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Thanks to our friends at Dritz for coming up with this GORGEOUS Vintage Made Modern bag. It's a fantastic finale to our two week blog tour!
We’re celebrating National Sewing Month in a big way – with Amy Barickman and her fabulous new fabric line Vintage Made Modern Centennial Celebration. For starters, we’re today’s stop on her blog tour. We’re really happy with the purse we made using her fabrics – the only problem we had is choosing which prints to use! Check out our full sewing tutorial to see how it’s done, and to find out more details about the fabrics and giveaways.
Fabrics, Supplies & Tools:
- Vintage Made Modern fabrics by Amy Barickman / Indygo Junction / RJR
- 1/2 yd for front – Plaid Fuchsia
- 1/2 yd for lining – Tailor Made Fuchsia
- 1/3 yd for bias strips – Textbook Definition Fuchsia
- Dritz® Sewing Supplies:
- 1” D-ring
- Jean rivets or size 2 sew-on snaps
- Magnetic snap
- 1/4 yd black 1” elastic belting
- 1-1/2yds black 1” cotton belting
- Dritz® Sewing Tools:
- Mark-B-Gone™ marking pen
- Tape measure
- 1/2” Bias tape maker
- Rotary cutter and mat
- 1 yd lightweight fusible interfacing
- Iron and pressing surface
- Sewing machine and matching thread
- Basic sewing supplies
Note: seam Allowances = 1/2"
Before you get started on your purse, can we tell you how much fun we had looking through the new Vintage Made Modern collection and choosing our prints? We opted for the fuchsia colorway, but we can tell you the teal was a close runner up! Have fun and be creative when choosing the fabrics for the exterior, lining and bias strips! You can be creative with your hardware choices, too. The Dritz® D-ring is functional - use it to attach a swivel hook, fob or other accessories. You'll use Dritz® belting for the handles, and the sew-on snaps and rivets give your purse a professional finish.
A rotary cutter, ruler, and mat are the best tools to use to quickly and accurately cut fabric pieces. Use the 36” long OmniEdge ruler to straighten edge of fabric before cutting pieces. Starting right will help you make all your cuts accurately.
Cut fabric as follows:
- Plaid – Two 15” x 15” pieces for purse front
- Tailor Made Print – Two 15” x 15” pieces for lining
- Textbook Definition Print – 12” x 26” piece for bias strips
Interfacing – Two 15” x 15” pieces
Cut eight 1” bias strips from Textbook Definition print. Line up 45° line on ruler with lower edge and corner of fabric. Make the first 45° cut across the width of the fabric. Use 1” line to cut individual strips.
Insert a bias strip into bias tape maker. Pin end to pressing surface. Press flipped edges with iron while pulling tape marker to form 1/2” bias strips. Cut one end of strip straight across and turn under 1/4”. Repeat on all strips. Set aside. (Want to learn more about making bias strips? Check out these tutorials on our website: how to use a bias tape maker, how to cut and sew bias strips, and bias strips yardage chart.)
Fuse interfacing to back of purse front pieces following package instructions. Mark in 1” from each side at top of purse. Cut with rotary cutter and ruler from bottom corner to mark on each side. Cut lining pieces just like purse pieces.
Cut two 4” pieces of elastic belting. Mark elastic placement on each front piece, 4-1/2” down from top edge and 3-1/2” in from side. Using the 6” x 6” Omnigrid ruler makes it easy to locate and position both measurements at the same time.
On one front of purse, position top corner of elastic at each mark, keeping elastic parallel to top edge. Pin and stitch 3/4” from end of elastic.
Place folded end of one bias strip 2” down from top and 3-1/2” in from side, overlapping elastic piece. Slip end of elastic inside of fabric fold. Run strip straight down front to bottom edge of purse. Pin and stitch along both edges of bias strip.
Place second bias strip beside first stitched strip (on edge side) and pin at top. Keep strips side by side until just below the elastic. Mark 1-1/2” from first strip at bottom edge of purse. Pivot second strip so inside edge is at the mark. Pin and stitch along both edges of strip. Apply strips over other elastic piece following same method. Trim excess bias strips even with bottom of purse front.
Lay second piece of purse next to finished side and pin elastic in position at mark. Stitch 3/4” from end of elastic.
Position and stitch bias strips using same method as above.
On last side, secure elastic at mark and position bias strips the same as before. Be careful not to catch loose fabric in stitching. It will be a little tricky because you are now working with a loose “tube.” Turn fronts so they are right sides together. (Elastic with be inside and out of the way.) Pin and stitch sides and bottom edge of purse. Stop and pivot 1/2" from sides at corners. Press seams open as best you can.
Align side and bottom seams, forming a point at each corner. Position ruler 1” down from corners and draw a line across the corner that is perpendicular to seams. Stitch on line. Trim away excess fabric at corners. Tip: Line up straight lines of ruler on seam for a true perpendicular line.
Cut cotton belting into two 27” handles. Turn all cut edges under 1” and stitch to secure. Insert a D-ring in one of the finishing folds before stitching.
Position finished end of handles 4” down from top edge and directly over bias strips. Place end with D-ring on left side of front. Stitch rectangle at edge of handle starting about 1-1/2” from top edge of purse.
Apply 2 rivets or snap pieces to each handle. Make your purse unique with your own personal touches.
Pin lining pieces, right sides together, and stitch around side and bottom edges like purse front. Leave about a 5” opening in the middle of the bottom seam. Fold corners, mark, and stitch like purse front.
Place purse inside of lining and align top edges, right sides together. Stitch and turn purse right side out through open seam in lining.
Fold lining to inside of purse and press top edge. Edge stitch along folded edge. Hand or machine stitch opening in lining closed.
Now that’s how to celebrate sewing! Have fun and good luck!