This is a project I wrote for Love Sewing magazine a while ago. It has also been a firm favourite in class. I have seen lots of different versions being made from craft bag versions in bright funky prints to mock suede and corduroy simple lined versions and others like this in plain or printed cotton or linen. Its a great project for beginners who are perhaps trying their second or third sewing project. It is also a good make if you just wanted to pop along to a Saturday morning session for some social sewing fun and come away with a completed bag at the end of it!
I designed the bag to be reversible but like all projects you can make it your own so it doesn’t have to be reversible.
65cm outer fabric – at least 112cm/44″ wide. I used Sevenberry linen.
65cm inner fabric or lining – at least 112cm/44″ wide. I used Robert Kaufman Essex yarn dyed cotton/linen
2 buttons 30mm or toggles. You would only need one if you make it single sided.
There are some useful skills for beginners included in the project. The bag gets its shape from the darts at the base of the bag, with darts on the outer and the lining you will probably have mastered darts by the end of the project!
The bag is fastened with a tab and button. A good opportunity to learn about where to position the button and making a buttonhole.
The bag is top-stitched around the upper edge. The strap and tab can also be top-stitched.
The inside could be a co-ordinating plain or patterned fabric or something completely contrasting.
It makes a great gift as well as a handy bag for yourself!
If you would like to make this bag during a class please get in touch.