I saw this bag on Alloy.com and I thought to myself, I can make that!
And I got about 4.5 yards of "Sailor Sam and Friends" 45" Home Dec fabric for about $2/yard. It's really
So I combined the two, made my own pattern, and came up with THIS!!!
I used rip-stop nylon for the inside
It's pretty stiff because I put medium-weight interfacing in there but this is my new favorite bag!!!POCKET TUTE!!
I don't have images, so hopefully I can do a good job of explaining this w/o them. If anyone needs visuals, let me know and I'll come up with something. If you get confused, maybe referring to the above picture will help.[NOTE: I allow for a 1/2 inch seam allowance to make the math easier]
I'll start with the pocket body and do the flap later down.
So to start off, let's say that you want to make an outer pocket that's 3" high and 5" wide. Cut a 4x6 piece of the main fabric and then for the "expandy part" of the pocket, which I will just call the Border, you want to take the total inches for 3 sides of the pocket, in this case, 4+6+4=14" and make the border that long by 2" wide.
I used mid-weight interfacing on all pieces, I recommend this for pocket strength.
Press the border, lengthwise accordion style into four, 1/2" sections. In the end, the pocket will only be 1 inch deep because of the 1/2" seam allowance.
Pin and sew one side of the length along the edge of your pocket's main fabric. Press the heck out of the seam so that when you lay the pocket face up on the outside of your purse you can't really see the border. Press the entire top part of the pocket down 1/2 inch, lay it flat and then topstitch across the border, the main fabric, and then running over the other end of the border.
Pin the OTHER SIDE of the border length, the unsewn part, to the purse. You will topstitch it to your bag. Make sure that when you do this, you are stopstitching the fold as close to the edge as possible and that, in the end, you want the border to really only be visible from the side.
If you lay it flat on the bag with the border lying straight aross the purse, you will not have any space to put stuff in the pocket.
For the flap, you basically just cut a piece of main fabric and a piece of border fabric. For measurements, you probably want it as wide as the pocket, in this case you will cut it 6 inches wide. However long you want it to hang over the pocket, add an inch to account for the depth you've added with the border, and proper seam allowances. So if you want it to hang over 1.5 inches, you will need to cut the fabric to 4.5 inches.
So you will cut 2 pieces of 4.5x6, sew them right sides together, trim the seam, turn it, topstitch about 1/4 inch from the edge, then place the flap with the topstitched edge tucked into the pocket 1/4 inch and stitch over the same stitch line.
It sounds sort of confusing, even to me, so I will try to add pictures when I can. I have a painting mid-term to do this week at home and that's looking like a 12-hour minimum commitment. So if you don't understand it, have some patience and I'll do it next week when I'm done with my mid-term.