A go-everywhere kind of bag
This is a go-everywhere kind of bag that is large enough to hold everything you need for a day out.
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Here's what the finished bag looks like. You can make it any dimensions you want, but mine is 13" long, 10" wide, and 2 1/2" deep. The strap is 40" long and the flap is 7 1/2" long. Use these measurements (plus 1" for seam allowances) when cutting out your fabric, or create your own. I've also made this pattern very small (about 6" x 4" x 1/2") and it came out great.
Cut out your fabric. The photo shows the pieces you need. From top to bottom: cut 1 "flap" of fabric and 1 of lining; cut 2 "front and back" of fabric and 2 of lining; cut 3 "gusset" sections from fabric and 3 from lining (two gussets are the same size, and one is slightly smaller, for the bottom of the bag); cut 1 "strap" from fabric and 1 from lining. The dimensions of the pieces should be the finished dimensions plus 1" for seam allowances.
If you're using interfacing, sew or iron it on first to each of the pattern pieces. I ironed mine on to the lining, since I used kind of a thin cotton for the lining and it needed some toughening up.
Next, sew the 3 gusset pieces together at the short ends, with one long section on each side of the shorter section. You should have one long strip of fabric with two seams. Press the seams open.
Next, pin the gusset to one of the "front and back" pieces (which are identical at this point). The photo shows what this should look like.
Pin the rest of the gusset on and stitch; trim the seam and clip the corners. Stitch the gusset onto the other "front and back" section in the same way. The photo shows what it looks like when both sections are pinned/stitched to the gusset - you can see the bag starting to take shape.
Turn the bag rightside out when both sides are stitched, and press seams.
Next you're going to make the flap that attaches onto the front of your bag. First, attach one half of a magnetic snap to the lining. Pin the fabric and lining flap sections together and sew around three edges, leaving one long edge open. Trim seam, turn rightside out, and press. Sew optional trim around the edges. The photo shows what it looks like when finished.
I made two interior pockets - cut four rectangles from the lining material. Pin two pieces together for each pocket, sew around the edges, and leave a small opening for turning. Trim seams, turn, and press. Pin the pockets to the "front and back" lining sections. I made one a pen and pencil holder (in photo on right) and one is a regular pocket with a Velcro closure (in photo on left).
Topstitch around edges of each pocket; topstitch in 1-1/4" rows for pen holder.