Need a super cute, super girly dual duty bag for your princess to collect eggs in this Easter? Well this year I did. Noah has always had a store bought basket that I monogrammed a liner for, but this year the littlest princess in our house needed something smaller and more special than I could find in the stores. I stumbled across this free pattern on my most favorite pattern site, YouCanMakeThis.com. It's called the Mini Ruffle Purse, but like the instructions say, it has so many more uses than just as a petite handbag! I made Claire's specifically in Easter colors for an upcoming egg hunt on the beach.
The pattern is simple to follow, however I did change the seam allowance on the body to 1/4" instead of the suggested 1/2". This made it easier to piece the bottom on, but I did have to ease the pieces quite a bit. Since the body of the bag is lined in fleece the puckers in my bottom seam line aren't as noticeable. I also cut about 3/4" off the width of the ruffles since I chose to do a rolled hem on my serger instead of the traditional hem the instructions outlined.
I love how ultra girly the ruffles make this simple little bag. I added a monogrammed bow with a sweet bunny button on one side that has a pin back for easy removal. I think this could easily double as a sweet tote for any occasion.
If you're looking for something a little more plain but still special try this pattern. Happy Sewing!