Ruffle Purse Tutorial

Hello again!!! I’m Kaysi from Keeping it Simple.

Keeping It Simple

Today I going to share how I made this fun Ruffle Purse using The Ribbon Retreat’s awesome fabric!

I used the super cute fabric, Joyful Garden by Studio E and a Grey Kitty 14″ Zipper.

Both of which you can find at The Ribbon Retreat.
Clicking the links will take you right to them. 🙂


Ruffle Purse Tutorial:

1) First cut out the fabric for the strap.

Cut one piece 5″ x 45″ and the other two strips are 1 1/2″ x 45″.


2) For the strap, fold it in half and then sew it together.

3) Then turn it inside out.

4) For the ruffle, sew the two pieces together and then zig-zag the edges to prevent fraying. Then sew a straight stitch down the middle, using your longest stitch setting.

5) Next pull the bobbin thread and gather the fabric to make the ruffle.

6) Pin the ruffle onto the strap and sew it on.


7) Next cut the fabric for the bag.

I cut 5 different pieces.

The front and back were 12″ x 10″, the sides were 4″ x 10″ and the bottom was 4″ x 12″. This fabric will be the outside of the purse.


8- Cut the same size pieces, using a different fabric. This will in the inside of the purse.


9) Next cut some pieces of fabric for the pockets inside the purse. These pieces were all 5″ x 12″.


For all the pieces, put the fronts together and sew them together, leaving one side open so you can flip it inside out.

10) Start with the pockets and sew them together.

11) Sew the pockets onto the front and back pieces of the fabric that will be in the inside of the purse. I just did a straight line in the middle of the pocket.

12) Put all of the 5 pieces together, fronts facing each other. At this time, I put the strap into the side pieces.

13) Sew all of the pieces together and then turn them inside out.

Now it’s time to start building the purse.

14) Put the front piece together with a side and sew them together. I used a zig-zag stitch so it would be a stronger stitch.


15) Continue building the bag by putting the front and back pieces with the side pieces.


Now for the bottom…

Here is the purse without the bottom.

16) Flip the purse inside out and then pin the bottom onto the bottom of it. Then sew all around the edge.


Since my kids love to get into my purse, I wanted to put a zipper on it so they can’t get into it so easily 🙂

17) I had a 14″ zipper, and I only needed it to be 10″ so I used a needle and thread to close the zipper at the length I needed. Then I cut off the rest of the zipper, leaving an inch.


18) Next sew some fabric onto the zipper, making it 4″ x 12″.


19) Just like the bottom, sew the zipper to the top. This time I didn’t turn it inside out and just sewed it onto the purse.

And here’s the purse, super cute but it needs some ruffles 🙂


For the ruffles:

20) Cut four different fabrics into strips of 5″x45″. Each fabric needed two strips.

21) Fold the strip in half and then sew the two strips together. Then ruffle the fabric.

22) Using a hot glue gun, glue the ruffles onto the purse. I pinned it in place first and then glued it.

23) Work your way up the bag, gluing the ruffles onto it.


24) I wanted to leave a little bit of the fabric of the purse showing (because it’s sooo cute!). I made a 1 1/2″ strip ruffle to finish off the ruffles. I made it the same way I did the grey ruffle on the strap.


25) Next I added a flower to the front of the purse. I just used the ruffle and wrapped it around itself to make the flower.


And now I have a super fun purse!!! I just love the fabric 🙂

Here’s a close up.

And the inside, prefect for my phone and camera and keys.

I just love the length of the strap, so I don’t have to worry about it falling off my shoulder when I’m dealing with kids 🙂

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Thank you Kaysi for your wonderful tutorial!

I just love that fabric, Joyful Garden by Studio E.

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Have a wonderful day!

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One Comment

  1. Tanisha
    Posted April 24, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    very cute. would love to make some of these for my nieces.

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