This is such a fun project to make with your Cricut! The Simplicity sewing pattern is cut to size on the Cricut machine and ready to sew in minutes!
Sew a Denim Ruffled Purse
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.
My Cricut has been going non-stop lately. I have been cranking out the projects and pushing my little machine to it’s limits. Cricut and Simplicity Patterns have sponsored me for this campaign, and I am so excited to share this project with you! Cricut has a great partnership with Simplicity Sewing Patterns, there are many options available in Cricut Design Space for sewing patterns that you can use with your Cricut Maker. This Ruffled Purse project is easy to download and cut out in minutes. My fabrics for this project came from my large scrap bag of old jeans and a remnant of a cotton batik pillowcase. The legs were removed from the jeans, flattened and cut to fit on the Cricut mat. Here are my top tips for making your project a success!
This is the future of sewing! Simplicity and Cricut are hard at work to develop and release more sewing patterns in the near future. Having the patterns cut on the Cricut machine is so much more efficient, saving time, fabric, and energy! Can’t wait to see what else they will come up with in the future!
How to Use Recycled Denim (or other recycled material) in the Cricut:
1. Remove bulky seams as much as possible. For this project it was helpful to view each cutting layout in Design Space on the mat before it was cut. I was able to plan out where the denim seams would fall (and place them in between pattern pieces), and keep them out of the way of the cutting knife as much as possible. The Cricut Maker can cut through a lot of material, but cutting through the bulky denim seams is rather risky. I had to restart my machine once or twice when it got stuck on the seam. My machine was able to cut through the side seam of my jean leg, you can see it in the photo above at the center front and back of the purse. It looks very natural, like it was planned to be there!
2. Use a clean fabric mat. Denim shreds a lot of debris when cut. By using a clean mat, or even a new one each time the pieces were cut I was able to achieve crisp adhesion and get clean cuts with the fabric blade. Be sure the fabric is truly stuck to the mat, I used a Cricut rolling tool to be sure it was adhered as much as possible.
3. Place fabric right side down on the mat. As per cutting directions, the right side of the fabric should be face down.
4. Use a dark colored pen for marking. I realized too late that my blue fabric marking pen is too light in color to show up on the denim fabric. Use a dark colored fabric pen in the Cricut machine for marking when using denim.
Ready to start?? Here we go!
Supplies Needed (affiliate links are included for your convenience):
•One pair old denim jeans legs removed, about 5/8 yard total (can be several different pieces)
•Cotton batik printed fabric for ruffles and purse lining, about 5/8 of a yard
•Pellon Craft Fuse Interfacing, 1/2 yard
•Hook and loop tape (optional)
- Download and print the pdf sewing directions for the Simplicity Ruffle Purse Pattern from Design Space.
- Hand cut the denim pieces to fit on the mat. Keep in mind the direction of the grain as specified for each cut.
- Cut one 9 x 23″ piece of interfacing.
- Cut 10 x 16″ piece of contrasting print batik fabric for purse lining with grain running parallel to the 10″ side.
- Cut one 8 x 20″ piece of contrasting print batik fabric for purse ruffle with grain running parallel to the 20″ side.
- Cut one 12 x 20″ piece of denim with grain running parallel to the 20″ side.
- Cut one 4 x 20″ piece of denim with grain running to parallel to the 20″ side.
1. Apply fusible interfacing to wrong side of purse front and back pieces.
2. Sew long ends of ruffle with a 3/8″ narrow hem.
3. Gather ruffle with a 5.0 basting stitch, sewing along marked center line. Stitch to front of purse with 3.0 top stitch along center of ruffle.
4.Apply interfacing to denim purse handles. Stitch ends of handles together.
5. Sew purse front and back in place on handles, matching circles and notches. Clip curves, press.
6. Assemble lining, repeating step 5. Attach lining to purse with right sides together matching circles and notches, leaving opening at bottom for turning.
7. Turn right side out, top stitch bottom opening closed. Press seams. Tie ends of straps together.
8. Hand sew hook and loop tape on purse for closure if desired.
My little Ruffled purse will be a great addition to my collection of Cricut made projects, this denim hat is another Simplicity pattern that is available for the Cricut. Don’t forget to Pin these projects! You can read the full Woman’s Hat tutorial here: