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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You Will Need
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.
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!
Carefully turn bag inside out.
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!