Mother’s Day Buttercup Bag Remix


This week I’ve been messing around with the Buttercup Bag pattern for Mother’s Day presents. As many others have mentioned, I feel the original version is a bit on the small side (while I think it’s nice that it works from a fat quarter and is fab if you usually carry a small purse, it’s a wee bit small when your normal purse contents include a cloth diaper, a sippy cup, and a change of 2T clothing). So I tried out a couple different enlargements for Mom H (above) and Mom O (below) for Mother’s Day…I’m pretty pleased with how they turned out.


: : I like the shape here; I might try this again with a longer strap worn by the waist : :

Both were made with Amy Butler fabrics on both outside and inside and interfaced completely with flannel (I use a flannel sheet that accidentally got bleached in one corner and is no longer usable). I also interfaced the top parts of both purses with heavy-weight fusible interfacing.

: : Is there more belly here or more bag? : :

: : Hey check out that spring top! : :
I decided to try covered buttons for Mom H’s version (above); I love how they turned out all professional-like, and of course they match (finding two large buttons in my button box that match is rare and cause for celebration). I used some of the aqua dotted material left over from the Mendocino top I made last week. Covered button kits are sold for a couple bucks at my local chain fabric store and require no special tools, by the way (huge plus there).


For Mom O’s version I tried a recessed zipper. I found a tutorial Craftster where someone had made an enlarged Buttercup Bag with a recessed zipper, but it was so complicated I just gave up trying to understand the instructions and just winged it.

So some of you are wondering, “How big are they, Rae?” Well I will tell you: I enlarged the pattern by 129% for both versions (I had read a few places that people had tried a 30% increase and it worked out well. In fact, I noticed in the Featured Creativity Sew, Mama, Sew had up yesterday that one the projects was Kate’s Buttercup Bag which she had enlarged by 130). Additionally, on the longer version I added 2 inches of length (plus an extra 1/2″ on the lining for the zipper), and hacked off a little more than 1/2″ from each side of the top piece, so the pleats were also a bit bigger.


Here’s a few comparison pictures (the yellow version above is the original pattern) so you can see the size difference. I know it’s hard on the bottom two, but look at my hands for scale.
And below you can really see the size difference between Mom O’s bag and the original pattern piece, although you can see that it wasn’t that much wider after I trimmed the top pieces, but definitely alot longer:


So I’d say that’s a win for Mother’s Day prezzies this year. Yay! If you’re still scrambling for a present idea there’s still time to make one before Sunday!

: : A few announcements : :

I will soon be selling a license to sell the Buttercup Bag (online or at craft fairs, for example) in my Etsy shop. I’m almost ready to post on that, and I realize that some of you will find this confusing, so check back for more details soon!

Also, just a reminder that in a couple hours the Spring Top Week Final Round Vote will close (11 pm EDT). So make sure to vote before your chance is gone!!!

23 thoughts on “Mother’s Day Buttercup Bag Remix

  1. I think the belly wins… these bags are just adorable :o)

    You and Mr. Rae are so tech savvy- I love your little hint above. I’m interested to see how you’ll license the pattern! :o)

  2. Still like the little one best. :) Love how the curve of the bag matches the curve of the belly in the 3rd photo – too cute!!

  3. I really love the alternative sizing you did with this most fabulous bag! I think I need to try the bigger size too. I love reading through your thought process for each model.

    How awesome that you are going to offer a license for people to sell their own Buttercup bags!

  4. Both bags turned out great, i am really looking forward for the buttercup bag license which i will be one of the first to purchase so i can make them for my shop *YAY*

    Thank you Rae :)

  5. Hi! This is such a cute bag. Thank you for sharing the pattern. My 12 YO daughter sewed up her version for her older sister to use for prom. Pix on our blog.

  6. I love your patterns. I call the little buttercup bag “the-going-out-without-the-baby” bag. So it is just the right size for that!

    Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  7. I am making one for my mom for Mother’s day and was going to try an enlarged version. (I know, it’s past mother’s day, but she’s been out of town) I can’t wait to see how she likes it.
    Okay, funny side note: I also have a Mom H and a Mom O! I read that in your post and was like, “No Way”!

  8. So great! I love the size and look of the larger versions. How/when did you add the contrasting fabric between the band and the body?

  9. olive you xo: at JoAnn

    Breakfast4Dinner:
    I think you’re asking about the thin strip of bias trim, right? I added that along the bottom of the top pieces once they were cut out and ironed to the interfacing, but before they were sewed to the bottom pieces. It’s too tricky to try and sandwich it between the top and bottom because it’s pretty narrow and will slide around if you try it that way (I’m a classic corner-cutter, so I KNOW!) You just line the trim up with the fold side of the trim facing the top of the bag and the bottom side of the trim about 1/4″ from the bottom edge, then baste down! (:

  10. just wondering… to make the bag bigger did you leave the top the same and just extend the curved bottom? i want the bigger bag, but don't want to make them to sell…

  11. how did you end up putting in your zipper? i too am finding the tutorial very confusing. LOVE LOVE LOVE the bag, I'm doing them for M-day gifts this year! Can't wait! Could you e-mail me with your play-by- play on the zipper? kfmurray@shaw.ca Thanks a ton! Kathy

    • I also tried the changes to the bag going by the information on Crafsters but it turned out a disaster. I would also like to get your version if possible. I bought the pattern. I know its been a while when you first posted this, but yours looks great with the zipper.
      sharon@kitcheninabox.com.au

  12. Love the butercup bags I have been making bags for a few months I love this one and so will the ladies who recieve them as gifts. Thanks

  13. A quick question– ( the 'larger' sized buttercup bag) in the pay-for pattern– is it like Mom O's bag or Mom H's? Mom H's bag is truly gorgeous; so I have my finger's crossed!

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