Materials & Supplies
You probably have everything you need for this project already on hand!
- fabric (2 fat quarters is all you need!)
You also need the basic sewing tools:
- sewing machine, iron, scissors, pencil, straight edge
1. Cut out fabric
Bag Exterior - Cut 2 rectangles 11" wide x 9 1/2" high
Bag Lining - Cut 2 rectangles 11" wide x 9 1/2" highHandles - Cut 2 rectangles 4" x 12"
From the (4) 11" x 9 1/2" rectangles, cut away a 2.5" square in each bottom corner, like this:
This is the best way to make handles for any bag project, and requires no turning!
Fold fabric in half lengthwise and press.
Unfold, and fold in long raw edges to the line you just pressed.
Fold fabric again on original pressing line.
Clear as mud? Here's a photo!
Fold long raw edges to center press line. Fold again at center press line.
Edge stitch both handles on each long side.
Now you should have this: (2 finished handles, 2 cut lining pieces, 2 cut bag exterior pieces)
3. Sewing the Bag
Align bag lining pieces with right sides together. Sew a 1/2" seam on two sides & the bottom edge, back stitching at each end. Press seam allowances open.
Now is the tricky part. You are going to use the cut away part in the lower corners to make the "box-bottom". Does this picture help?
Opening up the bag slightly, line up the bottom side raw edge with the side bottom raw edge. (This is why it's important to cut away a square at the start!). Line up the side & bottom seam and pin together. Sew together with 1/2" seam allowance. Repeat with the other corner. Turn lining right side out and press the seam allowance in one direction. The bag should loosely hold it's shape now. Hopefully!
Seams all lined up!
Repeat step 3 with the bag exterior.
Aligning the seams and with right sides together, put the lining piece into the exterior piece.
Now you'll need to figure out where your handles go. I usually go in about 3" from each side seam, but you can play around with what works best for the length of your handle. Mark the placement of the handles on both side of the bag. Pin them between the exterior & lining pieces, lining up with the marks you made. Also, (and this is important!!) make sure they aren't twisted!
Mark handle location and pin handle between lining & exterior.
Pin around the top of the bag. Sew through all layers with 1/2" seam, leaving an opening for turning.
Pull the bag through the opening, tucking the lining back into the bag exterior. Press around the top edge, and any seam you can to get the bag square and sharp looking.
Edgestich around the top edge, sewing shut the opening. Backstitch at each end.
Ta-da!! You are done! Fill with whatever you want, and enjoy!
Or make several more! Or a bigger one! I hope the instructions all made sense. If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments, or to email me. Have fun!
I made these 4 for my little people as [early] Easter baskets, and then filled them with some little things. Superstore t-shirts, sock monkey's for the little boys, a rhino for Johnny, and a tutu for Helen. (More to come on the tutu!!)