Friday, July 24, 2009

Frugal Friday - use a free tutorial pattern from a great blog

I spent about an hour this afternoon sewing up this handbag. The floral fabric was a remnant I had from an unknown source, the lining is leftover muslin from a quilt back and the pattern was a free tutorial from Artsy Crafty Babe
Inside the bag

this is the pattern I printed off about 2 years ago - sometimes I get to projects really fast and other times, it takes a while.
Artsy Craftsy Babe calls it a pleated tote, go here if you want to print your own pattern.
I think it is a great pattern, the instructions are clear and the pieces all fit together just right and would be easy enough for a beginner.

To read about lots more great ideas from other frugal moms, go to Life as Mom.


  1. So cute your tote, thank you for the tip! It's great when you can make a tote in less than an hour!!!Enjoy the weekend, hope the sun shines, xoxo~Kathy~ @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

  2. Rhonda, this purse is gorgeous - I love it!

  3. I love this weakness...bags, tote's...I love them all.....and love your cute blog.

  4. I like it!!!

    I'm ready to make myself a new bag. I've just got to figure out what fabric to use.

  5. Very cute! I love to make totes and bags like this one! You did a really good job!!

  6. Rhonda,

    I love the bag you made. It's just adorable.


  7. How cute is that? I've got to get out that sewing machine and start making things with all that fabric I have stored away!

  8. I love your fabric choice. That is so pretty. Ok, question...I am not a well versed sewer so do you think this would be a project a beginner could do or would I need to start smaller and work my way up to it?


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