So here it is! My first free project for you all! My goal is definitely that this be the first of many more to come 😀
This first leg of my mission to bust all my scraps came from some leftover fabric from a Nintendo bag I made for my boyfriend ^-^ I thought I might keep it simple with this first project and do a remake of one of the favorite bags that I own. It’s a simple tote bag, really, with a plain pocket on the front. However, it’s perfect for going to the gym, library, or picking up a few things from the store.
This remake has frayed edges for a worn-in look and a little trick I did for some faux piping along the pocket sides. The result is a really comfy bag that has an old jeans feel to it, like you’ve had it forever. And the lining adds a light and colorful feminine touch. Keep reading to find out how to make it! Or just download the .pdf here!
Materials & Tools:
• ⅔ yd. of medium weight fabric for outer bag (denim, twill, or canvas is good)
• ⅔ yd. of lightweight fabric for lining (I used quilting cotton here)
• Matching sewing thread
• Sewing needle
Before you begin:
1. Print out the project pattern here
2. Assemble the pattern pieces, see the page here for more help
3. Lay out the pattern pieces on your fabric and cut them out
4. Mark the fabric pieces with the markings from the pattern: the strap placement and pocket placement lines
1. With right sides together, sew the outer pocket to the lining around the sides and bottom. You’ll notice that the lining is just a little bit larger than the outer pocket piece. Sew with the outer pocket layer on top and pull at it slightly (also called easing) to make the pieces fit. This is what creates the faux-piping kind of edging on the finished pocket. When sewing, be sure to leave the top edge free for turning it right side out. Notch the seam allowances in the corners, turn the pocket right side out, and press it flat. You’ll see that some of the lining will peek out of the sides, this is your faux piping edge!
4. With right sides together, sew the front and back of the outer bag pieces together along the sides and the bottom. Skip over the corners (as we’ll be sewing those later) and leave the top edge open for the top of the bag.
7. Nestle the lining into the main bag with wrong sides together and make sure the top edges are lined up. Tuck the ends of the straps in between the layers where the pattern lines indicated and pin all the layers in place.
Now go out and enjoy your bag! Take it with you anywhere you just need to carry a few items but need that extra little pocket for something tiny 😀 I hope you’ll try and make it if the project looks like fun to you 😀
Please do tell me if you’ve run into any problems and I’ll do my best to help! And if you enjoyed it, I’ll strive even harder to make more projects like this (and maybe a bit more complex and interesting ^-~).
If you do wind up making the project, I’d love to see it! And I’ll send you free patterns from my Monthly Crafting Challenge!