While browsing the Anthropologie website last week, I saw this really cute bag. I could've choked when I saw the $498 price tag. So, I decided to have a go at making it myself. I'll have a how-to on it soon!
It took a few days (about 5 days) because I kept taking it apart and redoing it so I could get it to look like the picture. I think I managed to get pretty close to the real thing. I used the one color fabric as opposed to the contrast they used. I like it better all one color anyway. I also lined it with a fun white and yellow strip material (courtesy of a recycled shirt). It has patch pocket and a zip pocket on the inside as well.
What do you think?
The how-to has a lot of steps but hopefully you will like the outcome. I am excited to see your different versions!
-Draw your pattern like the one pictured at the left.
-Put your fabric down and trace the pattern out.The straight edge is your fold. Your bag should also be 11" from top to bottom.
-Cut two of these pieces out.
-Unfolded your bag should be 22" long at the top and 12 1/2" long at the bottom.
-Cut one strip of outer fabric that is 6" x 36" long
-Pin the strip to one of the outer pieces. (right sides together)
-Now sew it together.
-Pin the other outer pieces to the strip and sew it.
-You should have a super wide bag similar to the picture at the left.
-Repeat steps one and two for the lining.
-If you want to add pockets, add them before sewing the lining together.
-Pin the lining pieces right sides together and sew.
-Set the lining aside for now.
Grab the outer shell...
-Starting at the center of the bag make four pleats on each side.
-Make inverted pleats on the side panel
-After pleating, your bag should be about 11" wide at the top laying flat.
-Baste (wide) stitch it all the way around the top to hold the pleats together.
(Be careful when stitching. I messed my pleats up here and had to start over)
Grab the lining...
-Sew a baste stitch all the way around the top of the lining.
-Pull the bottom thread to gather the lining until it is the same size as your outer shell (11")
-Tuck the lining into the outer shell as illustrated. The wrong side of the lining should face the wrong side of the outer shell.
-Baste stitch them together.
Your bag is starting to take shape!!
Let's make the straps...
-Cut two pieces that are 20"x6"
-Fold and press the edges in 1" so pieces are 4 inches wide.
-Then fold the entire piece in half and press.
-Stitch the edges together
-Mark one inch from each end then fold the strip in half again.
-Starting at on of the marks, sew along the stitch you just made until you get to the other mark.
-Press the ends flat
For the band...
-Cut two pieces that are 24"x6"
-Press the edges in 1"
-Pin one piece to the inside of the bag as illustrated.
-Sew along the bottom of the strip
-Now pin the other piece to the outside of the bag and sew along the bottom as well.
-From the outside, your bag should look like the picture.
-Pin the other piece to the outside of the bag and sew along the bottom
-Pin the two band pieces together along the top
-As you pin, position the straps between the two band pieces and pin them in as well
-Sew everything together
Let's make the bow...
-Cut two rectangles that are 10"x7 1/2"
-Pin them right side together and sew. Leave a small opening in the center of one of the long side for turning it right side out.
-Cut a small rectangle that is 1 1/2" wide and 2-3" long.
-Press the edges in 1/4" so the strip is 1" wide
-Fit the small rectangle around the larger one.
-Sew the ends together to form your bow.
-Hand stitch the bow to the center front of the bag.
You have your very own Anthropologie Inspired Ile Saint-Louis Bag!!!
Post your super cute version below