I have always loved sewing and making things. My mom taught me to sew when I was a little girl. In high school I took a class called "clothing construction" and loved it. After graduation, I went on to get a B.A. in psychology. It wasn’t long before I realized that I wanted to do something more on the artistic side so I went back to school for fashion design. Eventually I started making and selling downloadable sewing patterns. You can find my patterns on alifosterpatterns.com and alifoster.etsy.com. I also have a blog where I share tutorials and things I find inspirational. Please stop by and say hello!
Today we are making a mini fold over messenger bag. Let's get started!
Exterior Fabric: 1/2 yard
Lining Fabric: 1/2 yard
Canvas Fabric (used as interfacing): 3/8 yard
Cording or Substitute for the Strap: Desired Length + 1”
1 Magnetic Snap
2" x 7.5" Piece of Plastic Canvas or Substitute (for the base of the bag)
Print the pattern pieces (found HERE). Cut out the pieces and tape them together as indicated. A 1” x 1” print test square is included. Measure this square to ensure that the pattern pieces have printed at the correct size.
From the exterior fabric:
Cut 2 piece A
From the lining fabric:
Cut 2 piece A
Cut 2 piece B
From the canvas fabric:
Cut 2 piece A
A. Pin the canvas fabric pieces to the wrong sides of the exterior A pieces.
D. Match the side seam line with the bottom seam line at one of the corners. Pin in place and stitch a ½” seam. Repeat on the other corner.
E. Trim the seam allowances at the corners about half way to reduce bulk. Turn the bag exterior right side out and set aside for now.
Step 4: The Lining
A. Align the 2 pocket B pieces with the wrong sides facing out and pin. Stitch 1/2” seams along the four sides, leaving a 2” opening (approximate) on one side for turning.
C. Pin the pocket to the right side of one of the lining A pieces. Place it 7” down from the top edge and centered between the sides. Remember that the stitched edge is the top of the pocket. Stitch 1/8” seams along the sides and bottom (you will close the opening along the way).
D. Following the manufacturer’s directions, attach ½ of the magnetic snap to the lining piece A. Place it 1.25” down from the top edge and centered between the sides. TIP: For added reinforcement, place a square of fabric that is slightly larger than the snap on the back of the snap on the wrong side of the fabric. I like to use canvas or felt. Attach the other half of the snap to the other lining piece A.
Step 5: Finishing
A. Place the exterior bag inside the lining (with the lining inside out and the exterior right side out). Pin around the top edge. Stitch a ½” seam.
B. Reach through the opening in the lining and pull the exterior of the bag through. The lining will now be right side out. Slip the plastic canvas through the opening and place it in the bottom of the bag.
C. Fold the raw edges of the opening in the lining in and pin. Stitch a ¼” seam.
E. Admire your work!
TIP: Try adding embellishments such as bows, buttons, fabric flowers, doilies, etc.
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