Valentine Bucket Bag Tutorial

The minute I put these two pieces of fabric together, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. The black velour reminded me of a little black dress I owned once upon a time and of course the red glitter just says Valentine’s Day! With the stiffness of the felt, I knew I could utilize it instead of my usual interfacing and I had been wanting to try a bucket bag. My new machine has seven kinds of button holes so I went for it.

Where I started: a felt remnant and an old velour maternity shirt.

Where I started: a felt remnant and an old velour maternity shirt.

It was a really simple pattern/idea. The entire purse is centered around a 6″ circle (I traced a small plate). Then, there is the body that wraps around the circle. To make it easy, I used 8-1/2″ as my height so I could use regular paper. I removed 1″ from the top (just folded it over) for the black piece so that the red would stick out.

My circle

My circle

My main piece. The line across is where I will fold the pattern to cut the black velour piece.

My main piece. The line across is where I will fold the pattern to cut the black velour piece.

So, the circle has a 6″ diameter.  (cut 2 in the outer fabric, cut 1 of the felt)

Then, cut 1  – 19-1/4 x 8-1/2 piece of the stiff felt.

Fold the top of the pattern down 1″ and cut 2 – 19-1/4 x 7-1/2″ from main fabric.

I also cut 2  – 24″ x 1-1/2 inch strips to use for the strap.

Seam allowances are 1/4″

Because I needed two fairly large pieces from the maternity shirt, I first cut off the sleeves and cut apart the shoulders so that I got as much of a flat piece as possible.

Chopping the arms to get a large piece.

Chopping the arms to get a large piece.

Man, velour is messy!

Man, velour is messy!

After cutting two body pieces, two circles and two long strips for the strap from the black velour, I cut strips from the rest. I had an idea that I actually didn’t use, but I’ll use them for another project.

strips

strips

I sewed some pretty scallops on the top edge of the felt.

I sewed some pretty scallops on the top edge of the felt.

 

Then, I sewed my two strap strips end to end, then folded the edges into the center and then in half.

Folding and pinning

Folding and pinning

I sewed the strap with a zigzag stitch.

I sewed the strap with a zigzag stitch.

At this point, I also zigzagged the top edges of each piece of black on the body. Because the red felt is sandwiched and sticks up higher, I was going to have to sew edges instead of turning it inside out….so finishing the edges was the way to go.

I then placed the inside piece of black fabric, wrong side to wrong side with the felt. I stitched a simple line across to keep it in place while I put together the inner part of the bag.

Keeping it together!

Keeping it together!

Then, I folded it with the black inside and sewed the side seam.

Side seam.

Side seam.

Now, I’m ready to attach the bottom of the inner purse.

Pinned in place...view of the bottom.

Pinned in place…view of the bottom.

Pinned in place -- view from the side.

Pinned in place — view from the side.

 

Sewing the circle bottom to the sides.

Sewing the circle bottom to the sides.

 

I then repeated the basic procedure for the outside of the purse. The top edge had been zigzagged so I sewed the side seam  and then pinned it to the bottom for sewing.

Ready to sew together!

Ready to sew together!

Again, because the red lining is taller and is sandwiched, I turned the outer purse right side out and slid it onto the inner purse, pinning it in place. I also pinned the strap between the layers. Make sure the strap is even!

A lovely felt sandwich!

A lovely felt sandwich!

Side view!

Side view!

Then I picked a nice fancy, decorative stitch to put them all together.

Loopy and flowery!

Loopy and flowery!

Now, in order to get the cinched top, we need some button holes. If you are afraid of buttonholes, this is not the project for you. You will need to make 12!

I spaced them out with pins first and marked my starting point (I used my fancy stitch as a reference point).

I spaced them out with pins first and marked my starting point (I used my fancy stitch as a reference point).

Buttonhole-palooza!

Buttonhole-palooza! They’re kind of even! 🙂

Now, we just need to add the cincher. At first, I took my velour scraps and some extra Valentine scraps and made some fabric twine:

Easy to do and cute!

Easy to do and cute!

 

Unfortunately, I didn’t like the way the twine worked with this purse.

Too bulky...it covers the details of the purse.

Too bulky…it covers the details of the purse.

So, digging in my stash, I found some skinny red rickrack! Perfect!

Cute and feminine.

Cute and feminine.

Inside view.

Inside view.

So, there is your Valentine bucket bag, upcycled purse. What do you think?  Try it?  Or Buy it?  This bag and many other styles are available for purchase in the Pursenal Issues Etsy Shop.

Happy *Early* Valentine’s Day! ❤

 

 

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