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Topic: TUTORIAL - Alterations to the FREE Buttercup Bag Pattern  (Read 271749 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:  https://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:  https://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 »

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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...
« 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!
« 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??

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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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