The Coco Rosette – a more decorative bag closure!

I named this rosette (designed by Myra Martin) after our french poodle Coco!

We are about to test the Picnic Tote pattern that this looks great on – will keep you posted..

Instructions – What You’ll Need:

3″ x 20″ strip of fabric 1, 3″ x 10″ strip of fabric 2, 1 semi circle of coordinating fabric 3″ along the flat edge and 2 1/2″ in diameter, 1/2 yard black or coordinating grosgrain ribbon 1 1/2″ wide, 1 fabric covered button at least 1 5/8″ wide ( if you are making it the size can be boosted with a bit of batting), 6″ black or coordinating elastic 1/4″ wide (for the loop), coordinating thread, pinking shears, and Steam Iron, and Sewing Machine

1) Fold the fabric strips in half with right sides together. Machine stitch a seam along the side to make 2 tubes.

2) Turn fabric tubes right side out and iron to flatten, making 2 ribbon-like shapes.

3) Fold fabric tubes into 2″ x 2″ loops attaching one to the next to begin building the semi- circle. Use basting stitching at the corners to secure where the loops are intersecting.

4) Fold grosgrain ribbon into slightly smaller loops to form the upper (or second) layer. Repeat basting stitch procedure to attach loops to one another. Handstitch layer 2 to layer 1.

5) Pink edges of fabric semi- circular scrap. Handstitch that shape onto the back of the rosette. Handstitch the rosette to the center of the top front edge of the bag.

6) Sew covered button onto the rosette.

7) Form the loop for the button with black or coordinating elastic. Pin the loop to the back of the bag to test where it needs to be to work properly. Once positioned precisely, sew into place.

Wear and Enjoy!

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