Wednesday, 31 October 2007


This is my first tutorial so I hope you find it useful and easy!!

This is the finished bag. It has two shoulder straps, magnetic snap closure, it's lined and decorated with a vintage brooch.

Ok here goes:

(I leave 1/2inch seam allowance which is included in these measurements)
1. You need furnishing fabric -cut 2 pieces 13 inches (33 cm) wide at the bottom, 11 inches (28cm) wide at the top and 103/4 inches (27cm) high. Sides - 10 3/4inches (27 cm) long and 3 1/2 inches (9cm) wide. You need lining fabric (I used cotton) cut the same. You need furnishing fabric cut for the handles - 26 inches (66cm) long and 3 inches (8cm) wide.
2. Apply firm iron on vilene to the wrong side of the front back and sides of the bag fabric.
(You can get firm vilene here.)

3. Place the front and back of the bag right sides together and stitch along the bottom edge.
Press the bottom seam flat. Cut a second piece of firm vilene 13 inches long and 31/2 inches
wide and press it onto the bottom of the bag covering the seam.

4. Mark the centre position longways on both the side pieces and match them to the centre of
the bag. With right sides together stitch them to the bag body leaving about 1/2 inch at each

You should now have something like this:
5. Snip all layers up to the stitching lines and then stitch all 4 side seams. Turn to the right side.

6. Repeat all of the above for the lining fabric. You should now have two identical shapes in outer and lining fabric. Turn 1/2 inch hem around the top of the lining fabric and stitch close to the fold. Iron a piece of firm vilene on the wrong sides in the middle where the magnetic snap closures are going to go. Attach snap closures. (You can get these from u-handbag)

You should now have something like this:

7. Fold the handle pieces in half longways and press. Open up the handle and fold the edges in
to the centre ironed fold. Fold the two outer edges together. You should now have both raw
edges inside and a handle of about 1 inch wide. Stitch along the open side.

8. There are a number of ways to do this next bit but this is how I did it! First turn a 1/2 hem
around the top of the bag. Work out where you want your handles to be. I do this by putting
a pin longways into the centre point of the top of the bag both front and back. I then measure
an equal distance on either side of the pin and mark it. Line up your handle ends with the
mark and stitch on the inside of the bag.

9. We're nearly finished now :-) Take the lining and place it into the bag outer. Make sure you
have the wrong sides together.

Work the lining so that the side seams match up. Pin the lining into place ensuring that it entirely covers the bottoms of the handles. Stitch around the top of the bag very close to the top of both layers.
Press the bag and your done!
Note: There are some options that I haven't used in this tutorial that you may want to take advantage of. When you've got your lining cut out you might want to add an interior pocket before sewing the lining together. Before you sew the lining in you might want to make the base sturdier by adding a piece of bottom grid and protect the outside of the bottom with bag feet. (Both of these are available from u-handbag as above.)

Please leave me a comment to let me know what you think.

Tuesday, 16 October 2007

Craft fair getting nearer

The craft fair is looming now, it's middle of November. For anyone in and around Kent it is being held at the school in Edgerton on the 17th November. I'm trying to make enough stock that will sell without having loads of stuff left! I've made some cute felt brooches and some clutches and wristlets. What do you think?

Thursday, 4 October 2007

Bag for cooler weather

I have just made myself a bag for the cooler weather. I used a piece of remant printed furnishing velvet and some brown cord. The bag is lined with autumn leaves cotton fabric. The handles are faux leather toffee coloured and from

The bag has a pocket on the outside, flap closure and interior pocket.

Wednesday, 3 October 2007


I have posted a few items like these flat teddies on Etsy. Click here to go to my shop.

These teddies were easy to make. I joined some scraps together first and pressed them. I digitized the face and outline shape. I embroidered the face first then placed the teddy back fabric on top matching right sides together. I stitched the outline. I removed from the hoop, cut around the outline and turned right side out. I stuffed the teddy and handstitched the opening.