We shared the details of our ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ Vignette with you all the other week and promised the tutorial to make your own cross-body bag so here we go…!
What you will need:
*50cm of medium-heavy weight woven fabric for the outside of the bag (I used Essex Yarn Dyed Metallic – Sand)
*50cm of fabric for the lining (I used Kona Cotton Solids – Eggshell)
*Medium weight fusible interfacing
*Paper to make your pattern
*This downloadable pattern guide sheet
*Magnetic snap fastener
*2 x D-rings
*General sewing supplies
PLEASE NOTE: Seam allowances are 1.5cm unless otherwise stated.
1. Draw out your paper pattern using the pattern guide sheets.
2. Using your paper pattern cut out your fabric. See the pattern pieces for how many pieces you need in the main fabric, interfacing and lining and fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the main fabric pieces. Remember the rough side is the glue side and use a dry iron. Mark on the snap placement marks.
3. Cut 4 extra pieces of interfacing approx. 8cm x 8cm.
4. Fuse these extra pieces of interfacing to the centre top of pieces B main, C main and E just inside the seam allowance as shown below. This is to add extra strength to the fastening and strap.
5. Cut a two 10cm pieces of webbing and slide a D-ring on each piece. Fold the webbing ends in so they meet in the middle.
6. Place them 4cm from the top of each of the bag sides piece (C main) on the right side where the extra interfacing is in the centre. Stitch a box with a cross in it to hold them in place. Go slow on the machine as it is a thick piece of fabric.
7. They should now look like this…
8. Attach the magnetic snap fastener to the pieces as shown on the pattern pieces.
9. Place pieces A and E right sides together lining up the sides and front flap edges.
10. Pin and sew around the top and side edges, pivoting at the corners and back stitching at either end.
11. Clip corners and turn to right side. Press with the lining rolled in to the inside slightly.
12. Hem the top edges of your side pieces (C main), and main front (B main) by folding them 1.5cm to the wrong side and stitching.
13. With right sides together pin one side (C) to your back/flap (A) piece align the bottom raw edges and the hem on the C piece should be in line with the raw edge of the flap lining (E).
14. Stitch taking care not to catch the flap lining making sure you lock stitch at each end.
15. Repeat with other side and press seams towards bag back.
16. With right sides together pin the bag front (B) to one of the sides (C) aligning the top hem and bottom raw edges. Stitch.
17. Repeat with the other side and press seams towards the bag front.
18. With right sides together pin the bottom piece (D) to the bottom of your bag.
19. Stitch, pivoting at the corners and being sure not to catch any of the bag up in the seam.
20. As best as possible, press the seams toward the bottom of the bag. Under-stitch along the two long sides as much as is possible. This will help to strengthen base of the bag.
21. Turn to the right side and push out the bottom corners.
22. Place your lining side (C) pieces right sides together with one of the lining front pieces. Pin and stitch.
23. Place the other lining front piece right sides together with the other side of the lining side (C) piece. Pin and stitch. Press all the seams towards the bag sides. You should now have a tube.
24. Pin the lining bottom piece in place and stitch as you did with the main bag pieces in step 19.
25. Fold the top edge of your lining 1.5cm to the wrong side and press.
26. Turn the bag lining so wrong sides are facing out. Place the right side of the fold you made in step 25 so it is sitting on the flap lining about 4mm away from the raw edge. The rest of the bag lining should be lying between this side and the bag flap. Without shifting the placement, unfold the edge of the bag ling and pin down through all layers of the bag.
Red line is where the raw edge of flap lining is. Blue line is the fold line on bag lining.
27. Using the fold as your stitching line, stitch along the flap from side seam to side seam. Make sure you don’t catch in the rest of the lining. You may find it helpful to place it under the free arm on the machine to keep it out of the way.
28. Push the lining into the bag so wrong sides are together.
29. Pin the folded edge of the remaining three sides to the top hem of the bag and pin in place matching the side seams.
30. Stitch together by hand using a slip stitch. When you get to the corners with seam allowances make sure you only catch the outside of the bag in your stitches and the seam allowance will slip between and be hidden.
31. To make the adjustable carry handle slide the slider through the webbing like this (over the centre bar)…
32. Then thread it through one of the d-rings on the bag so the slider faces the right way.
33. Thread it back through the middle bar on the slider like this…
34. Fold over the raw edge and stitch using the box shape used before.
35. To attach the other side simply pass the other end of the webbing through the other d ring taking care not to twist it, fold the raw edge under and stitch in the same way.
Ta da!! Enjoy using your new bag… everyone will want one!