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Bow trend inspired pencil bag!
I had this really cool fake leather like fabric scraps that I got from a friend and I really wanted to do something cool with it. I also wanted a new pencil bag for the new school year. So, I looked online for cool pencil bag ideas and didn't find any that really went with my bag. But, I came across this tutorial http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=176509.0#axzz2N9mIp8vq and had the idea to add a bow on the front.

Posted by Pramodini Arela from San Diego, California, United States • Published See Pramodini Arela's 53 projects »

  • Step 1

    FOLLOW THE FIRST 11 STEPS OF THE Straight Sided Triangular Cosmetic Bag TUTORIAL AT http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=176509.0#axzz2N9mIp8vq.

  • Step 2

    DETERMINE THE SIZE OF THE BOW. The bow can be whatever width you want, and the length needs to be longer than the length of the bag. mine is about 10 inches wide and 10 inches long. If you want the bow to be fuller, you can double the width.

  • How to sew a bow bag. Bow Triangle Pencil Bag - Step 3
    Step 3

    SEW THE BOW. fold your rectangle or square in half so that it is longer than it is wide and sew along the perimeter leaving a 1 inch gap for turning.

  • Step 4

    FLIP INSIDE OUT. use a seam ripper or pencil to sharpen the corners. then sew the opening closed. if you want, you can top stitch instead.

  • Step 5

    BUNCH THE MIDDLE. Using a machine or a needle and thread, find the middle and do a running stitch along it. Then taking the bobbin thread, pull it and bunch the middle and tie off the ends. If you double the width, fold the fabric in half before you bunch.

  • Step 6

    CUT MIDDLE TIE cut another rectangle that is long enough to wrap around the middle of the bow and wide enough to cover the bunching. mine is 4 inches by 5 inches

  • Step 7


  • Step 8

    MAKE A RING. Sew the two ends of the little rectangle together and flip it around until the seam is inside.

  • Step 9

    PUT BOW TOGETHER. Push the ring onto the bow until it hits the middle. This may take a little effort, especially if your fabric is thick or stiff. You can secure the tie in the back with a needle and thread.

  • How to sew a bow bag. Bow Triangle Pencil Bag - Step 10
    Step 10

    PUT THE BOW ON THE FRONT OF THE BAG. you can angle it like I did, or you can sew it on straight. MAKE SURE YOU ARE NOT SEWING IT TO THE ANGLED SIDE SEEMS. You want to fit it to the rectangular body of the bag. Cut off the excess, tuck in the sides, and top stitch all around the bow

  • Step 11

    CONTINUE WITH THE REST OF THE TUTORIAL ON http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=176509.0#axzz2N9mIp8vq

  • Step 12

    YAYAAAYY. YOUR ARE DONE! now fill it with whatever you want.



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