This project was bound to come up eventually ^-^ This purse is a tribute to my all-time favorite Sanrio character, Bad Badtz Maru, a mischievous little penguin that always has a angry look on his face. His designs are usually covered with an XO motif, as in Japanese that actually means badtz maru, and is a way of saying wrong or right, like how we mark things with an X or a √ (check).
The fabric I used was a plaid that was leftover from a dress I made back in college. Unfortunately, the fabric was a little scratchy, so I looked forward to using up this fabric on something besides clothing. I love the contrast upper band as well as the straps that loop through the grommets. After finishing the bag I realize it might have worked much better as a color block kind of design, where each piece was a different solid color. Maybe I’ll try that next time! 😀
Materials & Tools:
• ½ yd. of medium to heavyweight fabric for main bag (denim or canvas would be great – I used a wool suiting)
• ¼ yd. of medium to heavyweight fabric for contrast sections: upper band (denim or canvas would be perfect – I used interfaced faux suede)
• ½ yd. of lightweight fabric for lining (I used quilting cotton)
• Matching sewing thread
• Four 1” grommets
• Basic sewing tools (sewing machine, scissors, iron, needles, pins, fabric marker, seam ripper)
• Either black fabric paint for painting the images or:
• 10” x 10” scrap of black appliqué fabric (cotton or felt) for Badtz Maru & XO
• 10” x 10” scrap of light or heavy duty fusible web
Before you begin:
1. Print out the project pattern here
2. Assemble the pattern pieces, see the page here for more help
3. Lay out the pattern pieces on your fabric and cut them out
4. Mark the fabric pieces with the markings from the pattern
1. The first step is to complete the appliqué. This is where you can either use the pattern as a freezer paper stencil and paint the image on, or apply your fusible web to your appliqué fabric and iron it on. Sew around the edges of the appliqué fabric any way you choose, either a zigzag or straight stitch. I used a zigzag stitch here. Repeat this with the right-hand back piece and the XO appliqué motif.
2. Next we’ll be sewing together the front half of the bag. Gather two of your main bag pieces (one with Badtz Maru & a blank one) and line up the raw edges and the notches. Sew these two together to create the front half of your bag. Repeat this with your remaining two bag pieces to create the back half.
3. Now we’ll be sewing the contrast band to the top of your bag. Line up the notched side of your top band (the bottom side) with the top side of your bag front. The notch should line up with the center seam of your bag front. Sew these edges together, being aware that there are a few curves, so you might way to clip the seam allowances if you need it. Repeat this with the back side of your bag and another top band piece.
4. Now your bag is really starting to take shape! Layer your front and back bag sections together with right sides facing, and sew along the side and bottom edges. Skip over the corners, as we’ll be sewing those next.
5. Fold the corners of your bag at an angle so the seams from the bottom and the side match up. The raw edges should match up nicely, and you can sew along these corners to create some depth for your bag. Now you’ll need to go back and repeat steps 2-5 with your lining pieces as well, being sure that you skip over that section in the bottom (marked by the pattern) where you leave it open for turning the bag right side out. When you’re complete, you should have a nearly complete little pouch in both your main bag fabric and lining fabric.
6. Next we’re attaching the lining to the main bag. Slip the lining into the main bag with right sides together, and line up the upper raw edges. Sew around this entire perimeter. Turn the bag right side out from the opening in the lining, and press the upper edge nice and firmly. Sew the opening in the lining closed with a hand sewn ladder stitch or machine edge stitch.
8. Next you’ll need to install the grommets in your bag. Follow the guidelines from the pattern to cut holes for the grommets in the front half of the bag and the back half. Then install the first two going through all the layers in the front, then repeat again with the back.
9. Now we’re onto making the straps for the bag 😀 With your strap pieces, fold under ⅜” on each long edge and iron the folds in place. Then fold the entire strap in half lengthwise, ironing it in place. Prepare to sew the folded edges together, but for these straps you’ll need to start sewing 2-2½” in from the start of the strap, and stop sewing 2-2 ½” in from the end. So when you finish you should have little open sections at each end of the strap. Repeat this with your other strap and you’ll have your two straps ready for looping through your grommets.
10. Loop your straps through the grommets in your bag. I chose to have one going through back and front on the right side, and another through the back and the front on the left side. It’s a little unorthodox but I thought it was worth experimenting with. To attach the ends, unfold the creases from the ends of your strap and sew the short ends together.
11. When you’ve finished sewing the short ends, fold open the seam allowance and fold under the edges from step 9 again. You’ll probably want to go back to the iron and repress the strap in this section to hold all the folds in place. Then take it back to the machine and edge stitch the unfinished section here, just as if you were continuing from step 9.
Now go put on your awesome new bag, because YOU’RE DONE!
I don’t think it’s too bad of a tribute to my favorite character 😀 Though I think the pattern still has a lot of potential, so I may revisit it in the future!
I hope you enjoy making this project, please feel free to let me know if you have any problems, questions, or comments about it!
And if you do try making the project, I’d love to see it! And I’ll send you exclusive free patterns as a reward!