Summercoat and cotton/linen pants become a lined bag
The summer coat was fraying so much that there was no helping it anymore and no thrift store would ever want it.
I did like the color very much and the "I believe in faeries" patch that I had added, so I saved it for this project.
The pants were good enough for a thrift store except for the zipper. It was broken. I hate replacing zippers in pants, so I decided to just use the pants fabric for lining of this bag.
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These are all my pattern pieces:
- 2 long and wide rectangles of both the outer fabric (green) and the lining (beige)
- 2 small rectangles for the sides of the bag, and lining
- 1 long strip of fabric for the shoulder strap
- 2 back pockets from the pants
- the faery patch
- 3 buttons that were still on the summer coat
* SHOULDERSTRAP *
For the shoulder strap I cut a length of fabric of 120 cm by 10 cm. (I did have to cut smaller pieces and sew them together to get this long a strip since my coat was not 120 long)
120 is right for me, measure what is right for you!
The finished width of this strip is about 4 cm.
Fold in the long edges and pin. About 1 cm on each side.
Put your bag (right side out) into your lining (which is right side in) so that the right sides are matching.
Make sure that your shoulder strap is in there too but is only sandwiched between the layers on the sides of the bag. It should not cross the stitching line anywhere else! Also make sure that there is no twist in the strap or you'll have to take your work apart again later.
This is the bag with everything on its rightful place.
Carefully fold in the edges of the flap opening and pin it.
You might also want to pin all other sides where lining and fabric were sewn together, or you might want to freewheel a bit (I pinned).
Sew close to the edge for a nice finished look.