Maddie wanted me to make her a bag to carry her bits and bobs in, so I seemed to spend endless hours working out exactly what I wanted to make…looking at loads of tutorials and trying to figure out a few pieces for myself.
The finish was perfect for her and both she and I love it! It has a zip to completely enclose the contents and a little pocket on the front to store her littlest treasures in.
The whole tutorial is pretty long so I thought I’d split it into two…here, I’ll lay out how I sewed together the front piece with it’s zipper pocket and the top opening zip piece, check out the rest of the tutorial here!
So here goes…
// Here’s what you need (for the whole bag)
*outer fabric and lining
*webbing for the strap
*two zips not pictured (6 inch red pocket zip and 7 inch green zip for top opening)
// Cut front piece of outer fabric 10.5 inches (width) by 9 inches.
// Cut a smaller piece of red fabric for your pocket lining (8 x 9 inches) and iron your interfacing to this.
// Place outer fabric and pocket lining pieces right sides together, with the pocket lining 1 inch from the top of the main fabric. Using a pencil to mark the centre of the top edge of each piece, make sure these line up (this avoids any unnecessary Maths!). Pin.
// Measure from the top of the pocket lining 1.5 and 2 inches. Mark at either end and draw a horizontal line for both measurements, the whole width of the pocket fabric.
// Measure in 1 inch from each side and draw a vertical line between the two horizontal lines. This should create a long, thin rectangle.
// Calculate the central line (by measuring the width of the rectangle and marking the exact centre – do this at each end and join the marks with a line).
// Join the centre line to the corners to create a little triangle at each end (as shown in the picture above).
// Sew around the rectangle marked.
// Cut along the centre line and triangle edges….NOT along any of the rectangle edges!
// Push the pocket lining through the gap.
// On the wrong side of the outer lining, iron the pocket lining flat. I then used a little double sided tape along each edge of the gap to hold the zip in place.
// Place the zip on the double sided tape and press down, the right side facing the same direction as the main, outer fabric.
// This is how it looks from the front. You can manoeuvre the zip until you have got it positioned how you would like.
// Sew around the zip edge.
// Turn to the wrong side and fold the locket lining up so the top and bottom edges meet. Pin.
// It should look like this from the back…
// …and from the front!!
Now it’s done and ready to sew into the main bag.
I used the exact same technique to sew the top zipper into place.
Use your outer and lining fabric pieces…10.5 x 2.5 inches.
*Find the centre of the fabric piece for the rectangle to be drawn.
*Draw and mark your rectangle centrally, making sure it has a width of 0.5 inch, with the small triangles at each end.
*Sew around rectangle edge.
*Cut the line and triangle edges.
*Push the lining fabric through and iron flat on reverse.
*Sew in place.
Image above shows positioning before I sewed around the edge of the zip…don’t sew around outer edge of fabric – leave open.
You can see how the front zipper pocket looks in the picture below…perfect for stashing her favourite ‘Frozen’ Top Trump cards!!!