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Topic: TUTORIAL - Alterations to the FREE Buttercup Bag Pattern  (Read 143694 times)
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« on: March 26, 2009 03:09:19 AM »

A few of us Craftsters have made the free Buttercup Bag Pattern from here:  http://madebyrae.blogspot.com/2009/02/free-buttercup-bag-sewing-pattern.html.  I made a bag with quite a few alterations to it, including enlarging the pattern to 125% on the photocopier.  Here's the link to the one I made:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=296978.0.

The alterations I made were:

  • Firstly - enlarged to 125%
  • Added a mobile phone pocket instead of a flat pocket
  • Added a zipper
  • Lengthened the strap to 24"
  • Interfaced the outer top

A couple of words of advice.  If you choose to interface the lining, the outer top and the handle and you sandwich the strap between the lining and outer - make sure your machine can handle thick layers otherwise you'll be breaking lots of needles!!!

OK.  Firstly, I'll show you how I added the zipper.  You need to start by altering your pattern.  Cut the lining an inch or so down from the top, then add 1/4" seam to either piece, like this:


Then cut your pieces for the bag.  You need to cut extra pieces.  4 pieces, width of the zipper x probably 2 or more inches (for the ends of the zipper) and another 4 pieces, 2 inches x a bit longer than the length of the outer upper piece of the pattern (for the sides of the zipper).  If this is a little confusing now, it may make more sense in the pictures further down.  You need to add the little tab bits to the ends of the zipper like this:


Then you need to add the side bits to the zipper, like this:


Then you need to cut the whole piece to 1 3/4" wide x length of outer upper piece, centering the zipper, like this:


Now you need to sandwich the zipper between the lining bottom and top, like so:


Repeat for the other side.  This is what it should look like:


Then sew the lining together.  With the ends of the zipper, make sure they go 'upwards' when catching in the lining, like this:


Make sure you leave an opening in the lining to turn right sides out:


OK. This ends the tutorial on the zipper.  If it seems a little confusing, I've used a couple of tutorials.  One of my own:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=85354.msg805095#msg805095 and another:  http://www.themikkelsens.net/sarah/journal/2008/06/recessed-zipper-how-to.html

Now onto how I did the mobile phone pocket.  I cut two squares of fabric (outer and lining) 5 x 5 inch square with 1" squares cut from the bottom of each fabric, like this:


Put right sides together and sew across the top:


Sew the corners of lining and outer:


Put right sides together.  Sew around edge leaving gap for turning:


Turn right sides out.  Press and top stitch along top edge:


Pin to lining:


Sew to lining:


Finally, the pleats.  I followed the directions of the pleats but somehow, I could not get them to fit.  This is how I ended up doing them. I must say, that I do like this way:

I placed a pin in the middle of the fabric.  I pinned the other 4 pleats according to the pattern.  This is what it looked like:


Start by sewing the pleated edges with the outer top piece on the top towards the centre but stopping before the centre, like this:


Start and the other end and stop before the centre.  Create a box pleat and continue to meet the other line of stitching:


You should end up with something that looks like this:


Hope this is helpful.  As always, if you have any questions, fire away!!!  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2009 04:55:31 AM »

you rock! thank you so much!
and you just started a creative process in my head (because I misinterpreted one of the pics) how I could add zippers to bag tops in a different way - can't wait to try! Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2009 05:09:43 AM »

cute Smiley thanks mucho
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« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2009 06:03:17 AM »

You make me want to learn to sew! The bag is great and I really like the fabric you chose. I just wished the tutorial made more sense to my sewnewb mind...
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« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2009 06:30:30 AM »

Oh so bookmarked!  I love your tutorials, they are so clear and easy to do.  I can't wait to try and make one of these.  Fortunately I'll be at work today where I have access to a photocopier Grin.  I have a winter coat with a cell phone pocket, but that does not help in the summer...I see a summer purse in the making!  Thanks for your hard work making this tutorial!

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« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2009 06:32:24 AM »

Thank you so much for taking the time to do this tutorial.  I'm for sure going to make this bag!
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« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2009 06:39:34 AM »

Thanks for the great tutorial! It looks very easy to follow, I'll definitely try it out soon  Smiley ! Btw I love the fabric you used, sooo pretty!
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« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2009 08:02:11 AM »

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« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2009 08:23:10 AM »

Fantastic instructions on the modifications.  I think this will be my next project!!  Can you tell me what size zipper you used for this bag??

