Dollar Store Crafts was given the opportunity to work with the yo-yo maker tool from Clover and to get inspired by a book called Indygo Junction’s Fabric Flowers by Amy Brickman. I was so excited to add it to this super easy purse I made out of a Dollar Store place mat. I already have a plan for my purse: it’s going to make an awesome bible bag! Know what’s even more exciting? We’re giving away a copy of the book and a yo-yo maker so you can try it out for yourself! Read all the way to the end of the post for details!
- 2 place mats, $2
- Sewing machine, on hand
- Hot glue, on hand
- Yo-yo maker, about $5 (or win one below!)
- Scrap fabric, on hand
Total cost: $2 and up
To get started take one of the place mats and fold in half. Then measure 1″ from the center crease on each side. Draw a line across to make a guide for your fold. Using an iron press on the line to create the bottom of your purse.
Using the other place mat cut a strip 2 1/2″. With the place mat I used I was able get two piece from one strip. (It was double fabric with interfacing in the middle) If you only have one strip you’ll need to cut another one. These pieces will be the sides to your purse.
Starting at the base or bottom of your purse pin the side and secure with sewing machine. The pin the sides and secure with your sewing machine. To make it easy to secure, sew from the outside of the purse. Its way easier this way and the thread will blend well so don’t worry about how it will look. You can just sew up the stitch that is already there on the place mat.
Now to attach your handles. Cut two 1 1/2″ strip for the straps. You can make the straps bigger or small depending on what you are using your purse for. To keep the strap from coming apart stitch up the side with a 1/4″ seam. To secure the straps to the purse measure 1″ from the side and pin in place. Using a zigzag stitch secure straps to purse base.
Once you have the purse complete you can decorate it how which ever way you would like. I couldn’t wait to use the yo-yo makers. I used some coordinating fabric and a button to make a pretty yo-yo flower. I attached the yo-yo flower with my glue gun. To finish it off I put a button I had in the center.
Want to win a copy of Indygo Junction’s Fabric Flowers and a yo-yo maker of your very own? Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below!
Want more chances to win? Check out the rest of the Indygo Junction virtual book tour! You can see more about the book on the following blogs:
- 2/2/13 – Indygo Junction Kick Off Post
- 2/4/13 – Kollabora
- 2/5/13 – CraftFoxes
- 2/6/13 – Sewing Secrets
- 2/7/13 – Princess Lasertron
- 2/8/13 – Dollar Store Crafts
- 2/11/13 – Tatertots & Jello
- 2/12/13 – Family Ever After
- 2/13/13 – This Mama Makes Stuff
- 2/14/13 – Amy’s Creative Side
- 2/15/13 – Today’s Creative Blog
- 2/18/13 – Lazy Girl Designs
- 2/19/13 – Skip to My Lou
- 2/20/13 – The Sewing Loft
- 2/21/13 – The Crafty Cupboard
- 2/22/13 – Fishsticks Designs
- 2/25/13 – Taradara
- 2/26/13 – Diary of a Quilter
- 2/27/13 – Craft Gossip
- 2/28/13 – How Joyful
- 3/1/13 – Lindsay Sews
- 3/4/13 – Flamingo Toes
- 3/5/13 – In Color Order
- 3/6/13 – See Kate Sew
- 3/7/13 – Handmade Charlotte
- 3/8/13 – Sew Caroline
- 3/9/13 – Indygo Junction Wrap Up Post, Bonus Giveaway & Free Flower Project