Friday, January 15, 2010


This bag was supposed to be just a simple pleated handbag, instead it turned out into a HUGE beach-size tote!!! I made the mistake of adding a couple of inches thinking that the bag would turn out to be too small for my liking!

Things to learn from this project:
-Make larger pleats
-Don't use interfacing, or if you do, apply it after pleating the fabric
-Make slimmer handles or use braided handles
-Don't add a border
-Think of adding a magnetic snap or zipper closure
-Think of adding a zipper pocket inside
-Use heavier fabrics [canvas, linen]

For more information/tutorials on the pleated handbag check out the following links:

Green wool + brown plaid handbag "how-to" from sewtakeahike
Butterflies and Fruit Pleated Tote from Cut Out + Keep
3) Good posting on Craftster