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This week another rockin’ seamstress shares her spin on our bag pattern from The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook.

In Gussy’s words: I was so eager to sew this pattern because while my shop focuses on small & large tote bags, I’ve always dreamed of making purses. I simply haven’t pushed myself to add them to my shop… yet! I kept the styling of the BurdaStyle purse simple: I took away the tassel accent and changed the strap so it was much shorter in length, then widened it. I’m so happy with the end result — this purse is super roomy yet the elastic features (top of purse and 2 side pockets) help to keep it compact. New project are so fun!

Did you make any changes to the pattern? Yes. For the strap I cut a 25″ × 4.75″ piece from the self fabric (from Spoonflower) and pressed both long edges in about 1/4", then I folded the strap in half length-wise and pressed it once more. I also used 2 d-rings and added them to each strap loop {previously sewn onto the bag}, then I threaded the pressed strap through each d-ring and stitched over top of the strap so it was closed. Tip: make sure your strap is threaded through each d-ring evenly so it’s not twisted! Having a durable strap is important to me and I felt that by having 1 wider strap, instead of 2 skinny straps, would be more comfortable as well. The finished strap is 23″ × 1.5″

About Gussy Sews: Maggie Whitley is the owner & designer of Gussy Sews, a lifestyle blog and a ruffled accessories boutique. On her blog you’ll find tips on how she quit her day job 18 months ago to focus solely on her business, different prompts & projects that help build a handmade community, and shop updates on her designs. Maggie often goes by ‘Gussy’ and lives in Minneapolis with her husband Zack and puppy, Bauer.



Above is the original book bag pattern designed by BurdaStyle’s Creative Director Alison.

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