I love making bags. I think many of us who like to sew have probably made a tote shopping bag or two in our time, but this triangular ruffle bag is on ANOTHER LEVEL!
There is something very relaxing about taking on a project that is not challenging, easy to sew and a quick make. Throw in that it is a good way to use up your leftovers and you have a winner.
This is the Triangular Frill Tote from Tytka Studio. It is a modern triangular shaped tote bag, which can be worn with the sides folded inside to showcase the triangular shape, or with the sides extended flat to give it a regular rectangular look. It comes with two size options and costs $7.
I only heard of this pattern company recently as I was scrolling through Instagram, and this bag caught my eye. I instantly fell in love with the unusual shape and, well, you know me and a frill/ruffle…. *adds to basket…
I made the green version first. This is the largest size. The bag part measures approx 33cm high and 35cm at it’s extended width.
I used some leftover viscose linen from Minerva, from which I had made a Zadie jumpsuit earlier in the year. It was a perfect way to use up the fabric that I had left over. The pattern does not give instructions on lining the bag, but a lined bag looks much more professional so I decided to do this anyway using another scrap of leftover cotton. This mustard floral fabric was purchased from Hobbycraft, and I had used it as a bag lining before! You might remember me using it recently to use to line my crochet floral cross body bag.
To make the lining, I simply cut out the outer shell pieces in the lining fabric, sewed them together in the same way as the outer shell (but without the frill of course), and treated them as one piece thereafter.
I also added this cute ‘I made this’ garment label from Little Rosy Cheeks.
You might notice that I also added a hook and eye to the inside sides of the bag. Again this is not part of the pattern but I thought I might want some kind of fastening to fix it closed if I wanted to maintain that triangular style without it falling out of shape.
I also decided to top stitch the frill to the main bag in order for the frills to lay in place nicely, even though this is not a step in the instructions. There is actually no need to do this, it naturally stays in place (as I’ve found when making the smaller version), although it still looks nice so that’s just worth a mention.
The handles are quite short, intending it to be a bag that is carried by hand I think rather that a shoulder bag, however it does fit over my shoulder with the top of the bag fitting right under my armpits. Lengthening the straps is an option of course if you want a shoulder bag that doesn’t sit so snugly under your arms.
If you thought the large bag was cute, check out the smaller version. Obsessed.
This li’l cutie measures approx 24cm high and 26cm at it’s widest point. It’s adorable. For this version I treated myself to a metre of this corduroy from Pound Fabrics. I didn’t think £5.50 was too bad for a metre of this, and I think I’ll easily be able to get another small version out of it, if not two, so that’s a bargain.
Again I lined it using some leftover pastel mint cotton that I had in my stash.
The match is perfect and I used my own sewing label to adorn it this time. Like the green version I wanted some sort of fastening to keep it’s triangular shape and this time used a good old press stud.
The instructions are really easy to follow, and there are photographs to help you step by step. They really are a quick make and it’s almost impossible to stop at one!
Are you a bit of a handmade bag lover too? Hope you like these as much as me.
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