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Thank you, Tabitha, for letting me join you today:) I'm Christine from Memories by Christine scrapbooking. I adore paper crafting, scrapbooking, digital scrapbooking...basically anything where I can archive my memories, and I love teaching others how to as well! Please visit MBC if you need a layout idea or tutorial.
Today, I'm sharing a "non-tutorial" for a sweet little dance bag I made for my daughter's tap shoes. I am a beginner seamstress (*I don't even think the word "seamstress" applies to me!:), and I made this without a pattern- but it turned out super cute, and most importantly, my 4-year-old loves it, and thinks I'm the coolest mom because of it;)
She picked out her own fabric at the craft store. We used a satin-y brown for the outside, and a pink heart patterned scrap for the inside lining. Exact measurements are non-existent; I placed her tap shoes on top of the fabric, folded the fabric over to ensure the shoes would fit, and cut a square. :)
I sewed the whole purse inside-out so the seams would be invisible. I folded about half an inch of the brown satin over the inner lining, and straight-pinned to hold in place. I sewed a straight line through the top and bottom of the square to connect the fabrics.
Still working inside-out, I placed the bag lining side down, and sat the tap shoes on top for measuring. I folded the fabric over the shoes, and added some wiggle room.
I pinned each side, and sewed a line up either side to make the bag.
After turning the bag "right-side out" (so the satiny brown is on the outside, and you can't see the seams from the sewing on the lining), I added ribbon for handles, and reinforced using two stitches across.
We added some pretty iron-on decals, and voila!
I hope you enjoyed this easy, very minimal sewing "non-tutorial". For all of your paper craft and scrapbooking needs, come visit me at MBC. :)