The Ruffled Wasp Bag – Cutting the Fabrics

Here are the changes that I made to the cut fabrics for my version of the wasp bag. If you need a refresher on the changes I’m making, read this post!

I didn’t make any changes to the pattern for the bottom of the bag, but I did iron my interfacing onto a thin quilted lining to give the bag a stronger base. Make sure the lining is pretty thin or it might be hard for you to sew the bag together!

For the tops, I didn’t make any changes to the pattern, but again I cut out piece of quilted lining and interfacing and ironed them together.

For the ruffle, I cut two 4.5” x 28” pieces of corduroy. At this size, it will fully cover the top band of the bag. If you don’t want your ruffle to fray, choose a fabric that resists fraying. I applied Fray Check along all 4 sides of my pieces just to be safe. I’ll show you how to make the ruffle in another post.

I opted for plain handles without the raindrop shape that are going to be attached to the inside of the bag, rather than sewing one side of each handle on the outside. I cut 4 pieces of 3” x 24” corduroy (one for the outer fabric and one for the inner lining of each handle) along with 2 pieces of quilted lining and interfacing of the same size to give the handles some structure. I ironed the interfacing to the quilted lining just like I did for the main bag fabrics.

I mentioned that I want to add a zipper pocket and another pocket to the inside of the bag for a phone, etc, so here are the dimensions I used for those pieces.

For the zipper pocket, I cut two 7” x 6” pieces each of the pocket lining and interfacing. I ironed the interfacing to the back for the pocket lining for strength and to prevent the flower print from showing through my purse lining. I had a 7” zipper on hand that I plan to shorten to 6”, so you can buy a 6” zipper instead to save yourself a step.

For the inner pocket I cut two 8” x 6” pieces of my floral fabric and two pieces of interfacing and ironed the two together. This pocket will show when you open your purse. (The pocket pieces in the pictures are bigger than they should be, I trimmed them down to 8” x 6” later so the pocket would fit well in the bag.)

So there you have it! If you’re planning to make a ruffled wasp bag, these are all the fabric modifications you need. If you have any questions I’ll be sure to answer them in the comments. Now, get cutting if you haven’t already!


  1. You're amazing. I'm inspired to sew all day now :)

  2. Anonymous19.1.10

    I can't wait to see the finished product!

  3. Where do you get the quilted lining? I usually use a fusible batting for bags but I think I would prefer the quilted lining.

  4. Gina - I bought the quilted lining at a JoAnns store. It was near the muslin and cotton batting.