Charleston by REVIVE Blog Tour

Fabulous Art Deco fabrics = stand-out fashion and accessories.

Wow. It’s always so rewarding to work with fabrics that inspire so many ideas, and the new Charleston collection from the Revive division of Timeless Treasures does just that. We’re so excited to participate in the blog tour – we love getting our hands on beautiful fabrics! When we spread the Charleston fabric out in our work room it immediately conjured images of exuberant style … the dresses, the hats, the bags! We were sold – a bag it would be.

Continue reading to see our Art Deco style evening bag sewing tutorial using Charleston fabric and a few clever Dritz® sewing supplies, such as bias tape makers and boning. There are also two great fabric giveaways, so keep reading and find out how to participate.

Charleston Fabric by REVIVE blog tour

Below you’ll find an overview of how to make the bag. Also check out the details for the two fantastic fabric giveaways and the list of other blog tour participants at the end of this post.

Download the sewing pattern, supply list and additional instructions.


Charleston Revive Fabric Blog Tour: Make an Art Deco Purse

Here’s our little evening bag! It just seemed so perfect given the excitement of the age – parties, jazz and extravagance galore. We used the blue Glitz fabric for the exterior of our bag, and the blue Swinging 20s for the bag’s interior and surface detail. The repeated fanned-out lines of this little bag reflect the gem-shaped lines of the Chrysler building and the opulence of the era. The button provides a splash of gold, which seems so appropriate. Party anyone?


Charleston by Revive Blog Tour

How to make the bag:

Print the bag pattern two times at 100% and join at the bottom edge as indicated. Cut one piece of outside fabric and one piece of lining fabric. Transfer button and pattern boning marks as well as dot marks to the right side of the outside fabric. Cut pattern down to the blue shaded area. Use new pattern to cut the interfacing.


Charleston by Revive Blog Tour:

Pin interfacing centered on wrong side of lining fabric. Randomly stitch across it, including along interfacing edges. Pin lining right sides together to outside fabric. Stitch top edges and sides, stopping at side dots. Trim seam allowance to 1/4″. Clip corners diagonally and snip to stitch line at inverted corners. Careful! Don’t clip stitching.


Charleston by Revive Blog Tour

Turn right side out. Press. Cut four pieces of Dritz® Flexicurve™ polyester boning 5-1/2″ long with ends cut at an angle to match bag edges.

TIP: Wondering what boning is? It’s a lightweight polyester mesh material that provides flexible shape and support for sewing projects such as gowns, strapless dresses, corsets and more.


Charleston by Revive Blog Tour

Follow the instructions on the Dritz® 1″ bias tape maker to make 72″ of 1″ binding. Wrap each piece of boning as shown, stretching fabric slightly for a snug fit. Pin boning to transferred lines. Be sure they line up at bottom edge. Stitch all around, close to edges.

TIP: Never used a bias tape maker? Check out our bias tape maker tutorial for more information, tips and techniques.


Charleston by Revive Blog Tour

Cut two 22″ pieces of boning, cutting ends diagonally to line up with bottom of bag. Wrap each piece with fabric as above. Pin covered boning to handle lines. Stitch all around, continuing stitching along each extended handle.


Charleston by Revive Blog Tour

Fold bag to outside faces together. Pin unstitched sides. Stitch. Trim to 1/4″. Use 1/2″ bias tape maker to make binding long enough to wrap each seam. Stitch; fold over seam and stitch again to finish.


Charleston by Revive Blog Tour

Make 18″ of 1/2″ bias binding with 1/2″ bias tape maker. Fold in half lengthwise and topstitch. Cut 8″ of folded binding. Fold again, lining up short ends to make a loop. Stitch across binding 1-1/2″ from end of loop. Center loop over back top edge of bag at button mark. Turn ends under and stitch.


Charleston Revive Blog Tour - make an art deco bag

Stitch button to front of bag on button mark. Cut remaining 1/2″ bias binding into two 4-1/2″ long pieces. Knot the center of each. Position one at each side of the front of the bag so knot is 1/2″ in from side edge. Stitch. Fold ends under, and stitch to back of bag. Slide the center top loop over the button and you’re done! Pair this with a little deco dress and you’re ready for the party!


Timeless Treasures Charleston REVIVE Art Deco period fabric

The fabric giveaways:

To enter the grand prize giveaway of a fat quarter bundle containing the entire Charleston collection (that’s 28 FQs!!), go to the kickoff post over at Sew Timeless and enter the Rafflecopter giveway. There will be three winners drawn on July 27th.

The 1 yard winner, who left a comment below on this post, is debbyg! Thanks to all who commented!

Are your creative wheels spinning? Do you wish you had some Charleston in-hand right now? Check out the other bloggers on the blog tour this week for more ideas and inspiration.

Happy making!

 

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