My girls love their new ballet bags, and they’re perfect for taking to their dance class. They’ve even used them other times, like small trips in the car, the library, or any other time they need to carry “their stuff”.
This is one of the first projects I ever made with my Silhouette, and it was a great first project. If you don’t have a Silhouette, you can certainly use an iron on transfer design you like and fabric/heat ‘n bond.
ITEMS YOU NEED:
- canvas bag, or other fabric bag
- fabric, in two coordinating colors
- thread, notions
- Silhouette & heat transfer
- fabric, and heat ‘n bond, and iron on transfer
First of all I want to say that you don’t have to have a Silhouette to make these bags. I would just look for an iron-on transfer of whatever you’re looking for. I’ve seen them at JoAnn Fabrics, and other sewing/hobby stores. You would use fabric and heat ‘n bond to create the name, following the package directions. The rest of it–the ruffle–is the same.
1. I found the ballet stick figure in the online Silhouette store, and the font I used for the names is Impervious. I cut it out, and ironed it on the bag.
2. Since the bag was already made, I couldn’t sew a ruffle directly onto it (at least that I knew how to do!). So, I took a piece of the black & white gingham fabric, and measured it to fit my bag. I then cut out about a 1 1/2 inch wide piece of the pink, the entire length of the fabric–about 36 inches.
3. I sewed the pink on to the gingham to make a ruffle, like I did HERE. I used one entire strip, and had to use a little of another one.
4. To attach the whole thing to the bag, I used wonder under, even though I wish I would have used heat ‘n bond. They do the same thing–wonder under you buy by the yard at the cutting desk, and heat ‘n bond you buy in packages or rolls. I find heat ‘n bond easier to use, but I think it’s a personal preference.
I LOVE them. They will be perfect for ballet shoes, leos, tutus, skirts, and maybe even a little snack. Can’t wait for ballet next week!
You could make these bags for a myriad of things–library books, groceries, teacher gifts (stuffed with school supplies), overnight or car trip bags…anything you like!