I love little bags. They are so useful for organizing and make such an easy and personal way to wrap a gift.
This little bag is the perfect blank slate for your creativity. You can pick any color, add embroidery, a handle, and even try out different closures. With this bag I added the handle and used a wrap around tie closure.
Ok, let’s get to it!
- 1/2 yd Outer fabric (I used Moda Marbles 9804)
- 3/4 yd Lining fabric (I used Swizzle Stix Grey)
- 3/4 yd 60″ wide interfacing (I used White Tricot)
- matching thread
1. Cut fabric into the following dimensions
- Body- 15″ x 30″ cut 1 from each the outer fabric and the lining fabric
- Handle- 5″ x 30″ Lining fabric
- Tie- 38″ x 3″ Lining fabric
2. Cut interfacing into the following dimensions
- Body- 15″ x 30″ cut 2
- Handle- 5″ x 30″
3. Attach interfacing to the wrong side of both body pieces and the handle piece. If using sew in, sew along the edges inside the seam allowances. If using iron-on, iron on to the body and handle pieces.
4. Fold the Body Fabric in half and sew the short sides. Be sure to leave a section of one of the sides of the lining open to turn the sack at the end.
Decide how wide you want the bag. I used a my favorite size gladware container (GladWare Soup and Salad Food Storage Containers, 24 oz, 5 ct) to measure how big it needs to be.
Use a pin to mark the “ears.” I have found this to be easiest if I put this on a grid mat, like this June Tailor 18-Inch-by-26-Inch Gridded with 17-Inch-by-23-Inch Grid Rotary Mat With Handle and make sure that the line I am drawing is perpendicular to the seams and the same length on both sides. By using the grid mat I can be sure the everything is straight and even, so my bag doesn’t end up cockeyed.
If you are not using a gladware container, I made my line 3″ in and the line is 6″ long.
5. Sew along the line you drew for the ears. Be sure and remove the pins as you sew. Your sewing machine will thank you.
6. At this point you can trim the ears and zigzag or serge the cut fabric. Turn outer fabric body right side out.
7. Let’s start the handle. Using the handle fabric, fold in half and sew along the long side. Turn right side out and tuck in ends. Top stitch all around edge of the handle.
8. Decide on handle placement. I put the handle 5″ down from the top. It could go down farther to allow more “flip over” at the top when the bag is done. It is a personal choice.
Sew a square on the end of the handle to attach it to the right side of the outer fabric body. Do both sides.
9. Tie closure- fold the tie closure in half and sew the long side. Turn right side out using what ever method works best for you. Tuck in the ends and top stitch all around edge of the tie.
At this moment I would like you to notice the foot I am using on the sewing machine. This is a Blind Hem foot or the R foot if you have a Brother sewing machine. It is perfect for doing top stitching since the little fence keeps your edge from wandering and your stitches are then a neat and even distance from the edge.
10. Mark the middle of your tie with a pin and place it on the fold at the bottom of the bag. Attach it to the bottom of the bag. I sewed the tie an inch off the center fold on each side of the bottom.
11. Now the outer bag is done and we can attach the lining. Tuck the outer bag inside the lining bag with right sides together. Be sure all the straps and ties are tucked inside and out of the way. Match the seams and pin along the top edge. Sew.
12. Turn right side out through the hole you left in the side of the lining. Top stitch around the top of the bag and then slip stitch the opening in the side closed.
Now you are all done and your bag is ready to pack with whatever goodies you can stuff in it!