How to make a Tulip Handbag

Spring is in the air and what better way to celebrate your creativity but learning to sew a simple, adorable Tulip shaped Handbag. The final project is perfect for a dress up night out on the town.

The pattern can be found on our website listed with the downloads for the Making Handbag DVD. Simply cut out the pieces following the pattern guidelines, fuse interfacing to both the interior and exterior pieces as well as the handles, then sew! We like to use the acro fusible interfacing. It has a good weight and is easy to sew through.

After sewing the handles, the interior and exterior sides, you are ready for assembly. Be careful to place the handles correctly - on the right side of the interior fabric facing the bottom of the bag.

Pop the interior into the exterior - right sides together - and sew the perimeter leaving and opening between one side of the handle for you to pull the handbag out, the "birthing" process. You'll know what I mean if you've seen the handbag DVD. Press well and topstitch the handbag closed. Add a closure of your liking.

Here's a short video of Susie going through the major sewing steps. This is a great project to accompany a prom dress this spring!

Swap-O-Rama-Rama in Santa Monica May 31, 2009

Save your T-shirts! A special T-shirt Transformation Swap O Rama Rama will be held at the Santa Monica Museum of Art in Bergamot Station on May 31. This event is part of the Museum's Cause for Creativity workshops.

You are invited to participate as a Volunteer helper, Designer or Swapper. Museum members will get free admission with a bag of t-shirts. All others will get in for $5 with a bag of t-shirts or $10 without.

There will be silk screeners and a number of design stations including making totes, plushies, re-design and more. Stay tuned for more details!