - and this one is super quick!! I did it in under 4 hours - so you could make up your bag in the morning and carry it to your beach party or picnic that evening!
It's a cute lace Hobo bag with a fun bright orange lining and tabs for the strap. I used a bright pink zipper for contrast - I think it's so fun!
Ready to get started on your own? Here's what you'll need:
  • 2/3 yd lace
  • 2/3 yd fabric for lining
  • 22" zipper
  • 2 D Rings
  • 18" of webbing for strap
Start by drawing out your pattern. This doesn't have to be exactly like mine, but you want to create a pattern for half of the bag. It should be about 13" wide and curve in on the sides and the top. Make the top about 3" and leave about 7" at the bottom as a straight line. This will be the fold at the bottom of your bag. Get a helper to keep the pattern flat.
Fold your outside lace fabric in half with the selvedges together. Then fold the fabric in half again, vertically. Place the pattern piece so the straight side is on the vertical fold and the bottom is lined up with the horizontal folds. Cut one out of your lace and one out of your lining. You should now have one outside piece and one inside piece.
Center the zipper along the top curved edge, between the right side of the lace and the right side of the lining. The zipper should be completely inside, between the two pieces. Sew the curved edges together, 1/4 from the edge, sewing the zipper in place as you go.
Here's what the right sides will look like after you sew that seam.
Repeat this step for the other side of the zipper, and the other curved edges of the lace and lining.
Open up your zipper before this next step, it'll be easier. With your lining pieces out of the way, sew your lace pieces together along the two sides, right sides together.
Repeat for the lining.
Turn your bag right side out, through the little sections at the top of the bag between the sides and the inner curves. Press the lining inside.
Top stitch along your zipper. Fold the seams on the top corners to meet in the center. Sew across the top of each side. Your zipper should be centered as well now.
Cut out your two side strap connectors. These will look like a bow shape and you'll need 4 of them. You want the center part to be the width of your D ring (probably about 1"), and the outer width to be about 3 1/2". The whole piece should be about 7" long.
Sew two pieces together, leaving an opening for turning. Turn right side out and press. Repeat for the other two pieces.
Feed half of the strap connector through a D ring and fold the piece in half. Sew just below the D Ring across the thin section of the connector.
Place the top sides of your bag between the two connector halves. Make sure the bottom of the connector is just above the end of the zipper. Sew the connectors to the top of the bag on each side just inside the edge of the fold, all the way around.
Fold your strap webbing around the D rings on each side. Turn the edge under on the back side of the strap on each end. Sew the strap together right at the fold, then again 1/2" away to give it a little extra strength.
And that's it!! How quick and fun was that?!
It's a lightweight bag, so if you want to carry around books or something crazy, you might want to go with a heavier weight fabric, like a twill.
I hope you like it!
I'd love for you to come check out my other sewing tutorials - or jewelry or home decor - I have a little bit of everything! My Tutorials page is a great place to start!
Thanks so much for including me in the series Rachel!

Sewlebrity Crush is sponsored by the wonderful Fat Quarter Shop.
Stay tuned for a big giveaway on August 1!
 

5 comments:

  1. I love it!! So cute and fun! : )

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  2. Oh my gosh Rachel! You are too sweet! Thank you sooo much for including me in this series! It has been so fun! :)

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  3. LOVE the bag -- and all of the tutorials that Bev offers -- and Rachel, you're right - QUALITY! Bev sure does an AMAZING job at everything she does.

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  4. Too cute! I am in love with the lace and love the orange! Adorable, Bev!

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  5. wanna wanna make one right away thanks 4 the tute

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