Hi guys! It’s been a long time since I last updated this blog, but hopefully over the next couple of months that’s going to change and there’s going to be at least one update a week from me- if not more. The Etsy store should be back up and running by the end of June.
I decided to kick off my return with a tutorial! I made this for my mum as a replacement for her old purse, something I made quite a long time ago. It’s old, discoloured and lumpy- and it’s time for a new one!
Obviously you don’t need to use the same pattern of fabric that I have- any will work!
The new bag has a zip at the top, a simple cord strap, and two pockets on the outside of the main zipped pocket. It’s fairly small, but big enough to fit cards and cash- and, as my mum will probably be doing, a fair number of tissues, pens, and random scraps of paper.
You will need:
- A sewing machine (you can hand stitch this but it will take much longer)
- At least a FQ of your outer fabric
- A FQ of you corresponding lining fabric
- Corresponding thread
- A zip (6 inches)
- Cord for your strap (length/necessity depends on you!)
This only took me a little less than an hour to make.
- Cut your fabric! There’s no complex pattern here- from your (patterned) outer fabric, you need four (4) rectangles of 5 inches x 6 inches and from your lining fabric you need two (2) rectangles of the same- 5 inches x 6 inches.
- Prepare your outside pockets. Fold the fabric on the thinner edge over 1.5 inches, and pin it in place. Stitch along the top of the fold.
- Put the pockets to one side. Now comes the zip bit!
- Make a ‘zip sandwich’; putting the zip face down against the right side (bright, outer side) of the outer fabric, along the shorter edge. Put the lining right side down on top and pin it in place. I hope the picture makes sense! Once that’s done, sew along the top, making sure you catch all three layers.
- Turn the two layers of fabric right-side-out and top stitch close to the edge.
- This makes the finished project a little neater and makes it last longer, but it’s not integral to the bag.
- Do the same with the other side- make a zip sandwich, stitch, turn and topstitch.
- You’ll be left with something that looks like this.
- Now comes the tricky bit. First, you want to unzip the zip a little and stitch across the teeth to keep it close together, roughly at the edge of your fabric. This does two things- it stops your zip falling off, and it means you can open your zip without worrying about one side of your bag not being held together.
- After that, you want to insert your cord if you’re using it. About where you stitch across the zip is where you want one end of the cord to go- about an inch hanging out the side. Do the same on the other side of the zip, once again leaving about an inch.
- Get your pockets ready, as this is where they come in.
- Lay the pockets down either side of the zip. You want them face up, on top of the rest of the outer fabric which is also face up.
- Make sure your zip is about 2/3rds open. Fold your outer pieces together, and your lining pieces together, while making sure the outer pockets stay in place. Pin it together, and stitch it around started from the bottom of the lining. Make sure you leave about 2-3 inches at the bottom to turn through.
- Once it’s all stitched, you can turn it the right way round. Hand stitch the hole you turned through closed, and your bag should be finished!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Please comment with your makes!