Friday, January 28, 2011

super easy library bag tutorial

Another birthday party, another present to make. This time for a 6yr old boy. Thought I'd do a quick, super easy, beginner style library bag, and of course a tutorial for you to be able to do the same for someone too! Fabric from my fav fabric store Peg's.

  • Material of your choice (I bought 50cm of quilters cotton fabric which is about 112cm long)
    • cut 2 x (13.5"L x 16"W) bag part
    • cut 2 x (17" x 4.5") straps
  • Sewing Machine & Thread
  • Tape Measure
  • Sewing Scissors
  • this photo was suppose to be sideways, oh well
    the 2 straps are on the top
    the bag part is below straps, with the 2 pieces facing each other and pinned
  • With right sides facing each other, pin down both sides and bottom of rectangle, make sure you check the print / pattern is not upside down
  • Sew along long side edges and bottom to create the bag / pouch
  • Iron sides seems flat / open (you can see in the below picture)
  • Keeping bag inside out, turn over the raw edge opening by approx 1cm and press with iron, turn another 1cm, press with iron and pin
  • Sew all the way around as per below, now it's all nice a neat
  • Now for the the straps.. take one of the 17" x 4.5" pieces you have already cut and iron both the raw shorter ends over by about 1cm (this will keep your straps nice and neat) then iron in half length ways, then fold long sides to touch the middle fold and iron (see below picture) then fold in half again and iron and pin

  •  Top stitch 2/8" from edges
  • Repeat for 2nd strap, see below example

  • Measure 3.5" in from one top end corner and pin bottom end of strap 1"down from top edge of bag opening, see below picture
  • Do the same for the 2 straps
  • Sew a 1" box then a cross in the box to secure straps in place, see below

Your done, and you made it!

Feel free to leave any of your tips for library bags or comments on this tutorial. I would love to hear from you.

Now go make!

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