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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Sweet Critter Purses Tutorial

These were very fun and easy to make. I hope you can make yourself some for a very sweet critter lover in your family. The critters aren't any bigger than five inches big....I bought these (at the dollar store).

Purse Pattern:

Just cut the body fabric 17x11 inches and a piece of batting 17x5 inches.
2 bottom pieces with the corners rounded off at 8-1/4 x 3-1/4 inches with a piece of batting the same size. Then 2 straps at 9x3 inches to be folded in half width wise right sides together with a piece of batting 9x 1-1/2 inches....Sew straps right sides together and bottom right sides together with batting on the bottom and sew 1/4 inch around leaving space to turn right sides out....Use the great straw method to turn straps. Then you can sew your opening closed just by top-stitching close to the edge.

Now Here's the hard part.
Lay your body batting down. then lay your body piece down on top with right side facing up......I put mine on my mat so I could eyeball the lay down your ruffle, right side up. I bought one and made the others (not shown below) with 3 inch wide coordinating fabric, hemming and overcast stitching one long side and ruffling the other....Put ruffled edge on top edge of top of body fabric. Now keeping in mind that you'll be folding body fabric in half width ways and  in half to make lining and front and back all in one. So, lay your straps at the top at 2-1/2 and 6-1/2 inches for one strap and the other goes at 10-1/2 and 14-1/2 there abouts....
Now bring the bottom up to the top and sew the top and one side, then turn inside out and sew opening closed, if you turn in the raw edge and topstitch it it will be a nice clean edge inside also......Now sew the bottom piece onto the bottom of the body with the ruffle on the bag facing up that last side of body and turn inside out.

 I hope this tutorial is helpful, because I doubt its good instructions. Let me know how I can improve and believe me the way it turns out so cute and clean is all well worth it. Enjoy!

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