Each of these pieces was cut in a strip (from selvedge to selvedge on the fabric) for the width of each piece and then cut smaller along the length to make the right length for each piece.
skirt fabric (100% cotton)
skirt lining fabric (cotton/poly blend—broadcloth works well)
3/4 inch elastic
large safety pin
You are done—whew!
I generally gather with 2 rows of stitching because it is faster than 3 rows and looks almost as goos, but for the items I sell, I use three rows because it really looks better. Here’s an example. Row 1 has 1 row of stitching and you can see how it is a little lumpy. Row 2 has 2 rows of stitching and it looks pretty good. Row 3 has 3 rows of stitching and it also looks pretty good.
JOINING: To join your gathered edge fabric to the piece it will be sewn to, always line up the edges and put the non-gathered fabric on the bottom. This way, you can control how the gathered edge is going into the machine since it tries to move and pucker.
I am here to tell you how many projects failed this time around—for a variety of reasons! This Reversible Bucket Bag was created out of the ashes of those failures, though, and it turns out that I love it! I made it reversible because I am a little addicted to the idea of reversible things even if it is never reversed!
Go check out Tammy’s blog She Wears Flowers for more awesome ideas!
It worked out fine in the end and it turned out that I loved the idea of having a case, but I wanted something different for myself—you know…prettier! This one is actually made a little better and the corners, seams and ends are finished more nicely.
I am sure there are other tutorials online for this, but when I searched all I could find were patterns for sale. I didn’t want to buy a pattern—I knew this wasn’t going to be too hard to figure out—and it wasn’t! I did make a couple before I hammered out all of the little issues, but it wasn’t hard and didn’t take too long!
Now it’s pretty from any angle! I love the way it turned out.
Go visit Tammy’s blog for more cute ideas!