Today I decided to make a bag for myself using an old shirt for the outer layer and a pair of Chad's old pajama pants for the lining and straps. As usual, I didn't use a pattern.
Here's what I did:
To make the bag:
1)Cut out 2 large squares from each fabric (in this case, 2 from the shirt and 2 from the pants)
2)Sew the 2 burgundy squares right sides together on the sides and bottom. Turn
right side out once sewn.
3)Sew the 2 plaid squares right sides together on the sides and bottom. This is the lining.
4)Leave the lining inside out and put the burgundy outer purse inside. Right sides will be facing each other.
5)Sew around the top, leaving a few inches unsewn to turn inside out.
6)Turn inside out and stuff the lining into the bag. Sew the gap closed.
7)Sew a top seam around the top of the bag to keep the lining in place.
To make the straps:
1)Cut 2 four-inch wide strips of fabric (the length of your choice for bag handles)
2)Take the 1st strap and fold each side in toward the center evenly. Stitch in place.
3)Place quilt binding/bias tape on top of the seam and sew into place.
4)Repeat on the second strap.
5)Box-stitch the straps in place on the inside on the bag.