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This is the first tutorial that I post here, for a small carry bag for children's'
books. Here in Europe, there are small soft books called Pixi books, aimed at children
2-5 years old. They are super cheap, and there are millions of different titles
to chose from.
I loved my pixi books as a kid, and was so happy when my sister told me that
her twins love them as well (they just turned three).
With the help of a friend, I designed a small tote for up to 10 books -
perfect for a weekend at grandma's, or a long car ride.
So, with no further ado... the tutorial Step one:
Gather your supplies.
Fabric and lining. I like sturdy cotton fabric.
Interfacing. I have pretty thick interfacing, since I want it firm rather than flimsy.
Magnet closure. (Velcro, snap button... anything you have at home or prefer works fine)
Your preferred tools
The pattern is super easy. A square 12x12 cm is all you need. For the interfacing and the lining,
you put it on a folded edge (also for the outer fabric if you don't need to line up the pattern)
Folded in half, your pattern square serves as a pattern for the inner pockets.
I make sure I cut my interfacing accurately, and then use it as a sewing guide on the
fabric pieces. That way, everything always lines up perfectly
The strips for the handles are subject to your taste (skinnier, longer etc.) but the pattern
square on a folded edge is a good start for the handles as well.Step two:
Prepare your pieces.
Iron interfacing onto your lining. If you are working with a thinner material on the outside
of the bag as well, I recommend using interfacing on those pieces as well.
At this point it's clever to press or fold the lining in half to mark the middle. (or use a pin
or a pen, or any other way that works for you. I like to work with my iron
Sew the two pieces of the front fabric together. Iron.
(note: if your fabric doesn't have a pattern that needs lining up, just skip this part,
and enjoy your seem free outer piece of fabric
Line up the fabric for the inner pockets, right side facing right side. Sew along the
Turn, iron, and sew a top stitch along the edge.
The handles. I like pressing them into shape first, and then just topstitch
along the edge. First, fold in half, press. Then fold the edges towards the pressed
middle line and press again.
After topstitching, press the handles into shape. Make sure that both are
folded to the same size, and not wider than 10 cm.
OK, all pieces are prepped, now onto assembly!!Step three:
Assembling the bag.
Put the inner pockets on the large piece of lining. Make sure to line up
interfacing to interfacing. If you want to add a label or other embellishments,
now would be a good time
Now to the only tricky part; inserting the magnet closure snap. I find
using a ruler as seen in the photo really helpful. Mark the middle of the closure
on both pockets, and make sure they line up before inserting them!
(otherwise, prepare a new inner pocket and start over
Line up the handles in a similar way.
Now, pin the top fabric face down onto the lining with the pockets. Important
as always to line up the interfacing, and make sure that the middle seam on the
top fabric lines up with the marked middle of the lining.
Sew around the interfacing, leaving a hole at one of the long sides. Make sure your seam
secures the inner pockets proper.
Trim the edges.
Turn the bag around. Be careful not to tug on the handles, if you still have pins inside.
Finish the last seam. I like to finish by hand, but for a quicker finish, you could
just stitch neatly close to the edge. Step four:
Fill with books!!Step five:
Go to step one, repeat
I hope this tutorial might be helpful for any of you out there. And as the pattern is so simple,
you could easily modify it to fit other kinds of books, or CDs, or anything else
you might want to carry around with you! I would love to see any results or variations of it