Remember the bag I made for Ms. K? The “Boob Bag”, as my husband called it, turned out so nicely that I made one for myself.
Since I planned to make a pattern, and I would rather it were simpler to explain, I made it a simplified version. Now you can make your own with my free pattern and step by step instructions.
I made this bag with two half yards, the flower pattern is the Kaffe Fassett Potentilla Lavender. I also used a fusible fleece as interfacing as well as a decorative button and beads.
On the top front of the bag I embroidered my initial and sewed a heart button. You can choose some other decoration, perhaps a flower brooch.
These are the steps for making the bag:
1. Download the pattern from here. Cut the pieces as specified in the pattern.
2. Join the top and bottom outer pieces for the front and back of the bag. Add decoration now.
3. Match a piece of fusible fleece to the front and back outer pieces.
3. Fuse the outer pieces to the fleece.
1. Join the top and lower pieces for the lining, pinning the zipper in between.
2. This is a close up of the previous photo.
3. Join with the zipper foot of your sewing machine.
4. Repeat on both sides, this is how the lining looks after installing the zipper.
1. Join the outer pieces.
2. Pin, sew and cut a wedge out of the corners to create a curved volume.
3. This is how it looks on the outside. Repeat with the lining.
4. Sew the straps, after applying fusible fleece to one of the sides.
Now join the outer part and the lining at the same time installing the straps. I forgot to make photos of this part, but it’s easy if you’ve made anything lined before.
I made a zipper pull using wire and beads. This is how the bag looks when closed.
I also made matching pen. You can see more on these pens in this post.
I really like my new bag (I’ve been using it for weeks now). If you are somewhat-skilled with your sewing machine, and understands the basics of installing a zipper you can make one of these. I added internal pockets to mine but I wanted to keep this one simple. Add the pockets if you can do it on your own.
As long as you don’t distribute or sell the actual pattern, you can do what you want with the bags. And if you sew a bag using my pattern, be a darling and send me a photo. It will make my day.