Little girl bag: tutorial and pattern |Keeping it Real

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Little girl bag: tutorial and pattern

After making two girl bags using someone else's pattern, I decided to come up with my own pattern.

Mostly, I was looking for a cute way to close the bag. Little girls are always jumping around and a bag that does not close is an invitation for them to spread its contents all over the floor every five minutes.

So I spent a couple of days testing sizes and closing flaps and this is what I came up with.
 
                              DIY girl bag tutorial and pattern

This time, I also made an effort to document the steps it took me to get to the finished product, in order to provide you with a simple (but long, bear with me) tutorial. So, if you want to make a similar bag, download the pattern here.

You with need to cut six bag pieces, two from the outside fabric, two from the lining and two from batting. If your exterior fabric has a pattern, try to cut both pieces in a way that the pattern matches on both sides once you sew the front to the back.

                                DIY girl bag tutorial and pattern

For the flap you will need to cut three pieces, one from batting and two from your exterior fabric. If you decide to add an inside pocket (marked as optional on the pattern), cut two pieces, one from the outside fabric and one from lining. If you're very picky, you will also try to cut the flap pieces in a way that allows you to match the pattern of the fabric once the flap is attached to the bag.

Step one: pocket
If you do not want to add a pocket, skip this step and go directly to step 2. If you decided to make a pocket, that is the first thing you will have to sew. Pin fabrics right sides together and sew around the edges, leaving an opening at the bottom.

                               DIY girl bag tutorial and pattern

Trim excess fabric, clip corners and turn inside out through the bottom opening.


                              DIY girl bag tutorial and pattern

Pin the pocket to one of your lining pieces, making sure it is centered.

                              DIY girl bag tutorial and pattern

Sew around the sides and the bottom, taking care to close the initial opening.

                             DIY girl bag tutorial and pattern 

Step two: body of the bag
Start by pinning the two lining pieces right sides together. Sew around the sides and part of the bottom, again leaving and opening. Don't sew the top.

                           DIY girl bag tutorial and pattern

Next, do the same with the exterior fabric. Pin right sides together and then lay the batting on each side. Sew around the sides and bottom. This time you do not need to leave an opening. Again, don't sew the top.

                         DIY girl bag tutorial and pattern


Trim excess fabric and turn inside out.
                       DIY girl bag tutorial and pattern


Insert the outside piece into the lining, matching both fabrics right sides together and sew around the top. Pull the outside piece though the bottom opening of the lining.

                   DIY girl bag tutorial and pattern


Hand sew the bottom opening shut and tuck lining back inside the bag.

                 DIY girl bag tutorial and pattern

Step three: flap
Pin flap pieces right sides together, with the batting piece pinned to what will be the outside of your flap (trust me, it does make a difference. If you pin it to the other side, the seams will show through the fabric and your flap will be sporting visible bumps).

                DIY girl bag tutorial and pattern


Sew around the sides and the bottom. Turn inside out and press it flat. Fold each of the top edges and tuck it into the flap. Top stitch.

                          DIY girl bag tutorial and pattern 

Step four: finishing the bag
 Pin around the edge of the bag making sure the the lining falls strait on the inside. Pin the flap as well, making sure it is centered.

                DIY girl bag tutorial and pattern


Top stitch around the top.

              DIY girl bag tutorial and pattern

Step five: the strap
In all the bags I made, this has always been the most difficult step. With first one, I sewed the fabrics right sides together and then turned the strap inside out. But since I'm making the bags child-size, the strap is not wide enough to making the turning inside out an easy task. On the second one (this one), I discarded the two initial straps and, in despair, ended up using a matching ribbon. This time I used a different approach - a bias tape maker:


DIY girl bag tutorial and pattern

The end result? Not perfect, but not too bad either.

DIY girl bag tutorial and pattern

In any case, sew the strap the way you feel most confident about. Let me know if you have any good suggestions, since I will be testing the pattern again as soon as I can find the time. Attach the strap to the sides of the bag.

