A simple bag for my littlest one. Though she's not walking or carrying anything around yet I figure it will happen soon enough.
Also, I can make it for her and show you the pattern in the process which seemed like a good enough excuse to pull out the sewing machine.
I'm loving the look of linen combined with other fabrics these days. I paired this linen with a soft, "vintagey" cotton floral. There is something about this combination that makes me think of Spring and Summer.
So let's begin shall we?
Step one:: Start with the two fabrics you would like to use for your bag. You can use any fabric you have on hand. You can make it any size you want. Small to large. Rectangle to square. Whatever you want. How cool is that?
Cut your fabric in the length and shape you would like your bag to be. My bag is approximately 23 inches long and 9 inches wide. Keep in mind that you will be folding over one side to make the flap.
Cut out the strap in the length and size you would like. This particular strap happens to be 2 1/2 inches wide leaving room for a 1/4 inch seam on either side and 23 inches long.
Then, sew fabric with wrong sides together with a 1/4 inch seam.
Okay, easy so far right?
Keep in mind that you want to leave a space open large enough so you can turn it inside out. The strap is sewn on three sides and an inch or so on each end of the fourth side. This makes it easier to get the rough edges turned under when you iron.
Step Two:: Then Iron. This to me is what takes it from home sewing project to looking professional.
tip-- I also use an old wooden crochet hook of my mom's to really push the corners out from the inside to get a nice square on the edges and corners.
Step Three:: Sew an 1/8 inch seam all the way around the body and strap. This will catch the area of the bag and strap that were unfinished.
Step Four:: Determine how big you want the flap to be on the front. Pin the strap to the back to make sure it's the size handle you would like and then sew. Sew in a rectangle shape all the way from the top to the bottom or leave a space as I did for the other children's bags to slip a belt through.
There is your handle. I usually will go over each handle twice to make it more durable.
Step Five:: Turn it over now and decide how big the bag will be and pin.
Now is the fun part. Sew up and down the edges on either side. I do this twice to make it extra durable.
Fold the flap over and Voila! Your bag is made, seamed and lined. Easy Right?
Only one step left...
Step Six:: The big dilemma now is how to close the bag. As you saw on the other bags I made I used a combination of closures. You can make ties (which can be sewn in when you sew the body pieces together) or use buttons and a loop.
For this bag I used velcro and piled shell buttons on top. It works great. It will be easy for little hands to open later and great for me when I have the baby in one hand and I'm reaching for the toys inside with the other hand.
This bag will provide a great place to put all the toys she loves to have in her mouth. Toys that, because I rarely haul a diaper bag around anymore, usually have been knocking around in the bottom of my purse.
Yeah, a small bag is definitely better.
So there you have it. A tutorial of sorts. Hope it inspires you to make a few of your own.
Have a lovely weekend.