I made this super awesome bag today. i made the pattern myself (im pretty proud of it!)
anyway...its a big slouchy messenger with a magnetic snap and swivel hook closure. finished size is 12"x15".
it doesnt have any pockets in it yet, because i just decided i wanted them...but im going to recon a pocket from another bag and sew it in soon. i put a piece of cardboard in the bottom to keep the shape for now until i find a better solution. The whole thing took about 4 or 5 hours to make not including drafting the pattern and stuff like that. i reconed the swivel hook and the future pocket from a bag i never use
Front...i had to hang it from my window because my doors were too low, lol!
a little closer
heres the back:
On to the TUTORIAL!!!!...this is my first tutorial ever...so parts might be missing or not make any sense, im sorry! if you have questions just ask and feel free to add comments if you know of an easier way to do something or notice that i missed something, i'd really appreciate it!!
What you need:
outer and lining or accent fabric
1 yard heavy cotton strapping
1 yard 7/8" cotton webbing
...i hope im not missing anything!
cut 2 17"wx16"h pieces of outer and lining fabric...and 2 of outer and lining 2"x13" rectangles:
measure heavy cotton strapping for however long you want the handle to be...mine was 1 yard. then measure a piece of lining or accent fabric that is 1" longer and 1/2" wider. and stitch right sides together 1/4" seam on both sides.
then turn it inside out and pull the strapping through it. top stitch however you want. set aside.
(midway through turning inside out)
(top stitching and finished strap)
do the same process for the smaller straps that hook together as a closure. i used 7/8" cotton webbing so it would be softer and more flexible. the bottom strap is 6" long finished. i left about an inch of casing empty so it wouldnt be so bulky turning it under to attatch the d-ring and swivel hook. i used 32" of strap for the top one...but didnt need nearly that much. i trimmed it down after the rest of the bag was finished.
this is what you should have so far..
stitch the skinnier straps to the outer fabric. put the d-ring on the smaller one before you stitch it down. the small one goes on the front of your bag and the long one goes on the back...stop stitching the back one about 2 inches from the top.
now you stitch the 2"x13" rectangles onto the outer and lining fabrics...right in the middle of them.
then stitch the sides and bottom of the small rectangles of the outer fabric and the lining fabric together to start forming the bag...right sides together!!
then box the bottom of the bag by putting the corners together(if that made any sense...), like so:
attach the magnetic snaps to the lining now where you want them to go:
now you put all the pieces together. turn the outside inisde out and put the strap in and then the lining. the strap should be between the outside and lining and they should have right sides together. sorry i dont have a picture of that, but you can probably find directions about how to put a lining in on another tutorial somewhere..
you should have left a hole in the bottom of the lining to pull the bag through...do that so its all right side out now
then close the hole and push the lining into the outer part...press the top to make it look nice and top stitch around the whole thing.
if you havent done it already you can put the swivel hook onto the longer strap and cut it to however long you want it to be.
your bag should be done now, i hope!
sorry if some of this doesnt make sense...i'll try to clear it up if you tell me about it. comments and criticism are alwaysssss welcomed, encouraged, and appreciated!!!