|Finished product measures 8 1/4 x 5 closed on flat bottom|
This fold over style bag uses very simple sewing technique to construct and very little fabric. It would be great for makeup, it's super light weight so you can keep it in your purse or luggage. Makes a quick easy gift..Bridesmaids perhaps!
2 pieces of outer fabric 9(W)x10(L)
2 pieces of liner fabric also 9x10
**I used decor weight for both if your using lighter fabric cut 2 pieces of fusible interfacing 9x10 and fuse to wrong side of outer fabric
3-4 inch piece of cord elastic or 1/4 inch what ever you have on hand - a hair tie would even work :)
1 button any size or style just make sure you elastic will loop over it comfortably.
3/8 inch seam allowances (more then 1/4 less then half or any of those will be fine this one isn't seamstress science)
1: Sew outer pieces right side together along the length sides and bottom(not the top!) set aside
Repeat step 1 for lining.
|outer and inner fabric cut to 9x10|
2: Press all seams open and line up corners for pleated bottom, measure 1.5 inches down from corner and make a straight line and sew along the line repeat for lining. Trim 1/2 inch from sewn lines press open with iron.
|Pinned and marked 1.5 inch from corner seam|
3: Place right sides together matching side seams. Pin along the top leaving a spot for a 3 inch opening in the front CENTER of the bag(either part is the front for now) for turning.Sew 3/8 inch from edge except for the 3 inch opening.
|sewn top edge with 3" opening for turning|
4: Turn bag through opening it will look like below....then gently push lining into outer, lining up all the seams and bottom.
|turned with right sides out|
5: Press top seam carefully lining them up and the 3 inch gap seam allowance. Form a loop with elastic placing raw ends in the gap in the center front of the bag (to find the center I lined up the side seams and pressed the center line with my iron) pin or hold elastic in place and begin sewing the top shut with a 1/4 inch top stitch from edge all the way around back stitching a couple times across elastic to secure. I added an additional small back and forth zigzag stitch to secure my tiny elastic loop ;)
6: On the center front of the bag measure 5 inches down and make a mark. Sew button directly over you mark going through both outer and liner. Tie off button from the inside and trim ends(I used fray check to hold the knot, I use it for everything ;)
|Marked center and 5 inches from top for button|
|Folded closed complete bag!|
|opened and standing on flat bottom|