I never know what to get my mom for mother’s day. She isn’t the type of mom that likes a lot of jewelry or a spa day or anything like that. I normally do something that consists of pictures but because it was mother’s day I didn’t want to make the gift from Lillian because then it would be more like grandparent’s day. So instead, I decided to make her a purse.
This bag is fairly easy, especially if you have made a tote bag. I changed some of the construction process because it didn’t make sense to me to do it the way that it was written.
I did not change the pleats…if you are worried because this bag has pleats, don’t be! It’s SUPER easy. You literally fold the fabric on the lines, pin, and sew to keep in place. I think the pleats are such an added decorative aspect to this purse.
The pattern has you make the pocket out of the lining fabric but I like the look of using the outer fabric for the lining.
I made the strap longer (30 instead of 20) because I know my mom doesn’t really like short straps on her purse. I also constructed it the same way that I did for the tote bags.
I found it pretty exciting to sew the top area to the bottom and to see how the pleats will look. This is when I realized that pleats are super easy and add that “something extra.”
I must not have folded my pleats as much as I should have because this is what I had after sewing the top and bottom pieces together.
In order to fix it I just put the two full panel pieces right sides together and trimmed off the excess. That way when sewing them together I would know they were the right size, making it much easier to stick to the correct seam allowance.
Another change that I made was to leave an opening in the top of the lining instead of the bottom…this eliminates the need for hand stitching since you will be top stitching anyway. It also made it possible to insert the magnetic snap after the bag was put together. This way I was more likely to have it in the right spot. Which apparently is important for snaps, who knew?!?
I also attached the handle between the lining and outer fabric instead of on the outside of the bag.
I had to add this picture to show off the pleats again, because, well, I am excited about them!
Overall, this bag is adorable. I would probably make the strap a little shorter than I did but not as short as the pattern says. I would also like for the bag to have more of a bottom. Without boxed corners (which a curved bag can’t have) or darts there really isn’t a way to have the bag stand on it’s own.
I think the pattern was a little hard to follow but luckily the concept is about the same as with the tote bag so it was easy enough to change. So if you are just getting started with sewing, I recommend making the tote bag first. But do suggest this buttercup bag because it’s a great purse pattern.