There are quite a few bag tutorials on the internet these days, but I have to say that the Buttercup Bag from Made by Rae is one of the best (and cutest!) I’ve ever come across. I saw photos and references to this tutorial on several blogs, and just couldn’t resist it. Rae provides a beautifully done pattern and instructions for download, and this bag is not only easy, but requires very little fabric as well. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, then you know that I usually change things up a bit when I use other crafters’ patterns. My only changes here were strap length and construction, the use of a button loop on one bag instead of a magnetic snap, and the addition of heavyweight interfacing on my bag linings.
On both bags, I made the straps with a 5″-wide strip of fabric folded in half lengthwise, then in half again (with raw edges on the inside), and topstitched both edges. I attached the ends of the straps between the lining and the outside, instead of sewing them to the outside of the bag. One bag has a shoulder strap, and the other strap is shorter. I will probably omit the strap on the next one I make.
If you carry a lot of stuff in your bag, this one probably won’t work for you, but it’s so much fun to make, you might want to make a few for gifts.