Thank you all so much for your interest and continued support in the early days of The Scottish Bag Co. In fact the support has been so great I haven’t had time to update our blog! This is the blog post where I am supposed to promise to be more regular with updates….famous last words …I’ll try.
On to the topic of this post, which is in response to feedback received from a number of persons recently, for me to blog about techniques, share some tutorials and talk about my work.
Whilst I obviously want to keep a few things to myself, a lot of what i’ve learnt has come from tutorials and posts made by others on the internet so it only seems fair that I do the same.
To get you started and wet your appetite, Ive written up a tutorial on our popular across-body bag for you to try at home. This tutorial was a specific request from some fellow bag makers so if you’ve never made a bag before, you may find it a little tricky but please let me know if this is the case and I can discuss some more basic techniques to help you get started in subsequent blog posts.
If you have any questions/thoughts on the tutorial, we’d love to hear from you!
Happy sewing, SBC xx
Basic instructions for across body bag with front pocket and inside slip pocket
Materials needed for this project:
• 1 yard outer fabric (I use oilcloth or décor weight fabric but quilting weight would work)
• 1/2 yard quilting weight lining fabric
• 1 yard fusible medium weight interfacing
• ½ yard fusible fleece (optional but gives nice padded feel to bag)
• two 1.25” rectangle O-rings
• 135cm 1” nylon/cotton webbing (for strap)
• Metal 1” slider
• 10-inch zipper
Note: If using oilcloth, a jeans needle and a teflon, roller or walking food is advisable but if you don’t have these then a bit of scotch tape or washi tape on the base of your normal foot (avoiding the gaps!) will also work fine.
Using the diagrams as a guide (they are not to scale but have all correct measurements marked on them), cut out the following:
Main bag – 2 outer pieces, 2 lining pieces, 2 fusible interfacings and 2 fusible fleece ( if using)
Front Pocket – 1 outer piece, 1 lining piece, 2 fusible interfacings
Inside pocket – 2 lining pieces, 1 fusible interfacing cut 2 cm shorter on both sides
In addition, cut out 2 rectangles of lining fabric and 2 of interfacing measuring 2inches by 4 inches for the strap tabs.
First, fuse your interfacing pieces to the corresponding bag pieces as follows:
Main bag – fusible on both outer and both lining pieces and fleece on both outer pieces
Front pocket – fusible on outer and lining piece
Inside pocket – fusible centred on one lining piece to leave a 1cm border on all sides
Strap tabs – fusible on each tab
Inside slip pocket
With right sides together and starting at the top left edge, hem down left side, across bottom and up right side. Turn pocket right sides out and using an iron, turn down and press the top edges 1cm. Topstitch along the top, close to the edge.
Find the centre of your pocket by folding in half and finger creasing to leave a mark and do the same to one of your main bag lining pieces. Measure approx. 6cm up from the bottom of the lining and matching up your lining and pocket crease marks, place your pocket (both pieces right side up) and pin. Starting at the top left corner, topstitch down the side, across the bottom and up the other side of your pocket to complete.
With right sides together and edges matching, stitch along the top of the front pocket outer and lining pieces using a 1cm seam. Flip the pieces over so the right sides are showing and wrong sides are together and finger press the seam before topstitching across the top edge (outer piece facing up)
Take one of your main bag outer pieces and with right sides facing up, match the front pocket bottom to the main bag bottom and run a baste stich along the bottom edge as close to the edge as possible.
To make your bag tabs, take one of your tab rectangles, fold it in half lengthwise and finger crease. Unfold and then using the crease you made, fold each side into the centre and then fold again so that both raw edges are folded into the middle and you are left with a 1-inch tab. Sew along the fold close to the edge and repeat the process for the other tab.
Attaching zipper and strap tabs
Take one of your tabs and feed it through a metal O-ring, right sides facing out.
Next lay out your front main bag piece (with front pocket) right side up and lay your closed zipper face down and centred along the top with the zipper pull on the left, matching up the top edges of the bag and zipper. Take your front main lining piece (without slip pocket) and place this face down on top of your zipper with top edges matched so the zipper is sandwiched between the layers. Pin/clip the zip to hold in place. Take your tab with O-ring attached and carefully insert, raw edges pointing up, between the zipper and main bag piece, 2cm in from the right edge. Adjust the tab so you have approximately 3cm of tab sandwiched between the bag and the zipper and ensure all top edges are still in line with the top of the zipper before pinning in place.
Stitch along the zip. Flip the pieces over so they are right side out, press the seam out flat (with fingers or if not oilcloth, with iron) and topstitch.
Repeat the process for the other side using the back main bag piece and back lining piece and ensuring that this time you place the strap tab 2cm in from the left edge.
Sewing the bag together
Take your bag and unzip the zipper most of the way before laying it out flat, matching the lining right sides together and the main bag right sides together (the zipper should be between the two sides). Starting at the bottom of one of the main body pieces, stitch a 1cm seam right up the side, going slowly over the zipper and stopping at the bottom of the lining piece. Repeat for the other side before stitching across the bottom of the main body pieces.
Stitch across the bottom of the main lining pieces leaving a good sized gap for turning.
To sew the corner seams, pull the bag apart with your fingers and match up the corner raw edges. Sew across each corner edge with a 1cm seam and repeat for the lining pieces.
Turn the bag right side out through the hole you left in the lining being careful not to rip the lining stitches and sew the hole shut in the lining.
Your bag is now finished and ready for use!