Mantel Styling Tips

We challenged bloggers to style a mantel in 30 seconds. See what they did and get their smart tips for decorating a mantel.

View Video

Our Innovation Home

Have you ever wanted to unlock your door with a fingerprint? Control the indoor and outdoor lights with your phone? You can do those things and more with a smart home. We show you how to get a home with connected technology and remote-operated devices that are designed to improve and simplify your life. We sift through the many options, including smart appliances, new apps, and smartphone and tablet innovation, and only bring you those that can make your life better. We give you tips and tricks for navigating the new home technologies and help you with buying decisions.

See More

Dream Decorating Decade

From Better Homes and Gardens, ideas and improvement projects for your home and garden plus recipes and entertaining ideas.

See More

Fab Fall Finds

Get your home ready for fall with these cozy decorative accents!

See More

No-Sew Pillows

No need for a needle and thread with these easy no-sew pillow projects. Use transfer paper, buttons, and beyond to create easy statement pillows without the hassle of sewing.

See More

Room Arranging Made Easy

From Better Homes and Gardens, ideas and improvement projects for your home and garden plus recipes and entertaining ideas.

See More
Popular in Decorating

A Clever Bag with a Removable Pouch

This purse makes changing bags a breeze.

What You'll Need

  • 1/2 yard green print (bag)
  • 6-x-24-inch piece stable synthetic leather (bag sides, strap)
  • 1/3 yard light green print (lining)
  • 1/3 yard fusible interfacing
  • 1/3 yard clear, heavyweight vinyl (liner)
  • 2 brad rings
  • Magnetic snap closure
  • Polyester thread

Finished Bag

  • 7 1/2 x 11 x 4 1/4 inches
  • Quantities are for 44/45-inch-wide, 100% cotton fabrics.
  • Measurements include 1/4-inch seam allowances.
  • Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

Cut Your Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order.

From green print, cut:
  2  10-1/2-x-13-1/2-inch rectangles
  2  2-inch-diameter circles

From synthetic leather, cut:
  1  2-1/2-x-24-inch strip (or desired length for strap)
  2  1-1/2-x-20-1/2-inch strips

From light green print, cut:
  2  10-1/2-x-15-1/2-inch lining rectangles

From fusible interfacing, cut:
  2  10-1/2-x-15-1/2-inch rectangles

From clean, heavyweight vinyl, cut:   2  10-x-16-inch rectangles

Sew Bag

  1. Sew together long edges of green print rectangles to make 13-1/2-x-20-1/2-inch bag rectangle. Press seam open.
  2. Join synthetic leather 1-1/2-x-20-1/2-inch strips to opposite edges of bag rectangle. Finger-press each seam toward fabric center; topstitch 1/8 inch from seam (Diagram 1).

Fold bag rectangle in half on seam line; sew together side edges (Diagram 2). Finger-press seams open.

Finish Bag

  1. To shape flat bottom for bag, at one corner match bottom seam line to side seam line, creating a flattened triangle (Diagram 3). Measuring 2 1/8 inches from point of triangle, draw a 4-1/4-inch-long line across triangle. Sew on drawn line. Trim excess fabric. Repeat with remaining bottom corner to make bag body. Turn bag body right side out and finger-press.
  2. Following manufacturer's instructions, fuse 10-1/2-x-15-1/2-inch interfacing rectangle to wrong side of each light green print 10-1/2-x-15-1/2-inch lining rectangle. The interfacing gives the fabric more body and helps the bag retain its shape.
  3. Repeat Sew Bag, Step 1, with lining rectangles, leaving a 4-inch opening in seam, to make a 15-1/2-x-20-1/2-inch pieced lining rectangle. Press seam open.
  4. Repeat Sew Bag, Step 3, with pieced lining rectangle.
  5. Repeat Finish Bag, Step 1, to shape bottom corners of lining. Do not turn lining right side out.
  6. Insert bag body into lining, right sides together. Sew together around top edge.
  7. Turn bag body and lining to right side through opening in lining bottom seam. Topstitch opening closed. Push lining down into bag body and press upper edge of bag from lining side, taking care to avoid synthetic leather. Topstitch 3/16 inch from upper edge through all layers.

Secure Brad Ring

Center brad ring on bag synthetic leather strip, 3/8 inch from bag top edge (Diagram 4). Trace inner hole of ring on synthetic leather strip. Cut away marked hole, cutting through synthetic leather and lining at same time (use a seam ripper to make a small cut through all layers to start hole). Following manufacturer's directions, secure a brad ring to side edge of bag. Repeat to secure ring to opposite side edge.

Sew Strap

Fold one long edge of synthetic leather 2-1/2-x-24-inch strip under 1 inch (Diagram 5). Finger-press under 1/2 inch along remaining long edge. Topstitch 1/4 inch from folded edges to make bag strap.

Finish Strap

Insert one end of strap through brad ring and fold back 1 inch to underside of strap. Sew through all layers to secure strap (Diagram 6). Repeat with remaining strap end and brad ring.

Add Magnetic Closure

Turn under edge of green print 2-inch-diameter circle; baste. Blanket-stitch fabric circle to center top of light green print lining, 1/4 inch from edge, leaving a 1-inch opening at top. Insert one half of magnetic snap closure into fabric circle pocket; blanket-stitch circle closed. Repeat with remaining green print circle and other half of closure on opposite side of lining.

Assemble Removable Pouch

  1. Sew together the clear vinyl 10-x-16-inch rectangles, along a pair of long edges to make a 10-x-12-inch rectangle.
  2. Fold rectangle in half on seam line; sew together side edges.
  3. Repeat Finish Bag, Step 1, to shape bottom corners of pouch. Do not turn pouch right side out.
  4. Referring to Diagram 7, trim top edges of pouch in a slight V-shape. Insert pouch into bag.

Loading... Please wait...