Gather your materials
**depending on the thickness of you chosen lining you may find it difficult at the end to stuff the bag into the strawberry - so best to err on the side of caution if you have a thicker material to measure a larger polka dot strawberry triangle.
2 x 30cm x 40cm
2 x 10cm x 60cm
15cm square (cut into 2 triangles along the diagonal)
2 x 9cm x 15 cm (for green leafy part)
40cm green cord
spring toggle (stop cord - the type found on the ends of jackets)
2 x 30cm x 40cm calico
iron your material flat
fold one of the pieces of material in half and iron - so that it looks like the piece of material on the .
a) as with the picture above - open up your folded strap
b) with the strap now opened up you should have a visibly marked midline
c) fold in the material into the centre as shown
fold the strap over again and iron
now iron each side of the strap to finish
**repeat with other strap so you have 2 complete straps
pin around your lining bag and sew both sides and the bottom - leaving the top open
grab your green material and hem with a 0.5cm sew allowance the two shorter edges of the fabric
a) fold the fabric in half
b) sew a line half way between the folded edge and the raw edge
pin the raw edge of the green fabric to the longest edge of the polka dot fabric.
this is what your strawberry should look like when it is flipped on its right side.
place the strawberry over the corner of one of you gingham rectangles.
**remember that you want the gingham bag with the longer side being the left and right of the bag
flip the triangle up and pin.
sew the strawberry to the gingham
**try and sew as close to the hem between the red polka dot and green fabric as possible (the one sewn in step 11)
now sew the other two edges of the strawberry to the bag
repeat with other gingham rectangle
**place strawberry on opposite side so that when placed next to each other they will mirror each other to make a larger triangle
***it is also important at this stage to make sure everything is even otherwise at the end when it is placed together it may be mismatched
a) sew up the side of the bag which has the strawberry
b) grab your spring toggle - remembering that you may need to tie a knot of in my case add a bead to stop the cord from slipping through the hole of the spring toggle.
c)thread the cord through the bottom rectangle of the green fabric (so that when your bag is tied up the top rectangle will bunch up like leaves)
d) make sure you grab 2 hair pins or clips. Use these clips to clip the cord onto the green material to keep it out of the way when sewing the bag up (at the end when your bag is done you can undo the clips and tie a knot so the cord doesn't slip)
OK, now you can sew the other two sides of the bag up - remembering to keep the top open and not to catch the green cord whilst sewing up the bottom.
HERE'S THE TRICKY PART
a) turn the gingham bag inside out
b) slip the lining bag inside you inside-out-gingham bag - so the RIGHT sides are facing each other
c) pin the straps between the RIGHT sides of the bag
d) sew the top of the bag closes REMEMBER to leave a GAP to turn the bag out through!!!
Turn the bag out through the gap at the top
Sew your gap close once the bag is the right way around and your almost done.
NOW stuff you bag inside you strawberry and you are DONE! =D you now have you very own strawberry bag