I've been writing a couple more (the Superhero cape included!) and if this one is popular, I will publish them over the Summer. All my projects take under 2 hours to make, start to finish.
YOU WILL NEED:
Just over half a meter of fabric. I've chosen two complimentary colours. Some batting, or fusible fleece. pins, thread, spray glue (optional), sewing machine, some felt if you want to make a little pocket and a big cup of tea (or wine)
MAKING THE OUTSIDE OF YOUR BAG:
If using batting, lay out your piece of top fabric face up, on top of your batting and baste it in position. You can use pins, a basting stitch or like me, a cheeky can of spray glue. Make sure if you're using basting glue you get the kind which is safe with your sewing machine.
If you are using fusible fleece (ff), then fuse the fleece to the top fabric as per the instructions on the packet.
Quilt the outside of your bag to the batting/ff to secure it in position. When I say quilt it, I mean run stitches through the layers of material to hold them together and make them look pretty.
If you've used fusible fleece, you can skip this stage if you'd like, but I think the stitching looks pretty, gives the bag texture and stability.
Once you've quilted the outside of the bag, add any decoration you would like to the front. You could add a little pocket, a rosette, or any decoration you like - the key thing is, now's the time to do it!
Once you're done, trim the excess batting so you are left with two pieces of fabric 12.5" by 14.5".
Place the two pieces of your bag right sides together and stitch them together with a 1/4" seam along the right, bottom and left hand sides, leaving the top of the bag open.
Time to box the corners of the bag to give it a nice square bum...
This is probably the trickiest bit of the whole project, and really it's not tricky at all.
Pick one of the bottom corners and squeeze the seams together so they meet in the middle. You've made a triangle at the corner of your bag. Measure and mark 1.5" down each of the edges and then draw a line connecting the two marks. Sew along that line.
Do exactly the same on the other bottom corner.
Now set aside your bag, put the kettle on and prepare to make yourself some handles!
Made your bag handles? Awesome! Lets attach them to the bag.
Turn your bag right side out!
Position the handles one on each side of the bag. Line them up so that they sit comfortably in the middle of the bag.
Pin the handles in place with about 1/4" sticking up over the top of the bag.
Stitch the handles in to place 1/8" of an inch in from the edge of the bag.
Cut two rectangles of the material you want to use for the lining of the bag - 12.5" by 14.5". Place right sides together and sew the left, right and bottom sides together. Leave a gap approximately 4" wide in the bottom of the bag. Box the corners using the same method as you did for the front of the bag.
When you're finished it should look like this, leave this part of the bag inside out:
Sit the outside of your bag inside the lining you've just made, which should still be inside out at this stage.
Pin the bag together to hold it in to place and then sew all around the top. Turn the bag right side through the gap you've left at the bottom of the lining.
Once the bag is all the way through and the lining is coming straight out of the top, sew up the gap in the lining that you used to turn the bag through. You can do this using your machine or by hand sewing, using a ladder stitch if you'd prefer an invisible seam. Once the gap in the lining is sealed, push the lining down inside the bag and press the top seam with a bit of steam to finish.