|A tie goes through a major makeover to become a purse!|
Today I unveil my own MyTie Makeover Mini Bag PDF Pattern and Tutorial. The name reflects the fact that it's a tie that's gone through a makeover to become a little purse (and I just liked the play on words of the "MyTie"/"mai tai" bit). You've seen the results of my tester bags last week, now it's time to make your own! Who knows, you might have just enough time to churn out a few of these to add to your table at the local holiday market or to give away as gifts.
This is a 59-page PDF with over 100 photos, providing clear instructions to guide you in making your very own unique — not to mention super cute — little purse that will do the job from formal evenings to girls night out. (And yes, it is because of the number of large photos — so that you can see detail — that the pattern is so long; do not be alarmed by the thought of 59 pages!)
|Some sample pages from the MyTie Makeover Mini Bag PDF Pattern & Tutorial...|
In case you hadn't heard, the pattern provides the templates for three different body styles for this little purse: the "free version" that you see above, plus two others, one of which is shown here.
|One of the other body styles offered via the MyTie Makeover Mini Bag pattern...|
So it's not just a dressed up, detailed version of the free tutorial that I've posted on my blog. You will actually be able to make three different MyTie bags with this pattern! It's truly a three for one deal. Not only that, I also include 8 pages of bonus instructions for how to change up the look of your bags from what's been shown here.
How Big is This Bag?
Oh, and while they may seem small, look at what they can hold (this being the "medium size" of the three designs)...
Who is this Project For?
This is an intermediate to experienced beginner level project. If you've been successful at completing simple sewing projects in the past (like lined pouches or wristlets), you should have no issues with this. (And in fact, the three different variations are aimed at three different skill levels, with the most difficult one being the one that's been featured on my blog as a free tutorial.)
|The MyTie Makeover Mini Bag is a small purse|
that can hold a lot! (In this case, a bifold wallet, a smart phone,
an eReader and a set of keys with extra "stuff".)
How Long Will this Project Take?
The sewing part of the project can be completed in an evening (i.e., once you have all of your supplies at the ready)... the whole project is definitely doable in a day. And it goes without saying that your second, third and fourth bags will go much more quickly!
|Back view of the MyTie Makeover Mini Bag...|
What do I Need to Make this Project?
First of all: a tie! (And some interfacing for it.) It can be a vintage tie that used to be worn by someone close to you, or — like me — you can go prowling on eBay for some amazingly beautiful and cheap ties. (Problem with the latter plan is that it may or may not get to you... and if it does get to you, it might take a few weeks. Or two months, as was the case with the lovely orange tie that you see here.) Definitely try your local thrift stores or just ask the men in your life. ;-)
|Top view of the MyTie Makeover Mini Bag...|
For the inside of the bag, you'll need some coordinating fabric. Quilting cotton scraps (or satins, if you're a capable sewer) will suffice; this is a great project for using up small pieces from your stash. Or, one fat quarter will accommodate the lining and pockets if you want to go that route. (If your tie was worn by someone you know, perhaps a shirt worn by that same person could provide fabric for the lining.) As you can see from the photos, the purse strap can be anything from a length of decorative cord to a chain that requires additional hardware to whatever your imagination serves up (check what my pattern testers did).
A complete list of what you'll need to make this bag is provided at my Craftsy Shop.