My nieceling received a new Disney Princess wallet as a gift. After she finished asking people for money to put in it, she decided she also needed a purse in which to put the wallet. And it couldn’t be any old purse, it had to be a Disney Princess purse.

That’s where I came in…

After some thought, I wanted something quick and easy and uncomplicated. (My niece, after all, is only five.) So I used a modified version of the flouncy bag pattern from One Yard Wonders by Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins.

Close-up of the Disney Princess Flouncy Bag

I actually made a muslin to test out my modifications and thank goodness I did. I’d based my modified pattern on the numbers given in the book, and those numbers were…um…rather off. Plus, the attaching of the exterior to the lining was just a pain in the backside.

But after some testing and tweaking, I finally finished a child-size version of the flouncy bag.

The Disney Princess Flouncy Bag

Inside view of the Disney Princess bag

For the curious, here are the modifications I made (aside from shrinking it overall by roughly 30%):

  • Reduced the seam allowance from 1/2” to 1/4”;
  • I omitted the ribbon;
  • I used lace trim instead of piping;
  • And probably the biggest modification, I changed how the exterior and lining was attached. Rather than lining them up wrong sides together, folding in the seam, and topstitching to close, I left a small opening in the lining, placed the exterior in the lining—right sides together—sewed it  with a 1/4” allowance and pulled the bag right side out through the small opening I left in the lining. I could have topstitched around the edge to finish, but meh.

It’s certainly not perfect, but my niece liked it so much, she made her mom buy her some makeup to put in it (alongside her wallet). That, in my book, makes it a winner. :)

My Niece Modeling Her Bag

In fact, I kinda like it, too. I think I’ll make myself a grown-up version.