My oldest daughter received a fancy purse invitation to a five year old’s birthday and dress-up girls only party at a local craft store. Purse, dress up, and craft store. Put them together and what do you get? A perfect gift idea. I decided to get crafty and make a DIY purse and fill it with dress up items such as lip gloss, nail polish, boa, beads, brush and mirror!
- The first step was to head down to the basement and find some fabric. I found an old baby jumper that I thought would be perfect for the task.
- Next, I cut a straight line across the bottom and the top of the jumper to remove the ruffled legs/snaps and straps (which I would sew along the top of the purse) from the main body of the jumper (which would also become the main body of the purse).
- I cut the leg ruffles right along the middle of the three snaps on both sides. Then I placed the two outside snaps on top of each other and sewed them together so it would look like one single snap. I repeated this step for the second side of snaps.
- I folded the main purse body in half along the top to find the center and placed a pin at the mid point on both the front and back so that I could secure the snaps to the mid-point and begin sewing.
- I laid the two right-sides together and sewed along the elastic edge in order to connect the elastic ruffled leg/snap piece to the top rim of the purse.
- Next, I folded my purse inside out and used a crayon to draw curved sides along the bottom in order to sew the purse into the size and shape I wanted.
- I used the ruffled shoulder straps of the jumper to make two handles for the purse. I sewed one strap in two places along the front and the other strap in the same two places along the back.
- I turned the purse inside out and cut off all the excess material by cutting along the seams inside the bottom and along the top around the elastic ruffle of the purse.
Last but not least, my daughter and I filled the purse with beauty (dress up) supplies and put it in a gift bag, but we weren’t finished yet. We still needed to make our card. Fortunately, I thought this would be another opportunity to be crafty and found an old kitty cat baby sleeper in the basement that I could put to good use. I cut out the kitten embroidery, my daughter glued it to the inside of a folded piece of card stock, and together wrote the following:
You’re prrrr-fect just the way you are.
…but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some prrrr-etty new jewelry, lip stick, and polish!
Hope you have a wonderful birthday!