Monday, May 19, 2014

Ruffled Purse Skirt

       A friend gave me these strips of fabric some time ago and I immediately thought I'd put them in a pillow cover.  I really like the comforting colors.  However, I got this idea! Make a skirt for my 31 Skirt Purse. (I don't think they sell it anymore?)
First, I surged both edges of each strip.

 I grabbed an old rufflier which came from my Momma's machine accessory box, clean but rusted a bit, and put it on my big, modern sewing machine.  So glad things like this are interchangeable.
 Because of this rufflier, I was able to quickly and consistently gather each strip.
I did test settings on other fabrics to see how much to gather each strip to fit best on my pattern.

  Then, I cut a base fabric from my FREE PATTERN.
Sorry, I don't have a pattern for the newest skirt purse. I don't own that 31 purse.
 I decided how far apart I wanted to lay the strips and marked the base with an air marker which I use when I'm getting on with the project.
Like putting shingles on the roof of the house, start with the bottom strip first.
       I first laid the strip upside down, right sides together, but realized that would not let the ruffle lay down well without an added row of top stitching stitching which would take extra time. 
Instead, since the edges have been surged, lay flat like you see below.
I didn't trust my markings totally and always checked each side to make sure the strip ends were matching.
However, for the top row ruffle, you will want to lay upside.
 Then turn down and top stitch about 1/4 inch from the edge.

Now follow my tutorial HERE to finish putting the purse skirt together.

I've really had fun making skirts for my 31 Skirt Purse.
I basically have a new purse for anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes of my time, depending on details, 
and always using scrap pieces of fabrics or unused, unneeded, unusable clothing
and other fabric finds from curtains, sheets and such.
Think totally out of the box to make your own unique purse skirt.

Again, you can find my free pattern HERE.
I hope you are or will too.


  1. Great idea and really beautiful purse, love how you can change it up! ~Diane

  2. What a creative piece of work. Love the fabric and the print on it... Its beautiful!! Visiting from Monday Handmade... :) Have a great week!!

  3. The purse is really girly with the ruffles! Thank you for the tutorial, I found it very interesting!

  4. I loved seeing you use the old ruffler! I'm so glad it worked for you.

  5. Beautiful! I love the ruffles! I'd be thrilled if you'd link up at this week's Off the Hook!

  6. Beautiful bag! I love ruffles and the butterfly fabric! Lovely idea! Thanks for sharing!
    Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft

  7. Beautiful purse! Love the ruffles and especially seeing you use the old ruffler, they are hard to beat! Thanks for sharing at Linky Tuesday! Freemotion by the River

  8. I love the cute ruffles! What an excellent idea. Thanks so much for linking it up to Snickerdoodle Sunday!

  9. How beautiful! You make it look so easy to make. ;)

  10. This is so adorable Joy! I am featuring it at Diana Rambles tomorrow. This got me to look at the other skirt posts and now I am obsessed and want one of these purses. I am scouring Ebay & CraigsList as I am too cheap to buy it brand new.

  11. I love those ruffles, Joy! Thanks for the free pattern! Congrats on the feature!


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