DIY girl bag tutorial and pattern

Step six: the snap
In order to keep the flap closed, sew or attach a snap in place.

DIY girl bag tutorial and pattern

At this point, you will have a finished bag. See how the fabric pattern in the flap almost matches the rest of the bag? To be honest, I never thought I could pull this through until the very end...

DIY girl bag tutorial and pattern

If you're like me, however, you will take it one step forward and add some sort of embellishment.

                      DIY girl bag tutorial and pattern

I added yo-yos and buttons in front of the flap and on each side (this can be useful if the seams attaching the strap are not very pretty and you need to hide them out).

                     DIY girl bag tutorial and pattern

This is my first pattern and I do have some improvements I want to test, but overall I'm happy with the results. I hope you enjoy it as well.


                    DIY girl bag tutorial and pattern

Now let's see if I can make some matching accessories to go with the bag...

And in case you missed the link to download the pattern in the middle of all the text above, you can find it here.


Enjoy,

keeping it real, craft blog

 
 





18 comments:

  1. Hi Teresa, I love your little bag and I am sure my daughter would too. Thank you for the free pattern I will give it a try! I found you at "show me what you got"...Hope you have a nice day... Elisa (lemonandlimethyme)

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    1. Thanks Elisa.
      I'm still looking for ways to improve the pattern, so let me know if you have any questions or problems.
      I hope you enjoy it.
      All the best,
      Teresa

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  2. That is very cute. Great job. :)

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  3. What a sweet little bag! Love the flower and button embellishment. Really adds a special touch!

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  4. I loved your Tip Me Tuesday link. {thanks girl!} Would you like Tip Junkie to feature your blog post to over 200,000 creative women? If you upload this blog post into your Tip Junkie craft room using at least 2 images, 2 steps, and blog post URL then I can easily feature it in my RSS feed, home page, and all my social networks instantly. {squealing with delight} ~ Laurie {a.k.a. the Tip Junkie}
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  5. Thank you Laurie. Upload is complete.

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  6. Very cute, Teresa! I especially like the embellishments. Pinned. I hope to see you again tonight at the Retro Re-Pin Party starting at 8 p.m. ET.

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    1. Thank you Julie, I'll be at the party for sure!

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  7. This is darling Teresa. Wish I had a granddaughter or a great niece to make this for. Thanks for your comment on my blog about my wool appliqued and embroidered pincushion. You are a no-reply, so I couldn't send you an email.

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    1. Thank you Daryl. And thank you for letting me know about the no-reply thing, I had. I'll see if I can fix it!

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  8. So cute! Definitely making a couple of these for Christmas gifts. Thanks for the tutorial!

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    1. Thank you Lisa! Good luck with your sewing and let me know in case you have any questions regarding the pattern!

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  9. The pattern is very cute and simple, however I'd like to know the seam allowance. I usually use 1/2", since iI know how to sew; for people who don't, knowing the seam allowance is helpful

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  10. How long did you make the strap? I love this pattern and it is so cute. I am making it for my niece.

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    1. Ah, to be honest I'll have to go back and review my notes, because I made this a while ago, but I think it was about 45 cm long.

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  11. What a great design for a purse. Great tutorial, bcuz Im not sure I would remember which tops to leave open, which bottoms to leave open, etc.
    For the straps I cut a strip of fabric a bit longer than I wanted the strap to be. I put a length of grosgrain down the middle on wrong side and folded each long side over to middle. and pinned. the first raw edge was concealed by the second raw edge which when folded didnt go all the way to the edge, but rather to the center. I pressed and pinned. Then I got to use one of my fancy stitches and sewed down the middle of the strip. This gave a design to both sides while sewing the raw edge piece in place. The Grosgrain ribbon added strength and some form. Then I folded over the ends and sewed in place.

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  12. That's a great idea, I need to remember it for the next time I make of of these bags! Thank you for stopping by and for sharing your suggestion!

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  13. CUTE CUTE CUTE put this together this afternoon. Excellent instructions! Will be making more for my granddaughters! Thank you so much for the free pattern

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