Ok, here we go! For one entire bag, outside and lining, you’ll need one yard of fabric total. The bags I made for my kids I just used one color for the whole thing. For this tutorial I used the leftovers from those bags.
First, cut 2 pieces that are 16x12 inches. You will need two for the outside, two for the inside.
Cute 2 pieces for the handles. 13x4 inches.
Next, with right sides together pin the two pieces together. You will do the same for the outside and the lining.
I stitched everything with a 1/2 inch seam. Sew three sides of the bag (outside and lining). Start at the top, go down a side, across the bottom, up the other side, leaving the top open.
This next part is probably the most tricky, but it really is easy and makes the bag look great! At each bottom corner of the bag you will pull the bag apart so that the side seam meats up with the bottom seam.
Hopefully this picture gives you a better look. If this is stressing you out, by all means, just don’t do it. You will still have a great bag! But once you learn how, it’s a simple trick that gives bags a wonderful finished look.
Ok, you should have sewn both the outside and the lining of your bag. Take the OUTSIDE of your bag (if it’s different from your lining) and make sure it’s turned right side out. Your lining should be wrong side out. Put the OUTSIDE BAG inside your lining. Right sides should be together. Set that aside for a little bit.
After you have sewn both pieces turn them right side out. This handy little tool is called a Fasturn. It is the neatest little tool!! My Mom bought it at JoAnn’s probably 20 years ago! Slide your tube of fabric over the metal tube, push the long pin thing with a swirly point up into the fabric so it grabs it and then just pull it out the bottom. Makes turning things like this so simple and quick!!
and then slide it in your bag BETWEEN the lining and the outside. So you should have, lining, handle, outside, outside, handle, lining. For your handles to be facing the right direction (seams inside) the seams should be facing up (touching the lining). Pin those in place and pin all around the top edge of your bag.
Just grab the handles and push the lining inside the outside fabric.
You’ll want to pin the little opening closed and then pin all around the top edge of the bag.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope this was an easy tutorial to follow. You could make a bag like this any size you want with the same process. And you can make the bottom of the bag larger by increasing how far from the corner you sew across (for your squared bottom). Just remember that if you make the bottom larger (squared off) you might want to add some inches to the total length you cut out to begin with.
Please let me know if you have any question!!
GIVEAWAY: Who doesn’t like winning stuff? So, since I already made 3 bags for my 3 boys, I’m giving this bag away! Leave me a comment and I’ll enter you in for a random drawing. I’ll draw a winner on Wednesday evening, September 27th.