Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Tutorial Time: The Little Dancer Ballet Bag + Fabric Giveaway!


Let's wrap up April with two fun things: A new tutorial AND a new fabric giveaway!!  Today's tutorial is for a sweet bag that's designed to get feet moving: the Little Dancer Ballet Bag.


The handy 16 inch wide by 9 inch high size provides plenty of room for dance slippers, tutus and anything else a ballerina could need.  


Full length zipper top closure means it's easy to get everything in and out of the bag:


The sides feature custom piped pocket sides with coordinated fabrics.  Perfect quick spots for tucking away small items:


I created this as a guest project tutorial for Timeless Treasures' blog to showcase their new Ballet Collection last week.   Now I'm sharing it here at Sew Can Do and giving you a chance to win a bundle of this graceful & gorgeous fabric:


Now, let's get to making the The Little Dancer Bag!

Materials:
- 1/2 yard Ballet Collage
- 1 yard Studio Basic Blush
- 1/2 yard Ballet Dot Grey
- 1/2 yard Ballet Dot Pink
- 1/2 yard Ballet Slippers
- 2 yards 1/2 inch wide piping 
- 1 yard Fusible fleece
- 16 inch zipper 
- Notions (zipper foot, pins, rotary cutter, iron, hand sewing needle, matching thread)

Seam allowance is 1/2 inch unless otherwise specified.

Cut the following pieces:
From Ballet 
(2) Main pieces 17 inches wide by 15 inches high

From Ballet Shoes
(2) Circles 9 1/2 inches in diameter

From Grey Dot
(2) Circles 9 1/2 inches in diameter
(1) Rectangle 11 inches wides by 3 inches high - for bow
(1) Strip 12 inches wide by 2 1/2 inches high - for bow ties
(1) Strap piece 34 inches wide by 4 1/2 inches high
(1) Bottom panel 19 inches wide by 6 inches high

From Pink Studio 
(2) Main pieces 17 inches wide by 15 inches high
(2) Circles 9 1/2 inches in diameter

From Fusible fleece
(4) Main pieces 17 inches wide by 14 1/2 inches high
(4) Circles 9 1/4 inches in diameter 
(1) Strap pieces 34 inches wide by 2 high
(1) Bottom panel 17 inches wide by 5 inches high


Iron fusible fleece onto wrong side of all pieces, centering the slightly smaller fusible so there is even spacing on the sides of the fabric.  With right sides facing, stitch together the bottom edges of the two main outer pieces with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Repeat with the lining pieces, but leave a 3 inch gap for turning.  Press seams open.  

For the decorative stripe, fold the fabric lengthwise and stitch along the edge with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Pull right side out and press so seam is in the center .


Take outer and pin the stripe 5 inches from one end, center seam facing down.  Edge stitch together:


Take bottom panel and press the long sides under 1/2 inch.  Center the bottom panel over the main bag's bottom seam, pin, then edge stitch in place.


For the outer pockets, take the grey circles and cut them to be half moons, about 5 1/2 inches high.  



Make bias tape from the Pink Dot and apply to top edge.  Baste to the Ballet Shoe circles around the curves only.



To make the custom piping, cut (2) 1 inch wide strips on the bias from the Pink Dot fabric.  Note: Cutting can be done at a 60 degree angle, instead of the usual 45 degree, to get the full length needed out of a 1/2 yard cut.  Trim the strips and two pieces of basic piping to be at least 28 inches long.  Wrap strip around piping and pin into place.  Stitch close to cording of the piping using a zipper foot.


With raw edges together, stitch piping to outer bag circles, again using a zipper foot, starting 1/2 inch from the starting end (this will be key for finishing):  Upon reaching the end, overlap the raw ends, slightly downward and stitch into place as shown:


Now the outer circle sides are pocketed & piped:


Time to attach the zipper.  With zipper facing downward, pin zipper tape along the top raw edge of one side of the main bag.  Stitch along close to zipper teeth, leaving 1/2 inch length unstitched at start & end.


Pin other side of zipper tape to the other top side of the main bag.  This will make a tube shape.  Keeping the body of the bag out of the way (so you are only sewing the seam allowance area), stitch zipper tape & fabric together, again, leaving 1/2 inch length unstitched at start & end.  Open zipper a few inches - this will be needed for turning later.


Now to make the shoulder strap.  Fold the strap piece in half lengthwise and stitch 1/4 inch from edge down one side.  Turn right side and press strap so that seam is in center.  Edge stitch along each side of the strap.  



Pin raw edges of strap, seam side facing up, to either end of the zipper section.  Baste into place.



With right sides facing, pin each side circle to the newly made cylinder.  Stitch on top of the stitching of the piping.  Clip around curves, careful not to clip into stitching.  


With the right side of the fabric facing down, pin one side of lining body to the seam allowance, along the zipper, of the already sewn main bag.  Stitch over existing stitching with zipper foot.  Pull remaining raw side of lining to other side of zipper seam and repeat. Now the lining will appear to be a tube connected at the zipper to the main bag.  Attach side circles as done previously.  It will now look like to bags connected at the zipper. Carefully pull the right sides out through the gap in the bottom of the lining.  


Slipstitch the gap closed by hand and push lining inside of the main bag.  



To make the decorative bow, cut the bow strip in half to get two 11 inch pieces.  Fold one in half width-wise and stitch along the short side with a 1/4 inch seam allowance, leaving a small gap in the middle for turning.



Press the seam open so that it is in the center of the loop just made.  Then stitch across the top and bottom edges with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Turn right side out.



Pinch bow in center and secure with a pin:



Take remaining strip and cut into three equal 4 inch pieces.  Fold each lengthwise and stitch along the length and one short sides.  Turn right side out and press.  Wrap one piece around the center of the bow.  Hand stitch tail pieces to stripe on bag and then bow on top.



