Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Beach Bag Tutorial

The weather is getting warmer so the perfect time to make yourself a colourful bag for the beach !  

The fabric we used is Robert Kaufman Geopop Canvas by Emmie K, I totally love this fabric line & there's some more colour options see over on the Robert Kaufman Website 


1/2" Seams throughout unless directed otherwise.

1. First cut out your fabric; 

            2 x Outer Fabric 45cm x 50cm
            2 x Lining Fabric 45cm x 50cm
            2 x Outer Fabric  2.5inches( sorry for the change to inches used my patchwork ruler) x 80cm
            2 x Lining Fabric 2.5Inches x 80cm

2. Handles - Take the long pieces of fabric, (the handles) and fold the long sides over so they meet,

Iron flat,place both folder edges together and pin

Then Top stitch approx 1/4 inch from the edge.

Now you have your handles ready to attach to your bag !

3.  Attach Handles - Mark 51/2" from each edge of the top of your bag, and place the strap on the outside of the mark as shown below. Then sew with a 1/4inch seam back and forth a couple of time to hold in place.  (Tip, try to keep the handles at a right angle to the bag).  Repeat for both handles.

4. Sew Bag edges - Place fabric right sides together (Tip, I find it easier at this stage to pull the bag handles up out of the way), and using 1/2" seam sew the sides and the bottom of your bag together, as shown by the dashed line below.

5. Sew Lining Edges - in the same way as shown above for the outer fabric.

6. Make Boxed Corners - Take the bottom corner of your bag outer fabric and measure 11/2" from the seam as shown below;

Mark the 11/2" square, cut it out and then pull the seams together to form your boxed corner as shown below.  Sew this gap closed using the same 1/2" seam allowance.

Sew the gap closed using the same 1/2" seam allowance so now it looks like this;

Repeat the boxed corners for the lining also.

7. Now we can turn the lining fabric out so that the right sides are on the outside, push out the corners from the inside so it looks like this;

8. So we are almost done we just need to sew the lining fabric to the bag outer fabric ! To do this put the lining inside the bag so both right sides are facing, so the outer of the bag is still inside out.  Tuck the bag handles inside the bag. 

Now sew a 1/2" around the top of the bag but leaving a gap of the few inches between one set of the handles.

9. Next turn the bag the right way out through the gap you left.

10. Iron the top of the bag so it's flat ready for top stitching, and then top stitch (in a lovely colour thread) 1/4" or closer to the top of the bag all the way around this will close the turning gap we left.

11. Your beach bag is finished !!  

We had a great time making this at a recent Beginners Sewing Class I taught; 

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