October 5, 2006 at 8:09 am 2 comments

Here are my bag instructions. And no Kim, no intention of taking orders at all. If anyone makes one, let me know!

Rainy here today. It was warm yesterday, and cold today. Love spring weather. Mr A and I are off to have lunch with R and the gorgeous Miss E – can’t wait. Better go get organised.

And it seems for the first time I’ve exceeded my bandwidth for the month, so things might get a little quiet… until the 18th.

Catch ya…

Super Easy Super Bag

(I work in inches for some reason – sorry!)

  • 2 fat quarters of patterned fabric (or 1/2 yard)
  • 3/4 yard plain fabric
  • 1/2 yard heavy iron on interfacing
  • matching thread
  • iron (you’ll get a much better finish if you iron your seams as you go)

From each fat quarter of patterned fabric cut:

  • 1 x 19 inch x 15 inch
  • 1 x 19 inch x 3 inch

This will give you the fabric for the patterned top and the lining.

From the plain fabric cut:

  • 2 x 19 inch x 13 inch
  • 2 x 4 inch x 31 inch

This will give you the outside and the handles.

From the interfacing cut:

  • 2 x 19 inch x 15 inch
  • 2 x 3 inch x 31 inch

This will reinforce the outside and the handles.

Ok, here we go.

Whip out your iron and iron on the interfacing to the middle of the wrong side of the handle fabric (4 inch x 31 inch). Fold the 1/2 inch edges in over the edge of the interfacing and press. Fold in half and press. Stitch 1/4 inch in from both sides. Handle – done.

Bag outside
Take a 19 inch x 13 inch piece of the plain fabric and lay right side up. Measure in 5 inches from either side of the 19 inch side and pin handles in place. Lay a 3 inch x 19 inch piece of the patterned fabric on top and sew along the edge so you sandwich the handles in place. Stitch again to reinforce the handles. Top stitch if you like. Measure down from the top of the bag until it measures 15 inches. Trim off any excess plain fabric at the bottom. Iron on the 19 inch x 15 inch interfacing.
Repeat for other bag outside. Put right sides together and stitch down the side, along the bottom, and up the other side.

If you want to make an inside pocket, now is the time to attach it. Just a square or rectangle hemmed and sewn on will do the trick. Lay the two linings together, right sides facing. Stitch down one short side and along the bottom, stopping about 3 inches from the end. Sew down the other side, again stopping about three inches from the end. You’ll use this hole to pull the bag inside out later.

Making the corners
diag1.gifTake the bag outside and turn the corners so the side and bottom seams are together and the corner of the bag has a point. It’s easier to fiddle with than to explain. Measure along the seam 1 1/2 inches and sew across the corner. Trim seam allowance. Repeat for other corner and for the corner of the lining (not the hole, the other corner).

You should now have the two parts of the bag finished.

Lining the bag
Turn both pieces inside out. Put the lining inside the bag outside so the right sides are together. Stitch around the top. Pull the bag through the hole you left in the lining corner. Turn the point of the corner inside and topstich, so it looks like the other inside lining corner, only with the stitches showing. Top stitch along the top edge of the bag to reinforce. Done. Pat on the back.

Once you’ve made the bag once, you could vary the fabrics, make different handles, add external pockets, applique – anything really. Enjoy!


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Sew… Finally…

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Priscilla  |  October 6, 2006 at 7:38 pm

    Thank you!!! – these instructions were so easy to follow, I got my bag made today – I’m so pleased with it – I posted it on my blog so you can see it. I’m all keen to make another now!

  • 2. Kim  |  October 9, 2006 at 10:51 am

    Excellent. Thanks for sharing the instructions. 🙂


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