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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Monster High Crossbody Bag

I don't know about your tween daughter, but mine seems to just LOVE Monster High, as well as all her friends and my nieces...
I had one such niece's birthday party yesterday.  Luckily I already had this idea in my head of a gift to make her.
I was out shopping the day before and I was looking at all the Monster High stuff and I just knew I could make something waaaay cuter than all the cheap junk the store had.
So I did, isn't it super-cute?

Basically I followed these 2 tutes, here and here.
It is a super quick little bag to make, and super perfect for a one of a kind gift.
I think the hardest part was making the skull and eyes patterns.
I google image searched "monster high skull" and drew it out myself.  I did the eyes a few times because I am a perfectionist and they just didn't look right to me the first time.  :)

The first thing I did was lay out the squares in a color scheme that I liked.  I went for an alternating pink/black pattern.
Then I laid out the skull shapes where I liked them.
I sewed the squares together and appliqued the face on.
For the eyes I just sewed around the circles.  I left the eyelashes loose.  For this bag I only made one side patchwork.  The back and the lining are solid pieces of fabric.  This allows for a faster turnaround time.
The strap and bag are lined with interfacing to give it structure, like in the ruffle bag tute.  The size of the bag is more like the little girl patchy bag.  The right side out outer bag goes into the inside out lining.  But before I put it in I pin on the straps and tuck them in too.

My niece loved it.  Next in the works is a green and black and white one like Frankie Stein, for another special girls birthday.
Thanks for reading!