I was inspired by a purse I saw at Magpie in San Jose. It’s an adorable store; you should stop by when you’re in the area. There was an oversized linen ruffle purse there…it was a little too big for my size and a little too expensive. So, I was determined to make one this week. I went to several fabric stores this weekend to find the right linen. Joann’s had the best selection.
I made the purse without a pattern…I used some of my totes as models. I started by making ruffles.
Then I cut out the main body.
As I was shopping for the linen fabric, I came across this remnant piece of blue and white ticking fabric for $8.
I thought the blue and white ticking fabric would be perfect for another tote, so I had to buy it, too.
For some reason, I tend to start with the ruffles first. I ripped 3” strips of fabric.
I sewed a basting stitch down the middle and gathered up the fabric.Below is how the ruffles look sewn on the body of the purse.
Next was to sew a top piece to the purse.
The finished ruffle tote…