Remember the 10th anniversary giveaway? Well one of the winners of my indigo dyed shibori fabric made a wonderful knitting bag out of the fabric. This is the bag Penny made from the fabric.
She used the dimensions of another bag she had to construct this one.
She lined it as well and added a light interfacing to make it a bit more robust.
She used some directions for making the bag she got from Whitney Sews on YouTube
Lined Tote Bag tutorial (Whitney Sews)
adapted from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZgOrtH1A5g
(2) 3.5 x 21" for straps
(2) 16.5 x 17.5" for outside fabric (she used upholstery fabric)
(2) 16.5 x 17.5" for liner (she used basic cotton)
(2) 16 x 17 fusible interfacing (I used sheer weight; try medium weight next time, if using regular cotton for both bag layers)
Place the 2 pieces of outside fabric right side together.
Using 1/2" seam allowance, sew down one side, across bottom, and up the other side (leaving top open)
Repeat for the lining fabric.
To make bottom of bag:
Take hold of a corner and reposition so that seams are running down the center to the point. Poke a pin in the seam line, and you want it to poke out from the seam on the other side. Pin through.
With fabric flattened out, put ruler on top, lining up a horizontal line on the ruler with the seam line. Then position it so that the amount of fabric from side to bottom edges is 4". Mark a line, and then sew across it. Trim to 1/2" seam allowance. Do this for both corners on both outer and inner layers.
Place fabric right side down and press under 1/2" on each long side. Fold in half and iron again.
Sew down around all four edges.
Put outer bag inside the lining, right sides together; lining is on the outside. Line up the side seams, and secure with a couple of pins at top edge, at side seams. Insert the straps into the bag, between the layers, and with big loop of strap inside the bag. Straps should be 4.5 inches away from the side seams. Mark the space between the strap ends—to leave unsewn so can turn the bag. Sew along the entire top edge, except where marked to leave open (leaving open as much space as possible between the straps).
Turn the bag. Press the top edges. Top stitch twice around the opening, securing straps.
Thanks Penny for sharing your fun project