Thank U
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« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2009 09:00:48 AM »

I love the modifications you made.  I will be adding that cell phone pocket to a lot of bags now.  Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #10 on: March 26, 2009 09:55:47 AM »

Thank you so much.  They don't call you the Queen for nothing!!
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« Reply #11 on: March 26, 2009 10:06:32 AM »

Oh that bag is so cute. I didn't remember seeing it before!
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« Reply #12 on: March 26, 2009 11:21:43 AM »

Thank you very much to share this.
I've just finished one of this and I was thinking of adding a zipper to the second one I've planned to sew, but I had no idea how to do it.
thanks again!
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« Reply #13 on: March 26, 2009 12:14:44 PM »

I am probably going to sound sooo dumb right now...how do you enlarge the pattern 125% to print it out?  I am a little slow when it comes to computers...  Thanks for the help!
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« Reply #14 on: March 26, 2009 12:28:43 PM »

Thanks for all your lovely comments everyone!!  Wink

Fantastic instructions on the modifications.  I think this will be my next project!!  Can you tell me what size zipper you used for this bag??

Thank U
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I used a 40cm/16" zipper.  It was too long but I just trimmed the end without the metal end clip.  Just be careful sewing over the zipper teeth when sewing on the tabs.  Whenever I go over the zipper teeth I just hand wind the machine.

I am probably going to sound sooo dumb right now...how do you enlarge the pattern 125% to print it out?  I am a little slow when it comes to computers...  Thanks for the help!

You will need a photocopier that copies onto A3.  Then to enlarge, just push the buttons to get to 125%.  That should work.
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« Reply #15 on: March 26, 2009 11:02:54 PM »

Another great tutorials! I have featured you on my team blog at: http://carriedawayteam.blogspot.com/2009/03/next-thing-i-want-to-learn.html as well as my personal blog at: http://solsisters.blogspot.com/2009/03/free-buttercup-bag-pattern.html

Guess what I'm going to be learning next now that I have your nice clear instructions?
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« Reply #16 on: March 27, 2009 10:15:57 AM »

Great tutorial. After making this bag the regular size I can see exactly why you enlarged it. I am glad I was able to read your tips before trying to assembly my bag. The next one will definitely be a little larger. And, thanks for posting your cell phone pocket instructions, they worked perfectly.
I did make one change of my own. I put a D-ring on a fabric strip on each side and then attached my purse strap to that. I have a clip for my keys and need the d-ring to hook that too. I also put a zippered pocket inside on the other side of the lining.
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« Reply #17 on: March 27, 2009 06:07:23 PM »

Very well thought out and expressed.
Thank you!
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« Reply #18 on: March 27, 2009 07:58:03 PM »

This is fantastic! And perfect timing, as well, I'm in dire need of a new purse...

Another silly question from another sewing newbie: Can you still make this (enlarger 125%) with a fat quarter (as stated in the original pattern)? Or will you need a bit more fabric?
Thanks Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: March 27, 2009 08:24:40 PM »

What a great tutorial!  Love the way you did the zipper. 
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« Reply #20 on: March 27, 2009 10:20:02 PM »

Thank you! And love the fabric you chose, its really pretty
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« Reply #21 on: March 28, 2009 06:59:50 AM »

The buttercup purse was so cute but way too small for me.  Thanks for adding this tutorial!  I can't wait to try it.

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« Reply #22 on: March 28, 2009 01:20:38 PM »

This is fantastic! And perfect timing, as well, I'm in dire need of a new purse...

Another silly question from another sewing newbie: Can you still make this (enlarger 125%) with a fat quarter (as stated in the original pattern)? Or will you need a bit more fabric?
Thanks Smiley

Not a silly question at all!!!  In fact, you will need more fabric.  You might get away with a fat quarter for the outer bag but you will definitely need 1/2 metre (50cm or 20inches) of contrast fabric.
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« Reply #23 on: March 29, 2009 11:36:33 AM »

Thanks for this tutorial! I was wondering on how I could fit a zipper but being lazy I just used a snap and now regretting not using a zipper.
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« Reply #24 on: March 30, 2009 07:07:56 AM »

This tutorial is so great!  I will use this to add zippers to other purse I make too!  Thanks for sharing!!
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« Reply #25 on: March 31, 2009 04:55:56 PM »

another smashing tutorial.

