Today is the second day and second set of steps for putting together this little ruffled purse. You can see the supply list and prep instructions on this post.
1. Take your gathered fabric and pin the bottom most layer to the jean material. Make sure it stretches all the way across the jean panel or else it won't be sewn into the seam. Sew the ruffle in place (backstitching at the ends) and continue layering the ruffles, spacing them about a 1/2 inch apart.
2. On the very top ruffle, you will need to sew the gathered seam over, or you can do what I just decided to - sew some ribbon over the top of the seam.
3. Place the other jean square on top of the ruffled section so the right sides are facing. Make sure the edges of the ruffle are tucked into the seam, but you'll want to pin the bottom ruffle up so it is not in the seam and hangs free.
8. The final step is to sew together the bow. Unfortunately all the photos for this step turned out too blurry to be helpful. If you're the type that learns best from visuals (aren't we all to some extent?) there is a great tut here at Instructables and another one here at Craft Gossip for making fabric bows.
Take your 2.5 x 7 strip, sew in half the long way, turn right side out and sew together at the back. With the 2.25 x 3.5 strip, sew together, turn right side out and pin around the bow section. Hand sew to the purse.
9. Optional: Fill with candy treats and Voila! You have a little purse sweet enough to rival the sugary goodness of your special little lady.
Wish I had some more pretty photos to share, but my models have already went to bed! I'll try to get some taken in the next couple days and will post them here.
EDIT: We took some more pics yesterday of the girls drooling over the rock candy stand at the Iowa State Fair. It ended up being a very sticky mess.