For little tailors

This colorful butterfly summer bag for self-sewing is perfect for a picnic in the park or a day at the lake. Especially for children who like to work on their own and already have sewing experience, or for a parent / child weekend project, this bag is a great idea.

Casual summer bag

You need:

Outer fabric (cotton fabric):
Pocket bottom + handle
Width: 140 cm
Quantity: 50 cm

Inner fabric (cotton fabric):
Inner pocket + pocket top
Width: 140 cm
Quantity: 70 cm

Ironing fleece: H250
Width: 90 cm
Quantity: 20 cm

Magnetic closure for plugging

Transfer the cut pieces to foil. Transfer the markings (cuts) to the fabric. 1 cm seam allowance is already included.

2 x inner fabric pocket top (fabric is in the double material break)
2 x outer fabric pocket bottom (fabric lies in the double material break)
2 x inner fabric pocket (Stsoff lies in the double material break)
2 x ironing fleece Measurements Tasache on top (ironing fleece all around 1 cm smaller).

At the top, you can see what the cut pieces look like on the fabric.
Cut the pieces of cloth.
Iron the ironing fleece over the parts "pocket up".

That's how it's done:

Mark magnetic lock
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1. Mark magnetic lock

Place a part of the inside pocket with the beautiful side in front of you, the pattern points upwards. Using a ruler, mark 3 cm down from the markers and draw a small dot (1a).

Cut a small hole in the dots. Attach a portion of the closure as indicated on the package of the closure. The magnetic closure must be visible on the beautiful side. Do the same with the second inner fabric and the other part of the closure (1b).

Sewing summer bag Instructions
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2. Curl bag

Change the settings of your sewing machine:

  • Thread tension: 0
  • Stitch length: as long as possible

Tip: If you do not know exactly how to do this, look into the instructions for use of your machine.

Take a lower part of the outer pocket. Close up with a seam allowance of 1.5 cm from mark to mark (cuts) (2). But do not sew! Leave a lot of thread at the beginning and at the end (15 cm).

Do the same with the other lower outer fabric of the bag.

Sewing bag instructions
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3. Sew the bag

Turn your machine over again:

  • Thread tension: between 2 and 4
  • Stitch length: between 2 and 2.5

Take an upper outer fabric of the bag and put it with the beautiful side in front of you. The long side is at the top (3a).

Put on it a lower outer fabric of the bag (3b). The beautiful pages are on each other. The edge to be curled lies exactly on the edge of the upper pocket part.

Insert a pin (3c) on the right and left and at the markings. Both fabric pieces lie on the sides exactly on each other.

Take a thread by your side and pull it carefully. The thread must not tear (3d). If it does, pull it out and sew (curl) again. Hold the fabric lightly with the other hand. The fabric collapses, but only up to the inserted needle in the middle.

Push the fabric together until the edge of the lower outer pocket is exactly on the edge of the upper pocket (3e).

Bag curl instructions
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Do the same with the thread on the other side (3f).

Now insert the lower outer pocket with many needles to the upper outer pocket (3g).

Proximity with a seam allowance of 1 cm the whole inserted side. Connect at the beginning and at the end. Pull out the ripple thread. Open the fabric and iron the seam on top of the bag. Do the same with the lower and upper outer fabric of the bag.

4. Sew on the handle

Close the handles.

Henkel sew on instructions
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Sew on handles

Put a piece of fabric on the outside pocket with the nice side facing you (the pattern is facing up). Place a handle on the right and left top of the bag's edge. Measure 1 cm from the edge on both sides (5a). Pin the handle with one pin at a time. Make sure the handle does not twist.

Put on a part of the inner fabric. The beautiful pages are on each other. Pin the whole side up and the small curves on the right and left (5b). Start at the handle. Gradually, carefully pull out the pins and put them through all the pieces of fabric.

Near the inserted side (seam allowance 1 cm). Close to it around the corner and sew at the beginning and at the end. Cut the curves until just before the seam at a distance of 1 cm (5c).

Do the same with the other pieces of fabric. Outside pocket, handle and inside pocket.

Sew turning opening
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6. Sew outer pocket and inner pocket together

Open both sewn pieces of fabric and put them on each other with the beautiful sides. The inner fabrics lie on top of each other and the outer fabrics on each other (6a). Stick the pieces of fabric around with pins straight across. At the transitions, make sure that the seams are exactly on top of each other (6b).

Mark on the inner fabric below a turning opening of 12 cm (6c).

Near the pages. But you do not sew the turning opening. Connect at the beginning and at the end.

7. Close the turning opening

Turn over the turning opening. Iron the seam allowance of the turning opening inside. Pin it across with three pins. Proximity as close as possible to the turning opening too. Slide the inside pocket into the outside pocket. Carefully pull out the handles.

Finished!

Sew summer bag
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