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So so
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Sewing

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Highland, Illinois, US
2008
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Sling bag tutorial

This is for all of the awesome tutorial writing crafters. Its my first tute and I went a little nuts with the pictures. I love making these bags, because I don’t have to use much interfacing. They are supposed to be big and floppy. I do like a little structure so I use some heavier fabric for either the main fabric or the lining. In this case, I’m using a mod print quilting weight cotton for the main (outside) fabric and a striped canvas for the lining.



Instructions

  • How to make a sling bag. Sling Bag - Step 1
    Step 1

    First you cut like crazy.

    Cut a long strip of each the main fabric and lining for the strap. 6x38 inches

    Cut 2 large squares out of both the main fabric and the lining for the body of the bag. 18x18 inches

    Cut a rectangle of the lining for an interior pocket. 8x16 inches

    Fuse interfacing to the pocket piece!

  • How to make a sling bag. Sling Bag - Step 2
    Step 2

    Here is everything.

  • How to make a sling bag. Sling Bag - Step 3
    Step 3

    2. Here is where it gets interesting…

    We are going to shape our bag. Take all four of your big squares and stack them up. (Outside fabric with wrong sides together and then lining fabric with outsides together.)

  • How to make a sling bag. Sling Bag - Step 4
    Step 4

    Fold the whole thing in half.
    Measure 3 inches in from the fold and make a mark.
    Measure 12 inches up from the bottom right corner and make a mark.
    Connect the dots! Draw a curve from one mark to the other.

  • How to make a sling bag. Sling Bag - Step 5
    Step 5

    Now cut that curve out.

  • How to make a sling bag. Sling Bag - Step 6
    Step 6

    Open the whole thing and you should have four pieces that look like this.

  • How to make a sling bag. Sling Bag - Step 7
    Step 7

    We are going to do the same thing to the strap by giving it some shape.
    Put your two strap pieces wrong sides together.
    Fold in half lengthwise (make shorter)AND THEN widthwise(make thinner).

    Measure in 1.5 inches from the center fold and make a mark.

    Draw a line from that point to the bottom corner. Cut that piece out.

  • How to make a sling bag. Sling Bag - Step 8
    Step 8

    Open the whole thing up and you have two gigantic bowtie pieces.

    . You mean we get to sew now?!!

    Put the straps right sides together and sew the outside lengths together. Leave the top and bottom open. Then you turn the darn thing inside out and I hate this part!

    Press flat and topstitch close to the edge along the sides.

  • How to make a sling bag. Sling Bag - Step 9
    Step 9

    Put the strap off to the side and grab the pocket piece and one of the big lining pieces.
    Fold the pocket piece in half with right sides together.

    Sew around the pocket, but leave about 2 or 3 inches for turning.

    Turn it inside out pop out the corners and press it flat.

  • How to make a sling bag. Sling Bag - Step 10
    Step 10

    Get the lining piece away from the cat.

  • How to make a sling bag. Sling Bag - Step 11
    Step 11

    Center the pocket on the lining piece; pin it down and stitch around the sides… you will catch the turning opening when you stitch it down.

  • How to make a sling bag. Sling Bag - Step 12
    Step 12

    4. Now we’re getting somewhere.

    Put the main body fabric right sides together and stitch along the sides.
    Do the same with the lining.

  • How to make a sling bag. Sling Bag - Step 13
    Step 13

    Flip the lining right side out with the seams now in the middle.
    Keep the main fabric inside out with the seams now in the middle.
    Put the lining inside of the main fabric and pin around one of the curves.
    Sew around that curve.
    Do the same thing on the other side.
    You will leave two openings for the straps.

  • How to make a sling bag. Sling Bag - Step 14
    Step 14

    Straps!
    Feed the ends of the straps up through the bottom of the bag and up through the holes we left. Make sure not to twist it and that the lining of the strap matches the lining of the bag. Pin them in and stitch them down really well.

  • How to make a sling bag. Sling Bag - Step 15
    Step 15

    Finishing.
    Turn the whole thing inside out and match the center seams together. Pin and sew the bottoms closed, but make sure to leave an opening in the lining for turning.

  • How to make a sling bag. Sling Bag - Step 16
    Step 16

    Turn it right side out… we’re almost there!

    Sew the lining closed either by machine or by hand if you want it to be completely reversible. ( I always put my tag in this seam.)

  • How to make a sling bag. Sling Bag - Step 17
    Step 17

    Flip the lining inside of the bag.
    Pin and topstitch around the curves.

  • How to make a sling bag. Sling Bag - Step 18
    Step 18

    Here's the finished deal!

  • How to make a sling bag. Sling Bag - Step 19
    Step 19

    Inside out!
    Please let me know if I don't make sense on something. That was hard work. Time for chocolate.

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Comments

Norita A.
Norita A.

Awesome! Thanks for the great tutorial..the colorful fabric too Happy

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Norita A.
Norita A.

Awesome! Thanks for the great tutorial..the colorful fabric too Happy

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heather R.
heather R.

how many yards of fabric are needed?

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Shannon L.
Shannon L. · 3 projects

Love how the cat's like, "I'm hellllping...I'm helping youuuuuuu." ;)

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Pam M.
Pam M. · 1 project

Awsome such a cute bag !1 make a awsome gift for my neice how is yurning 14 in a couple of weeks!! rite on tankx for sharing!!!

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Maria M.
Maria M.

Its really nice to see your four legging friend helped with the project.... so cute! Love it.

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GoddessGarb
GoddessGarb

I registered on this site just so I could thank you for this and the D ring bag tutorials. Both are SO awesome, easy to follow, and look too fun not to try immediately. THANK YOU!

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connie j.
connie j.

Great directions. Love the pictures.

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Kitten Luna
Kitten Luna · El Paso, Texas, US · 15 projects

nice fabrics!!! love the colours!!!! =D

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Sokje
Sokje · Almere, Flevoland, NL · 8 projects

I love how your cat interferes with almost every step xD

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