Thursday, April 28, 2011

Handbag fit for Royalty!

My invitation to the Royal Wedding must have been lost in the mail, but that is OK because I have had this bag to keep me occupied!  With all the charming details, I think this bag is fit for Royalty! Scroll down the page and listen to some Royal Wedding Music, as you enjoy this post!  I have made a couple bags recently, and I think I have found a new addiction! I live in an area that is saturated with amazing women who can sew! A couple of my friends, a mother daughter duo created a pattern business called Pie Plate Patterns, they are pretty amazing, go check them out! A couple weekends ago, I had the opportunity, to take a couple classes at the Pie Plates Pattern sewing Retreat! Since I am a local, I did not stay for the entire retreat, but the classes I went to were a blast, I did not know sewing could be so much fun!
For one of the classes I took the 'My Favorite Bag', bag class. This was a great class, unfortunately the teacher has not published the pattern for this bag yet, if she does I will definitely link it up! I thought I would show you how to make the flower embellishment which really makes the bag!!
First, you will need to make a simple flower pattern, really you can not go wrong with the shape, just keep it fairly circular, my flower is a simple five flower leaf design. You will need to cut out 4 large flowers, 4 medium flowers, and 4 small flowers. You should have twelve flowers.
Fold all of the flowers in quarters. Simply fold the flower in half, and then in half again. Press.
Sew like size flowers together. You can hand stitch them, or use a zig zag stitch on your sewing machine. I chose to use my sewing machine. Just sew from the center out, ending at half an inch, from the edge of the petals. Complete for all four flowers. I accidently did not make my red flower small enough, so I had to trim it down.
Place the small flower on the medium flower, and the medium flower on the large flour. Tack your flowers together, so you have a three layer flower. Put an embellishment in the middle. I found an old earring, that is missing its pair, so I used that to embellish the center. I safety pinned the flower to the bag, so I could take it off to wash, etc.
I just love all of the detail in the bag! The detailed ruche fabric in the band, and in the strap, is my favorite part!
Want to take a peek inside, well I will show you! I made a special pocket for my iPod touch, I also love LOVE the key fob!
One last look at the finished bag, And on a happy note, it stopped snowing, so you get outside pictures yeah..
So do you think this bag is good enough for say Royalty (like my subtle introduction)? Well at my house we have been super excited for the Royal Wedding. My dad is a little obsessed into the whole royal wedding scene. He lived in London when Prince Charles and Princess Diane were wed. I have mentioned before that I come from a family of rockstars, my Dad wrote this song to commemorate the big event. I really like it, and hope you do to!



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38 comments:

  1. I LOVE LOVE this handbag. Thank you for the flower tutorial...can't wait to make a few!
    Johanna

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  2. Very nice! I can't wait until I get to be this good at sewing...

    I am so not into the Royal Wedding thing though. I'm sure it has absolutely nooothing to do with the fact that I'm jealous and wish I were a princess. lol

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  3. Love this bag and STILL love this song! :)

    Thank you so much for linking up.

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  4. Great song and love the bag. I'm looking forward to watching the wedding.

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  5. I love the colors and prints you used for your handbag and thanks for the tutorial on the flower!

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  6. Lovely bag and the colors are perfect together. Have a great weekend. Patty

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  7. Yes! It is definitely Royalty :-) The fabrics you chose are great, and thanks for the tutorial!

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  8. How great to have a singer in the fam:) She kind of looks like Diana a little!

    On to the bag though;) I love the earring in the center of the flower, creatively done and the colors back and red always make for a fancy purse don't they?!

    Whoop,whoop!!!!

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  9. That is definitely fit for Royalty! lovely...

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  10. I'm sure if Queen Elizabeth had spied your purse she would have asked to borrow it. Thanks for the flower tutorial. I think I'll have to try it.
    Great song!

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  11. Such a pretty purse -definitely fit for royalty!! Whoop whoop!!

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  12. I want one, so cute. I love purses.

    Saw you on Sunday Scoop.

    http://bacontimewiththehungryhypo.blogspot.com/

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  13. Love this! The colors are awesome, and it is sooooo girly :)

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  14. My invite was lost too! Ha!

    Love the color combo!

    Would love for you to share at Calling All Crafters!
    http://allthingsfee.blogspot.com/2011/05/calling-all-crafters-5th-edition.html

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  15. What a gorgeous handbag!!! I LOVE it! I would love for you link it up to my new Inspire Me Mondays Linky party! :) Oh, and Congrats on reaching 500 followers! How exciting! :)http://www.homemakerinheels.com/2011/05/inspire-me-mondays-week-2.html
    Hugs,
    Crysta

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  16. Congrats on 500!

    Love the bag! That's definitely my type of bag with those colors and I LOVE the flower!

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  17. Your bag is daaaahhhhlliinnngg....

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  18. Great job!!! It turned out amazing!!! Love it!!!

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  19. Definitely good enough for royalty! I love the fabric combinations you used!

    I would love if you came over and linked this project to my weekly Round Tuit party at:
    http://jembellish.blogspot.com/
    Have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

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  20. Love this handbag! The colors and patterns look great together. Very royal indeed!

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  21. I LOVE this bag!!! My purse is is not looking so hot these days ... maybe I should sew a replacement!

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  22. this is really pretty! definitely fit for royalty :)

    I'd love for you to link this up to my link party, Your Whims Wednesday! http://mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com/2011/05/your-whims-wednesday-5-and-features.html

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  23. Most definitely fit for royalty! What a cute bag, I absolutely love it. The colors are perfect together, and the flower is just the right touch. Great job!

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  24. Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  25. Gorgeous! I have been looking for a new bag. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  26. That bag is just SUPER cute! Thanks for the flower tutorial too, those are so pretty and would just look BEAUTIFUL on ... EVERYTHING!

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  27. Adorable! I'm definitely going to check out Pie Plate Patterns!!!

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  28. Carlee, your bag turned out beautifully! The Pie Plates Pattern sewing retreat sounds like a lot of fun too! Wish there was something like that in my area!

    Thank you for sharing your creative experience on "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Tuesday at Rook No. 17!

    Jenn

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  29. You've been featured at my party this week; Hookin Up with HoH #48

    Congratulations! You are awesome. Stop by and grab a button if you'd like.

    Allison @ House of Hepworths

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  30. Wow, that handbag is to die for! Definitely fit for Royalty ;) Thanks so much for linking it up!! xx

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