I tried this over the weekend and came up with this.




Overall, the zipper turned out pretty well, but for this type of box bag, I will need to make some alterations. It's a little bunchy in the corners and doesn't open as smoothly as I'd like. Maybe the technique at Uhandblog might be more suited. I have also seen ones where the zipper kinda trails off the ends and tucks into the bag. Still, a showstopper bag on a cosmetic level and I learned some new things.

Thanks for the awesome tutorials! Please keep writing them.

You can see more pics and read about it on my blog at: http://solsisters.blogspot.com/2009/03/conquering-set-in-zippers-and-dreaming.html
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« Reply #26 on: April 05, 2009 01:07:31 PM »

can i ask you something Grin
how can i sawing the lining with outer fabric?

beautiful bag i love it
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« Reply #27 on: April 06, 2009 12:20:18 AM »

can i ask you something Grin
how can i sawing the lining with outer fabric?

beautiful bag i love it

I think I know what you are asking!  You put the outer bag inside the lining bag with right sides together.  You just need to make sure you have left the zipper opened half way and that you have left a gap in the lining for turning.
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« Reply #28 on: April 07, 2009 05:27:56 PM »

Oh awesome, I just might have to give this a try Smiley
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« Reply #29 on: May 13, 2009 03:06:10 PM »

I love this tutorial - thanks queenofdiy!

This is now bookmarked and I can't wait to try it!
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« Reply #30 on: May 13, 2009 10:02:53 PM »

thanks so much for showing the mobile phone tutorial!  i've been wanting to add those but didn't want to figure it out!  thanks!!!
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« Reply #31 on: May 14, 2009 01:06:44 PM »

Awesome tutorial. Would you mind giving the measurements on the pattern pieces that you enlarged? I want to try to draw them out. Rather than print them and bring them somewhere.
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« Reply #32 on: May 15, 2009 06:47:39 AM »

Thank you, that exactly what i need!

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« Reply #33 on: May 19, 2009 06:08:14 PM »

Thanks so much for these great instructions! I made two of these bags for my mom and MIL for their birthdays. They turned out awesome, I'll post pictures when I take some! The instructions were very easy to follow, I would have pulled my hair out trying to figure out how to add that zipper by myself Smiley Thanks again!
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« Reply #34 on: December 03, 2009 06:52:21 AM »

I know that this thread is super duper old! But I have a question cause I am making 2 of these for Christmas presents!! What kind of interfacing for the lining and top piece did you use? Is that a fusible fleece or a heavyweight interface? Thanks!!
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« Reply #35 on: December 05, 2009 08:22:35 AM »

I used Pellon 808 Craft fuse - a midweight fusible for my buttercup bags. It worked fine in the bigger version as well.. although I haven't done the zipper one above.


BTW ... Rae has updated this pattern and offers it for sale with the original size and a larger size. She has altered the license for limited commercial use.. i.e. if you buy the pattern you can sell bags made from it on etsy, artfire, etc. but you can't mass-produce them for sale at Walmart.

http://madebyrae.blogspot.com/2009/05/rae-goes-blahdeeblahdeeblah-about.html
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« Reply #36 on: April 01, 2011 09:42:45 AM »

This is so cool, I've been wanting to make the Buttercup bag but I heard that it was a little small & I didn't want to figure it out to make it bigger.So this great now I can make one. Thanks so much for the tute. You did a great job!!! Cool
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« Reply #37 on: March 07, 2013 09:17:33 AM »

Thank you so much for this tutorial as I am brainstorming to create a new bag. I am a little confused as to how you add the lining to the pleated part though? If you have a minute to let me know or where I can find a similar step online. Many thanks!
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« Reply #38 on: March 07, 2013 09:20:44 AM »

Sorry i found the answer above so i'll try that! Thanks!
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« Reply #39 on: March 07, 2013 12:52:17 PM »

Sorry me again! Could you please tell me when you attach the strap? Many thanks!
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« Reply #40 on: March 08, 2013 07:42:19 PM »

Thanks so much for this! Do you think this would work with sew-on leather handles as well?

Also, roundabout what size were the final dimensions of the enlarged bag? I want to know if I can fit a paperback in there (main criteria for any purse in my opinion!!!) Cheesy

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