Fancy schmancy for deodorant!
I wanted a pretty toiletry bag that was big enough to hold not only my war paint, but a toothbrush, hairbrush, even a bottle of shampoo. I have such a large stash of fabric and supplies that I figured even I, impatient I, could whip up (famous last words) a toiletry bag.
Honestly, the bag itself wasn’t difficult, but I decided to kick it up a notch by adding a simple ruffle after the bag was finished. Yeah, easy to sew, NOT! In full disclosure, I wanted the ruffle because I hated the way the zipper looked (there’s a reason why I quilt–no zippers).
I used a toile medium-weight tapestry fabric. After determining the size of bag I wanted, I cut out two identical pieces of fabric twice the length of the bag I wanted (I’ll explain why in a minute) and with right sides facing each other, sewed the two long sides and one short side together so the inside lining would match the outside. I turned the fabric inside out and folded it in half. The reason I did this was so that there would be no seams on the inside of the bag. Clever, no? On the unfinished short end I added the zipper (12″ zipper).
The ruffle/handle is a 6″ wide piece of coordinating fabric which I sewed into a tube, and pressed with the seam in the middle. I stupidly added the ruffle after the zipper. It worked; it was just hard sewing with the zipper and so many layers of fabric in place. I added two vintage buttons on the top and both sides of the ruffle (near the handle-helps with support) and viola! A Ruffled Toiletry Bag! (I really stink at giving directions, don’t I? It’s the thought that counts.)
Something tells me my ideas/projects will never make it to CraftGossip!