I made this bag for my son who has started prep this year
and needed a library bag. My son (like many little boys) adores pirates, so
pirate themed cotton fabric seemed like the obvious choice for this project.
Materials needed: Fabric
Measuring 36” x 17” or 91.5cm x 43cms
Cotton Thread (ensure you have
enough for the bobbin too!)
Ribbing or Webbed Strap (or enough fabric to
make your own straps)
and/or a Rotary Cutter
(if using a rotary cutter)
Measuring Tape and/or Ruler
and Ironing Board
dependent upon your skill at basic ironing, measuring, cutting and sewing.
Notes: *For this
project all seams had a quarter inch allowance.
Fabric or Ducks Cloth could be used for this project.
fabric could also be quilted prior to construction of the bag.
Instead of Webbing for the straps, you could also construct the straps out of
Makes: A bag
approx 17” x 16” or 43cms x 40.1cms
and measure prewashed cotton fabric. Fold fabric in half so the measurement is
18” x 17” or 46cms x 43cms. Then cut in half, so that you will end up with two pieces of fabric
measuring 18” x 17” or 46cms x 43 cms.
To make the edges neater and to avoid fabric fraying,
fold and iron along one edge of the 18” (or 46cm) sides on each piece. Then fold over and
iron again. Each fold should be approximately half an inch (or just over 1cm). (This will also
create a nice look to the edge of the bag, as well as ensuring the bag’s
durability).*Note that this will be the
top of your bag if you are using patterned fabric.
Sew this hem with roughly a quarter inch (approx half a centimetre) seam allowance.
Then from that hem, line up the foot of your sewing machine and sew another
quarter inch seam. (Or the double needle stitch could be used if preferred).
Then face the two patterned sides together and sew
together along one of the 17” (43cms) sides. (Again with the double seam.)Repeat this step with the other 17” (43cms) side.
Then sew the bottom (the non double hemmed 18” or 46cm side). So what you end up with
is an inside-out pouch.
Once the bottom seam is done, you may wish to go over the
corners and give them a curved edge. I used a glass and tailors’ chalk to
outline the curve that I wished to achieve.
Next take your strap and cut it in half so that it
measures approx 64.5” or 164cms. Pin the straps to the inside of the bag approx 4.5” (or
12cms) in from the sides. While the straps are pinned, check that they are the
length and the look that you require.
I chose to have the strap sewn on the outside;
however the strap could also be sewn on the inside. I also decided to continue
to use the white cotton thread against the black webbing (and I must admit that
for demonstration purposes this stands out well!) however any colour thread, or
webbing you choose is up to you.
Once happy with the strap placement, begin sewing a cross
in a square. (Going over these seams when using cotton thread, is also advised
to ensure durability). Sew on all four ends of the straps to the bag. Your bag
is now complete!