Well, I started making this really cool bag (that was in my head) and it ended up looking like….a diaper. I will perfect it one day though!! But I didn’t have the time, or energy (or fabric!), to try today. So what I did, was take it all apart (so excuse the old seams!!), and make a really simple, but really cute (and easy!) bag. There’s nothing too special to it, but think of it as a blank canvas. You can doctor it up with the straps, add pockets, or pleats, or really anything your little heart desires!
So, start by cutting two 14in x 17in pieces of fabric, this will be the outside of your bag. Then, cut two 14in x 18in pieces of fabric, this will be the inside of your bag, so don’t go crazy with the fabric, it won’t really be seen. You want to sew three sides of the printed fabric, leaving one of the smaller sides unsewn, and sew only the longer sides on your inside fabric.
The original bag straps I was going to make, used this cording, so I incorporated it into my new bag. For each strap, I cut two 25in pieces and twisted them together, sewing the edges so it wouldn’t come undone. If you can’t find this cording, or don’t like the look of it, you can just make straps out of the fabric.
Pin together the small sides of both the patterned fabric and lining, using the seams as your guide. Mark 2in from the seams, and put your straps through, and pin them down. Make sure the straps are on the right side!! You only want to see the ends when you’re sewing!
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