ruffled canvas bag

Yes, it’s another bag. They are so much fun to make that I don’t know if I’ll ever stop. For this canvas bag, I just added a ruffle using fabric from a thrifted shirt that didn’t fit the way I thought it would. Since I still loved the fabric, I knew I could think of a good use for the unwearable shirt. See the two panels at the bottom of the shirt? Chop. That’s what I used. I just cut that strip right off the bottom of the shirt, so it was a complete circle with no ends. The bag is one I bought at Hobby Lobby. If you go, it’s a good idea to check back until they are 50% off, because it seems like it happens pretty often.

hanging shirt and bag

What made the ruffle really easy is that it was already hemmed. I just ran a stitch along the unhemmed side of the fabric and gathered it into a ruffle.

gathered ruffle

Then I laid the ruffle on the bag inside out, with the hem pointed up, like in the photo.

inside out ruffle

I made sure the ruffle was gathered enough to fit around the bag, then sewed it onto the top of the canvas bag. Once it was sewed on, I grabbed the bag by the handles and shook the ruffle down.

flipped down ruffle

For a finishing touch, I added a topstitch to the ruffle. See the photo below.

add topstitch

That’s it! I added the gift and some matching tissue paper. This bag can be used again and again long after the gift has been opened.

ruffled gift bag blue tissue


ruffled canvas bag

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5 Responses to Ruffled Canvas Bag

  1. I love this bag! So sweet to give a gift in a keeper – I’m going to start doing this. Thanks for the inspiration! I’d love it if you’d link up to my Show & Tell party, going on now @ the Delectable Home.

  2. tammy says:

    I love bags. I make ruffled ones that I sell at my shows and they are always a big hit. I mean who doesn’t like going shopping to the grocery store, or to the farmers market or the library with a stylish bag on your shoulder?
    I also add pin flowers that can change out too.
    Love that you found a shirt to use- very resourceful and saved a ton of girl.

  3. Too Cute!! I love it! Thanks so much for linking up!!

    XO, Aimee

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