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Definitely "not a funeral".
Lately Mr. Mad and I had to go to a funeral.
Shortly before we left the house I was desperately seeking for a small, black handbag - I only have the one made from records and a big shopper bag, both not suitable for a funeral, and finally I ended up with all my necessities stuffed into the pockets of my coat and I decided that I really need a small, black, nice bag soon.

I began to draft a pattern and went through my stash, sewed... and here's the outcome:

Definitely "not a funeral".
But FUN surely. Hope you'll have some fun putting this bag together...

* Download the pattern (pdf-file)
* Print out the pattern pages and glue them together, matching the alignment marks
* Cut out paper pattern pieces (all pieces contain 1 cm seam allowance)
* Cut your fabrics and interfacing, mark notches
* Interface the exterior pattern pieces as indicated from the manufacturer.

A note on the interfacing: I interfaced all exterior pieces with fusible interlining first and after joining pattern pieces A and B also interlined all exterior pieces with a thin batting to add some "body". You can see the quilting lines if you have a close look at my bag.
This is not neccessary, so you may skip this step. If you add a batting too, make sure to cut the batting close to the seam allowances after every following step to reduce bulk in the seams!

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  • How to make a shoulder bag. Not A Funeral Bag - Step 1
    Step 1

    With right sides together sew pieces A and B together.
    Press seam allowances towards main fabric (yes, my picture is wrong... sorry about that!).
    Topstitch about 1/8" from the seam.

  • How to make a shoulder bag. Not A Funeral Bag - Step 2
    Step 2

    Pin or baste the sides to the bottom of your bag, aligning notches.
    Clip seam allowances in the rounded corners.
    Press seam allowances to either side, whatever suits you better.

  • How to make a shoulder bag. Not A Funeral Bag - Step 3
    Step 3

    Sew the short sides of pieces D together with right sides facing.
    Press seam allowances open.

  • How to make a shoulder bag. Not A Funeral Bag - Step 4
    Step 4

    With right sides together, sew piece D to the bag, aligning the seam you just made with the notch on top of pattern piece C (the bottom).

  • How to make a shoulder bag. Not A Funeral Bag - Step 5
    Step 5

    Press seam allowances towards the top piece.
    Topstitch about 1/8" away from the seam.

  • Step 6

    If you want to add an inside pocket, do so now. The center of the lining is marked so it's easier for you to place the pocket.
    You may add a plain one like I did, a sewn-on-one or a zippered. Feel free to do what you want and what matches your needs.
    A tutorial on inside pockets is planned but would go beyond scope for this entry.

    When you have attached your inner pocket, repeat the above steps with the lining pieces.

  • How to make a shoulder bag. Not A Funeral Bag - Step 7
    Step 7

    Cut handles according to the pattern piece or with the given measurements.
    Interface and fold like you proceed for a double-folded bias band.
    Very close to the edge sew the long side closed.
    Topstitch along the other side and down the center of the handle.

  • How to make a shoulder bag. Not A Funeral Bag - Step 8
    Step 8

    Baste handles to your exterior bag, aligning the inner edge of the handle with the marks on the bag.
    Be careful not to twist the handles!

  • Step 9

    If you want to add a magnetic closure to your bag, do so now.
    Marks are found on pattern pieces D.
    Make sure the magnetic closure is fixed to the LINING pieces, not to the exterior!

  • How to make a shoulder bag. Not A Funeral Bag - Step 10
    Step 10

    With the right side of the exterior bag and the left side of the lining bag facing out, slide exterior bag inside lining bag.
    Align seams/notches.
    Sew across the top, leaving a 4" opening for turning.

  • How to make a shoulder bag. Not A Funeral Bag - Step 11
    Step 11

    Carefully turn bag inside out.
    Press seam.
    About 1/8" from top edge topstitch all around, closing the opening gap.
    If you want, go back and forth a few stitches where the handles are attached.

    I apologize for the bad quality tutorial pics, but I made them up after I had my bag finished. I can't draw and I am aware of it, but it was fun making it this way... think I will get back to this!

    If I missed something or if something isn't clear, do not hesitate to contact me.
    If you liked the tutorial and the pattern - fine! Let me know and feel free to send me a picture of your creation, but most of all: HAVE FUN!

    Please respect that this pattern/tutorial is for personal use only!

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The V.
The V.
This is one of the best purses I've seen posted here. The only down size is there is no pdf file I can find but you do have instructions which many other people don't have. I hope to someday make this purse. Thanks for showing us how.
water and fire fairy
water and fire fairy · 8 projects
love it!!
Dorine C.
Dorine C. · Cardiff, Wales, GB · 3 projects
Lovely fabric and cute bag too!
sew-mad · 11 projects
I think it's a Jane Sassaman fabric, but I don't remember the actual name of the design.
So · Hanover, Lower Saxony, DE · 65 projects
cute!! your fabric reminds me of desigual clothes!! Happy

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