I have never made a bag despite having sewing lots of clothes and a few curtains. When I saw the tutorial on Handmade jane’s blog I knew it was time to take the plunge. I had some canvas fabric which had been colour test prints during a friends textile design degree. The lining fabrics were left over navy polka dot from a summer dress I made this year and the leaf fabric was a half metre random purchase that I didn’t have any plans for.
Jane’s instructions are lovely and clear – but please do keep reading them , if you are like me and still manage to do your own (wrong) thing. In the picture below – the handles need to be tucked inside…. but I managed to correct that before I started sewing.
I had enough canvas and lining to make two bags, the larger squared canvas I made two inches wider. The handles are longer ( about 3 inches) so I can carry them easily over my shoulder.
Don’t the fabrics look good together?
The instructions for the gussets are genius – really easy to follow, give a professional looking base to the bag, and will make you feel really clever as well. You even get left with some little gnome hats!
Can you tell I love them? You know I like to paint and write in my journals – the smaller bag will fit two large journals and a pencil case. I just need to be careful that I don’t stuff too much in.
Thanks Jane for the tutorial and Sue for the fabric.
P.S. Craftsy also have a free tutorial on making a similar bag that explains how to add a pocket on the inside of the bag. However I liked being able to go back and re read the instructions, so I preferred to follow Jane’s written ones.