The flower girl bag (for my son’s wedding) has been on the back burner for a while because I’ve had so much else going on, but yesterday I set about it and I’m rather pleased with the result. I’ll have to give it to my future daughter in law to road test on the flower girls because I’m a bit rusty on how big a small girl is. The bag section is about 10.1/2″ in both directions.
Personalising the flower girl bag
The embroidery – the flower girl’s initial entwined with a sunflower – was the first problem. My first attempt resulted in a bird’s nest so huge that a swan would have been at home in it (not showing you that photo!). Then I managed to get the initial and sunflower on top of each other and finally I managed this one which I’m quite happy with. I’ve also learned a lot about working with Matilda, my embroidery machine.
My first prototype for the flower girl bag itself resulted in something that we thought was on the right track but the opening was so small that we felt it would be difficult to put anything in it. You can see a white triangle at the top of the bag, between the blue and yellow square – that has now gone to make the opening a little larger.
For this version I’ve used a rather delightful pink Liberty print – I managed to pick this up at the Malvern show recently. The actual design is very simple and I’ve used 4.1/2″ squares for the full squares and 4.7/8″ squares cut along one diagonal for the triangles.
I’ve made one panel like the photo above, one panel the same but with a plain white square in the middle (for the back of the bag) and two panels completely white for the lining. Sew the squares together across the rows and then sew the rows to each other for all four panels.
Now with right sides together sew the two pink/white panels to each other along all the seams except the two that form the V at the top.
Sew the two white panels together apart from the V at the top and also one other seam, so that you have a gap to turn the bag right side out later.
Making the bag straps
For the straps I have used 1.1/2″ strips of the pink and the white fabrics. These are too narrow for me to do my usual, sewing the two strips together along the long edges and then turning them right side out, so I turned under a 1/4″ seam on each side of both strips and then placed them wrong sides together and sewed down each side to join them. I used one strip of each cut across the width of fabric and then cut it in half to give two bag straps.
Assembling the flower girl bag
After that it was just a case of putting it all together. Begin with the main bag section right side out and pin the straps to the top. Then push this inside the white bag lining – which is wrong side out so that the two bag sections are right sides together with the straps between them.
Sew around the top of the bag to join the main bag and the lining together. This basically means sewing the two V’s which form the top of the bag. Pull the lining away from the bag by pushing the bag through the open seam in the lining. Turn under a small seam across that open seam and sew in place to close the gap.
Finally push the lining back into the bag and top stitch around the top to hold the two layers in place. If the flower girl bag meets with approval then I can make it again – this time with the embroidery better centred than it is at the moment, and then another with the letter I. I have to say that I’ve really enjoyed making it.
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