Tutorial: Make a Snazzy Purse in 3 Simple Steps Using Ribbon and Bias Tape

Ribbon Katy BagsLazies, Here is a snazzy surface treatment for your next purse using ribbon and bias tape. It’s a technique developed by my friend Cecile of Just Another Button Company. I issued a challenge to Cecile and this technique along with the click-n-print free idea sheet showing her bag at the end of this post were the result.

Let’s get started. Our sample uses the Katy Bags pattern from Lazy Girl Designs. You can use this surface treatment for any design.

Gather your supplies. Get a whole bunch of stuff that goes with your feature fabric. Here, we’ve gathered coordinating fabric strips, grossgrain ribbon and fusible bias tape.

Ribbon Katy Bags supplies

Step 1: Follow the simple instructions in the information sheet to place and stitch the fabric strips to the cover fabric.

Ribbon Katy Bags step one

Step 2: Add ribbon and bias tape. Randomly place ribbon on top of the fabric strips, covering seams or centered. Just a few will do. Don’t forget the fusible gold bias tape we show here. We added a bit of that to increase the amount of gold in this project. Stitch all the ribbon and fuse and stitch the bias tape in place.

Ribbon Katy Bags step two

Step 3: Trim the extra length of ribbon and fabric from the edges. Then finish the project as per the instructions in the pattern.

Ribbon Katy Bags step two 22

Thanks Cecile for this fun and easy surface treatment. I love this technique!

Click here for a printable version of this free tutorial.



Handles and fusible gold bias tape from Clover Needlcraft. The beautiful fabrics are from Lonni Rossi.
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[tags]free project, embellishment, sewing pattern, quilt project, small handbag[/tags]