Now the bag is ready for a little ballerina!


And now for a chance to win this lovely fabric prize pack!  Four full yards and three 1/2 yard cuts from the Ballet Collection:





56 comments:

  1. Love these fabrics! And that Ballerina Bag is so cute! I'm a bag maker so I'll be using the fabrics for bags or wallets. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  2. I really like to make this bag..Your tutorial looks pretty easy to follow...love this.... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  3. What a cute bag!! I've featured your tutorial on Craft Gossip: http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-little-dancer-ballet-bag/2016/04/27/ --Anne

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  4. I think I would make a bag for sure. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  5. I would make a wall hanging for my granddaughter's room.

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  6. they would make a beautiful little girl quilt

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  7. This is so cute! I can see changing out the fabric and using it as a going-to-gramma's bag!
    Squeeeeeeeeeee! So cute!

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  8. I love this fabric and can see a little lady getting made something special with it.

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  9. HI, I'D LIKE TO MAKE A LITTLE GIRL'S CHARITY QUILT! THANK YOU FOR SHARING!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  10. I would make this adorable bag for a very special 5 year old.

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  11. I would make this bag for my daughter :)

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  12. I would definitely make that bag for my granddaughter. she goes to dance class every Thrusday. Thank you for the generous giveaway!
    Dmac5958ataoldotcom

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  13. I have a sweet little niece who would love a bag like this. That is what I would make.

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  14. Have just found out I am pregnant with my first baby so I would make a baby quilt xxx
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

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  15. Love making bags! What a fun bag for a little dancer!

    debbygrawn at yahoo dot com

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  16. A quilt for a baby girl would be "sew" adorable!

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  17. My granddaughter is in dance, so I would actually make this bag, it's so cute! Cdahlgren at live dot com

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  18. My granddaughter is in dance, so I would actually make this bag, it's so cute! Cdahlgren at live dot com

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  19. I would definitely make the bag for my granddaughter who actually does tap and ballet right now! She would love it so much!

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  20. My oldest granddaughter was taking ballet lessons so I might possibly attempt this bag, or another one if I'm not too chicken to use this one with the circles. If there is enough fabric left, then I might make her a small quilted mat of some sort which she could use to sit on while putting her ballet shoes on too.

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  21. Probably something for my nieces like a wall quilt or little bags.

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  22. I would make a quillow with the fabric. Thank you for the detailed tutorial. The projects are lovely.

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  23. I would make a sweet Bag/Tote for my Grangirlie! Your Bag is Awesome..& might just use your Tutorial! Thank you for sharing! Know she would love it

    Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way! :D

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  24. Probably duffle bags for my two nieces. :)

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  25. I would make a quilt but Thank-you for such a great tutorial. You should enter it in Sew Mama's tutorial contest when they have it.

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  26. I have a niece who would love a small quilt made of these.

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  27. I would like to make the little ballet bag as a gift for a young girl who I am teaching to sew. She takes ballet lessons and loves sewing! I think she would be encouraged to continue learning both ballet and sewing!

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  28. I would make a sweet baby quilt for a friend who is expecting!

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  29. I would make your bag! Love it and my daughter would love it, even though she doesn't do ballet, she loves all bags, just like her mama, and this one is especially cute!

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  30. I would make a bag like yours.

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  31. I would make a bag or a quilted pillow
    flaura@gmail.com

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  32. I'd make a bag like yours - it's so cute!

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  33. That bag is really cute! I love the bow! I would make a coin purse, but those dots would be perfect for just about anything!

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  34. I'd make a tote bag for ballet (I'm not handy enough to make a zipper, but I can make a mean tote. :)

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  35. I'd love to make this bag for a special niece!!! churcaeatauburndotedu

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  36. A great giveaway opportunity! Beautiful fabric!

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  37. I've been looking for the perfect materials to go w/ a Beautiful tulle piece w/ tiny pink bows all over for a tutu & these would be the MOST Perfect match for the piece I already have!! I would make a bag or skirts or tops or.............thinking here! WOW, Thank You & Timeless Treasures for this AWESOME giveaway!!

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  38. That is so cute! I pinned the tutorial to make for my budding ballerina. Thanks!

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  39. I would make these little purses for my great grand daughters

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  40. I'm obsessed with this giveaway, I'm always searching for cute ballet fabrics to make things for my daughter and nieces. I would for sure make a dance bag for my little girl and I would love to make a ruffle diaper cover and matching bow for my niece who is going to be born in a couple months! Thanks for such a cute giveaway!

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  41. I would love to make one of these bags for a couple of young ladies that I know. Beautiful tutorial.

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  42. I have several friends having baby girls this summer, so something for them.

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  43. I would make a quilt for my niece.

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  44. I have a wonderful granddaughter who would love the bag made, shoes , and a nice lap quilt. Thanks for the chance to win !

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  45. I would make a sweet quilt!
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  46. I love this pattern! I would definitely make one for my 5 year old and her cousins.

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  47. Your ballet bag is just adorable, Cheryl. I've featured it here... http://www.threadingmyway.com/2016/05/showcasing-little-dancer-ballet-bag.html

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    1. Thanks so much Pam! I'll be sharing your feature on my social media - the bag love is very appreciated:)

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  48. Omg! I would love to make my great neice Isabelle a bag for her ballet things! What a adorable give away! Thank you!

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  49. If I won, I might make a bag for our granddaughter.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  50. Ca-Ute! Id make a bag like yours :-) Thanks for the chance!

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  51. I would love to make the bag, it's beautiful (thanks for the pattern), the left over I would make a small throw to match the bag. My Granddaughter loves ballet and this would be great to carry her little shoes and ribbons in. She can use the throw to sit on or drape over her on the way home.

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