Monday, February 13, 2012
Pattern Review: The Frou Frou Bag
The Frou Frou Bag was fun to make and just challenging enough that I learned something new without getting too frustrated to quit.
I actually learned two things: 1. how to make an adjustable strap; and 2. how to make ruffles. While learning how to make ruffles, I learned how to make binding. I have read about it, but not actually ever made it on the bias properly (not that bad, actually... a bit time consuming, but easy enough).
The directions were clear- although in one place, she said to repeat the steps for the large flap for the small flaps, and I put the snap on the wrong side of the flap (long instead of curved side) because I was doing it from memory instead of scrolling back up.
The tutorial is loaded with photos, too, which makes it easy to follow.
I stopped following as closely when we got to the interior because she only has two pockets on each side. So I added a zipper on the inside using this tutorial ~ I loathe a bag without an interior zipper pocket for my wallet. I also added a key fob inside.
She also has you leave a hole in the lining for turning and I didn't put it together this way. I don't like bags with exposed seams on the inside. I knew that closing that hole would make an exposed seam. Instead, I put the interior inside the exterior and pinned them and topstitched around the whole bag, letting the topstitching close the bag.
All in all, this is a good bag. It was fun to make, has an adjustable strap and plenty of pockets, and it is cute. Pin It