Celebrate Valentine’s Day with this youthful-looking shoulder
bag made from a single big bandanna. Polyester batting firms its sides,
and twisted satin cording forms the simple strap.
To make one bag, buy a 22-inch-square bandanna (at a variety
store), a 12-by 24-inch piece of 1/2-inch-thick batting, 1-1/8 yards of
cording (or a length appropriate for the height of the bag’s
recipent), and a large snap fastener (optional). Cost should be less
Fold the bandanna in four to form a square; trace the square’s
outline on a piece of paper. Cut out the paper square, fold it in half
diagonally, and outline a half-heart on its as shown above. Cut out the
shape, cutting through both paper layers. Unfold and flatten the heart.
Lay the bandanna flat; pin the pattern to each of its corners in
turn, matching the placement of the bandanna’s design. Cut out
four fabric hearts and two corresponding hearts from batting.
Pin two fabric hearts, right sides together, to one batting heart;
baste. Machine-stitch these three layers, allowing a 1/2-inch seam and
leaving a 2-1/2-inch opening along one straight edge. Trim batting,
then turn fabric right side out; hand-stitch the opening. Repeat with
the remaining hearts.
Pin the two stuffed hearts together and pin the cording between
them, positioned just outside their top curves; baste. Then
machine-stitch a 1/4-inch seam around the heart the long way between the
two cording ends. Stitch the heart point to reinforce ti and stitch
over the cording several times to secure it. If desired, sew on a snap
fastener at the top center of the heart.