This is the same tutorial from my site, just posted here. I shrunk some of the pictures to help the page load a little quicker. Let me know if you make one, I would love to see it!
Behold... the bag!
Ain't it purdy?!
It began yesterday as some beautiful cotton fabric that I could not resist and a pair of black wooden purse handles that looked kinda cool. Today, it is my new happy purse!
Do you want one too?
Here's how!You need:
- At least 18"x22" each of your choice of outside fabric and lining.
- Purse handles
- Matching and/or invisible thread
- Measuring tape and pencil or chalk
- Piping, if desired
Iron fabric and lining if necessary.Step #1:
Cut fabric and lining on a fold so it is 18" long and 11" high, and unfolds to 18"x22"Step #2:
Pin the fabric and lining together together with the right sides facing each other.Step #3:
Sew the edges with a thin seam allowance (whatever you are comfortable with), leaving one corner undone. Trim any extra edges and turn inside out, using a tool to poke out corners crisply. (Knitting needles work great!)Step #4:
Fold in half again along the same fold, so fabric is about 18"x11" again with the lining on the outside.Step #5:
Sew each short side 4" -4 1/2" up from the fold, as close to the edges as possible.Step #6:
With the lining still on the outside, draw a line 2" from the edges, and make a dot every 1" along that line. Make matching dots near the edge.
(Sorry that one is a bit blurry)Step #7:
Place handles between the dots, fold the edge over the inside of the handle and sew each set of matching dots together.
* I only sewed the lining together, to give the outside pleats a random scrunched look, but you could sew the outer fabric as well, or even 'connect the dots' in a straight line, to give a more precise pleating appearance. Just make sure you use a matching or invisible thread!
When you reach the un-sewn corner, use a blind stitch to sew it up as you go!Step #8:
If you would like, sew a piping along the open sides, or even along the inside edge.
Tada!! You have a bag! Easy, huh?
Please leave me a comment if you make one, I would love to hear about it! And of course see pictures, if possible