You can never have enough bags right?
Especially with a free sewing pattern. Beccy from Wipster used scraps of upholstery fabric and an old pair of jeans to make this cute Bow Bag. The top has a drawstring so it can expand when you need it to, but draw it up for security (and cuteness).
• 1 yard x 12” main fabric (I used large scraps of upholstery fabric)
• 1 yard x 12” lining fabric (I used an old pair of jeans)
• 1 yard of ribbon
• 5” elastic
• A dinner plate
1. Because I wanted the bag to be able to hold files/paper etc. I used an A4 sheet of paper as a template.
2. Use a dinner plate to draw a curve around one corner (you can adjust the size of the curve by choosing smaller or
bigger circular things).
3. Cut the curve. This is the basic template; the straight edge on the right is the fold line.
4. Cut 1 (back) piece on the fold and two half (front) pieces. Add extra seam to these two pieces. Cut two pieces on the fold for the lining (I recycled a pair of jeans).
5. Pin the two half front pieces face together and place a mark 2 inches from the top, then another 1 inch below that. This will be the opening for the drawstring casing. Sew up front pieces, leaving the 1 inch marked area
6. Open out the front piece and press the seam. Topstitch the front seam open.
7. Cut a piece for the pocket approximately 6×6 inches.
8. Fold and press the edges. Press the top edge deep enough to encase the elastic and sew this edge.
9. Thread elastic through casing using a safety pin, gather and secure at both ends.
10. Sew the pocket to one of the lining pieces, approx 3″ from the top.
11. Sew the two lining pieces together, leaving a 3″ opening in the base.
12. Place the lining inside the outer, right sides together. Pin and sew.
13. This bit’s a bit tricky, but hold on in there 🙂 Invert the bag by pulling all the fabric through the hole in the lining
then sew up the hole. This always looks like it isn’t going to work, and then it magically becomes a bag, you’ll see 😉
14. Press the bag (again!) and top stitch around the top of the bag, as close to the edge as possible.
15. Measure from the top of the bag to the opening of the ribbon casing. Mark where the casing needs to be at each
side of pocket and sew around the whole bag, like tram‐lines (avoiding the pocket, don’t want to sew that baby shut!)
16. Measure across your body to determine the length of the handle and cut two strips of fabric as long as you need (plus 1″ seam allowance) by 2″ wide.
17. Sew a point on one end of the handle, and half the point on the other (this will make life easier later) and trim the
18. Use a knitting needle to turn the handle the right side out (Keep going, nearly done…)
19. Press the handle flat.
20. This is where you’ll be glad you half sewed the second point! Push the excess fabric inside to form the second
point and press.
21. Topstitch the handle as close to the edge as possible.
22. Line up the handle with the outer side seam of the bag and stitch across, following the topstitching on the bag.
The handle should overlap the edge of the bag an inch or so, for decorative effect.
23. Sew a decorative vintage button to the pointed bit.
24. Tie your ribbon to a crochet hook and thread through casing.
25. Gather the top of the bag slightly and tie a bow and you’re done!