Last week one on my sons’ friends had her 3rd birthday. I decided that as a gift I would make her a bag set. After all what little girl doesn’t love a bag to store things in. I had chosen some dusky pink fabric I had picked up recently in Ikea as my main fabric and pulled out a few fabrics from the Gypsy line by Pillow and Maxfied for Michael Miller fabrics to work with as I created. As is so often the case when I sew, I started without a defintie pattern and just created very much as I went.
The first thing I did was to cut out the body of the bag and attach a beautiful big glittery L to what would be the front. I used a deep pink glitter iron-on foil that my husband cut to shape using the Silhouette Cameo.
I decided to go with a very simple design – one rectangle of material foled in half, seamed up each side with boxed corners added for shape. I repeated the same design for the lining, adding a pocket to the back panel. I used the White Gypsy Paisley as the lining for the bag and the pink version of the fabric to line the handles and closing strap.
I decided on a magnetic clasp as I reckoned this would be the easiest to open. However, given the strength of the magnet in the clasp I used this may not have been the best of ideas in hindsight. Next time I use one of these clasps I think that I’ll attach the top part of the clasp within the flap rather than just sewing it on top as I did this time. For both the clasp strap and the handles I reversed the fabrics using the main bag fabric on the underneath and the lining fabric on top for a pop of colour.
As a little extra design I covered a large button with some Pink Jumbo Gypsy Gingham to which I had attached a smaller glittery L, and then hung this off the bag with some pink cording.
I then went on to make one little extra, a small zippered pouch that can be stored within the bag or just used on it’s own, perfect for storing a little girls trinkets.
I used the Pink Gypsy Paisley as the outer fabric, Pink Jumbo Gypsy Gingham for the lining and a nice easy to open chunky white zip. As one final extra I put a couple of matching bracelt and necklace sets inside the pouch.
The overall end result is what I think is quite the perfect gift for a lovely little girl.