Cute DIY Bag

Making your own bag for the daily lunch is an interesting way to make sure your daily lunch is kept in proper conditions on your way to work. It is not that difficult to make this. all you need is some little stuff and some more time and patience, as it is a more thorough task than the usual ones.

Things to use:

  • Sewing Machine
  • Walking foot
  • Zipper foot
  • Needle hard enough for strong materials
  • Laminated cotton for the outside of the bag
  • Waterproof lining
  • Thermal batting
  • Polyester webbing
  • Coordinating extra-wide, double-fold bias binding
  • One 1″ side-release buckle
  • Fusible seam tape
  • See-through ruler
  • Tape measure
  • Wash away fabric marker
  • Scissors
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Bobby  pins
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Clips
  • Lighter
  • Paper
  • Laptop
  • Internet
  • Fabric pencil

Things to do:

  1. First things are first. You should start with downloading the template from the internet. Make sure when printing it do not select fit to page, as it will not have the actual size anymore. Take the fabrics you have, each one of the three, and cut them accordingly to the sizes. Then cut the webbing into 2 strips, one bigger and one the half of the bigger one width. Take the lighter and seal the ends of them.
  2. Take the waterproof lining and put it inside out and then take the fleece and the cotton and put them right side up. Take the template of the corner of the bag, put it over these materials in one of the corners, make some signs and start trimming the corner. 
  3. Take the fabric pencil and make 3 lines on the laminated cotton. Make sure that you start with one at 9″ the next one at 6″ and the final one at 9″ apart. this cotton has the thermal fleece inside and they are actually 2 layers. 
  4. Bring them to the sewing machine and stitch through the 2 layers. Stitch on each of the three lines. 
  5. The actual buckle of the bag will not be adjustable. You have to have this in mind when you stitch the tails to the back of the webbing. 
  6. Take the fusible team tape and place it behind the back of the webbing and as well behind each tail of the webbing. This will hold them in place. 
  7. Take the strap you just worked on and put it over the body of the bag. Make sure it is centered and that it has the end overlapping the curved part of the material. This is actually where the flap is.
  8. Make sure you have the zipper foot attached to your sewing machine. Sew the zipper to the material horizontally across the webbing and then stitch it accordingly to the sewing machine. If you do not know how to use a zipper foot, make sure you look at some tutorials first. 
  9. With that part of 12″of webbing you put it behind the line of the upper stitching. This should be at the curved end. This is the handle, so make sure the webbing is able to bow to have the handle formed.
  10. It is now the time to layer the body piece with the back sides together. Take the side pieces, and make sure you do the same thing with them as with the body. The lining wrong side should be facing up and the fleece and the laminated cotton right sides, facing up. Make sure they are stuck together with some clips. Now it is high time to make the edges. Make sure you use the bobby pins to hold the materials together and Then you can start stitching it at the sewing machine. 
  11. Take the body piece and the other 2 pieces and start forming the actual bag. put them on the working table and align them accordingly. Then, make sure you stitch them from the top down. 
  12. Take the bag and turn it upside down, 90 degrees and make sure the bottom edge is lined up. Sew it and then stitch it afterwards. Make sure you seal the stitch. Take the bag again and turn it again 90 degrees in order to line up the third edge of the bag. Make sure all the edges are aligned at the top. Do the same and then seal the stitch. 
  13. Your bag is now ready. All you have to do is to give it a nice finish as well. Make sure there are no big threads hanging around the inside or the outside, make sure the flap binding is stitched to the side biding using the same color of the thread. And now you can flip it and turn it outside out. 

Source: sew4home.com

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