Step 2 – Create the handles. Fold both handles in half lengthwise and press. Open up the handle and press both sides in, meeting at the half-way crease. Press and fold in half. You should have a handle, 4-fabrics-thick about 1″ wide. Top stitch down both sides of the handle piece right at the edge to make it sturdy and to give it a nice finished edge.
Step 4- Place the outside fabric right sides together on top of the lining piece and handles. Pin short sides and sew 1/4″ seam allowance down both sides, over the edges of the handle straps, careful not to catch any other part of the handles in your seams.
Step 5- Press seams open and bring seams together, matching them up at the center. The bag’s outside fabric and lining fabric should be folded on top of itself, right sides together. Now pin the long, open sides together. Sew a 1/4″ seam along both sides, leaving a 3″ opening in the lining to turn the bag right-sides out.
Step 6 – Pull the bag right sides out through the 3″ opening and top-stitch the opening closed. (This doesn’t have to look pretty because it will be inside the bag.)
Step 9- Now to give the bag a nice boxy bottom, we are going to add something called a gusset. Don’t stress, it’s much easier than it looks. Turn the bag inside-out and line up the side seams perpendicular to the bottom edge, creating two triangles at either end of the bag.
Step 10- Measure down 1″ from the point and draw a line perpendicular to the side seam.
Step 11- Sew directly on the line, back stitching at both ends. Repeat the same process with the bottom corner on the other side of the bag. You could hand-tack down the gusset flaps if you’re picky, but don’t have to worry if you’re not as they will be hidden in the bag.
And there you have a quick finished bag! Once you have made one, it’s very quick and easy to mass-produce a lot of them.
Now here is a slight variation to create a bag with a longer strap and a little more of a ‘purse’ shape.
Repeat Steps 4-8 above to create the body of the bag, leaving out the handles.
To add a decorative ribbon or trim I measured down 2.5″ from the top and drew a line with an erasable fabric pen.
Pin the end of the strap about an inch down and directly next to one of the side seams on the outside of the bag.
When the bag is done, you can always add a cute embellishment of some kind to ‘bling-it-up’ if you want.
And that’s it! Again, once you’ve made one, you can whip out a bunch more in no time. They’re great gifts to have on hand for all those little-girl Christmas or birthday gifts. (Or you could make a ‘satchel‘ version for boys too!)
Be sure to visit the other guest-bloggers for Christmas in July to see the awesome ideas and tutorials they have for you!
Monday 7/16 – Don’t Call Me Betsy
Tuesday 7/17 – Sew Crafty Jess
Wednesday 7/18 – Pink Penguin
Thursday 7/19 – Freshly Pieced
Friday 7/20 – Sew Sweetness
Monday 7/23 – Happy Quilting
Tuesday 7/24 – Comfort Stitching
Wednesday 7/25 – Diary of a Quilter (here!)
Thursday 7/26 – Felicity Quilts
And finally, as part of this series, Elizabeth has arranged a fabulous giveaway for you of a $20 Gift Certificate from the online fabric retailer, Pink Chalk Studio! Lucky you! Pink Chalk has so many pretty choices.