handmade bag

Materials used :

– two types of fabric, one for the outer bag  and one for the lining 

– thread, pins, safety pin…

– sewing machine

– iron

Step 1. Pattern

This is a sketch of the upper part of the bag – just to give you an idea. Feel free to use it. Just print it with 0

margins to its full size and add a rectangular to obtain the full size bag pattern. Alternatively, you could trace a bag

you already have (which is actually what I did to obtain this one).

Step 2. Cutting the fabric

Cut out the pattern twice from each fabric, so you obtain four identical pieces. 

Step 3. Take one of each fabric and pin the handles together, right sides facing. Sew the curved parts, but

leaving the

handles open at the very top (so you sew the two side curves and the middle U-curve).

Step 4. Make small cuts around the curved edges, perpendicularly to the seam. This will result in a smooth curved

edge when turning the fabric.

Step 5. Attach a safety pin to the top of one of the handles an turn it inside out by sliding the pin inwards.

Next, with an iron press flat, shaping the handle.

Step 6. Using the safety pin again, insert the handle you just turned and pressed flat into the other handle

making sure outer fabric is facing outer fabric, and lining is facing lining, like shown in the pictures, and pull it all

the way up, through the handle, and out again.

Step 7. Secure by stitching back and forth a couple of times.

Remove the safety pin and pull the handle out again. It should look like this.

With the iron, now press the other side as well. You’ll get something which looks like this:

8. Repeat with the other set of fabric and lining.

9. Fold open each set and put both sets on top of each other, right sides facing and lining facing lining, outer

fabric facing outer fabric. Stitch the side and bottom seams together now, but leaving a small opening in the

lining somewhere to turn inside out. Sorry, I have no pictures of this part – I knew I forgot something… But I’m

sure you can figure this one out!

10. Turn the bag inside out through the opening you left, shape and iron flat all seams. Close the opening in the

lining… and done!


 handmade bag