I wanted to make her something fun for her birthday and this owl bag is what I came up with. It's super simple, and adorable! The best part is that it was completely free! I made it from scraps I had on hand.
I started out by cutting 4 fifteen inch squares, two for the lining of the purse, and two for the outside. I also ironed on some interfacing to the outside pieces of the bag. I was feeling a little stingy with my interfacing and didn't want to do both front and back. I just thought the owl needed a little stiffness to him so the bag wouldn't fall over. Probably if I made the bag again, I would use interfacing for both front and back. I wouldn't use the interfacing on the lining of the bag.
Once you have chosen how your owl looks, sew all the pieces to the front of your purse. The rest is really easy; we'll just be assembling the purse.
To assemble the purse, you sew three sides of both the lining and the outer shell of the purse, this time with right sides together.
Once I had my straps all cut, I sewed them together first lengthwise. Then on the outer edges I ironed a small hem, folded the strap in half, and sewed the other side. I did not sew them closed on the width side. This will get tucked in between the lining and outer shell, so it's unnecessary. I also like to top stitch both sides of the straps once they are complete. It helps them to lie flat, and makes a more professional look. Make sure to make 2 straps!