As promised, I have finally put together the pattern for this bag! I have included the option of having either the bird, or the stripe. I recommend using an upholstery weight fabric for this project, as it will withstand much more wear and tear.
What you will need:
- a copy of the bag-pattern
- 1 yard each of a solid colored fabric and a patterned fabric
- 2 large buttons
- 2 yards of strap material, 2″ wide (check your local hardware store…that is where I found mine)
- 1 yard fusible webbing (iron-on, medium-heavy weight)
- embroidery thread
- matching thread
- one 2″ three-bar slide
- one 2″ D-ring
Wash, dry, and iron fabric (especially if it is 100% cotton). Place the inside pocket on the solid fabric and cut out.
Place the fusible webbing on the remaining solid colored fabric and iron on wrong side. Do not remove the paper backing yet. Align the front and back panels, bottom panel, side panels, and front flap on the solid colored fabric and cut out (don’t forget to do 2 of the ones marked “x2″).
Align the front and back panels, side panels, bottom panel, front flap and button loop on the patterned fabric and cut out (again, don’t forget to do 2 of the ones marked “x2″). You will need two of the front flap in the patterned fabric.
Fold the fabric for the inside pocket on the dotted line and press with iron. Sew along the top of the pocket at 1/8″ and trim ends. Align the pocket on the back panel of the patterned fabric where the corner notches are. Make sure that the inside of the pocket (the wrong side) is facing the right side of the patterned fabric. Sew the pocket onto the fabric along the two sides and bottom at 1/8″. Trim ends.
Decide what design you would like to do (bird or stripe), and cut out from the solid colored piece of the front flap. Remove the backing of the fusible webbing. Using the embroidery thread, sew an outline around the pattern at 1/4″ using a running stitch. Place one patterned piece of the front flap right side up, and place the solid fabric right side up on top of it. You should be able to see the patterned fabric where you cut out either the bird or the stripe. Iron the two pieces together according to the instructions on the fusible webbing package.
Take all the corresponding pieces of fabric (one solid and one patterned) and pin together so the right sides of the fabrics are facing each other. Sew along three sides of each piece. On the front, back and side panels, sew together all but the top edges. On the bottom panel, sew together all but one of the smaller side edges. For the front flap, sew together the two sides and along the bottom. do all this sewing at the 1/4″.
Turn each piece inside out. Fold the last side in at 1/4″ and sew to close the hole.
Iron each piece of fabric to fuse them together, making sure both sides of the fabric are aligned. Pin fabric panels together where they will be sewn together. Pin so that the outside of the bag is facing in. Sew along all the edges at 1/4″.
Cut 5″ of the strap material. Loop through the D-ring along the flat edge and sew together. Place on one of the side panels. Sew and “X” from corner to corner to secure. Sew the remaining piece of strap material to the other side panel and repeat the “X” shape. Feed the strap through the three-bar slide, then loop aroung the D-ring and feed back through the three-bar slide. Sew the strap together (when you look at it, there will be a loop around the middle bar of the three-bar slide. If you have trouble with this step, look at another bag that has an adjustable strap and copy it.
Attach the buttons where the “x’s” are on the pattern. Take the cut-out button loops, fold each long side at 1/4 ” and press, then fold in half length-wise again. Press and sew a line length-wise through each of the botton loops. Fold the loop in half, width-wise, and sew onto the front flap at the “X”. Be sure to sew the loop on the inside side of the flap.
**If you have any questions about either the pattern or the instructions, please leave me a comment and I will get back to you about it. I am very new to writing patterns, so some of it may be unclear.**
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