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.
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!
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.
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.
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.