Thursday, July 7, 2011

Simple Summer Bag Tutorial and Pattern

Who doesn't want a fun new bag for summer?
Anyone? That's what I thought.
So here's a quick and easy way to make one for yourself.

First cut out your pieces. One for the front, one for the back, and a strap piece.
(Mine have a seam down the middle because I cut them out of an old pair of pants. I also sewed a couple strips of fabric together to make the strap long enough.)

 Pin the front piece to the strap with the right sides of the fabric together. Make sure to match the center bottom of the front with the center bottom of the strap.

 Sew together. Repeat with the back piece.

 Clip the curved edges.

 Repeat these steps with the lining fabric.

 Add a magnetic snap to the lining. (Just follow the directions on the package).

 Put the lining inside the bag, matching up the edges and pin together. You should see the wrong side of both fabrics.

Sew around top edge leaving a hole. Turn bag right side out through the hole.

Pin the edges again so they lay flat and topstitch around edge. This will also close the hole.

 Tie the top of the strap together.

 Iron your seams if needed and you're done!

 Now you have a bight new bag...

 or two...

 to enjoy for the rest of the summer!

Told you it was simple.

Here is the pattern. You can use this or make your own whatever size you need.
A little explanation on the strap pattern. You'll need to tape 4 of patten piece 2 end to end and one of pattern piece 1 on each end. (Basically you end up with a piece that's 3 inches wide, 60 inches long, and tapered on both ends.) Good Luck and Happy Sewing!

Here's where we link


  1. Hi Emily!
    thank you for the step by step on your bags! Such a cute idea! I'm gonna try this out and I'll let you know how it goes... ; )

  2. Very cute! Unfortunately with the new babe in the house I have a feeling my sewing machine may be getting a bit dusty!

  3. This bag is so cute! I would love to give it a try, but unfortunatley am having trouble downloading the pattern. Google is saying it isn't available. Could you email it to me?

  4. Stacey--The links have been fixed for the pattern, so it should work great now. :)

  5. This is really cute. I love it when a bag has a pop of color on the inside.

  6. Stopping by from the linky party and am loving this bag! It seems each summer I end up buying something similar from Target for at least $ I can make one for much cheaper - thanks! I'm pinning this now!

    I'm also following you now - would love if you'd stop by and check my blog out at

    Turning a House into a Home

  7. How fun! It's not easy figuring out how to make these, so thank you for sharing this at Fab Friday!

    Warmly, Michelle

  8. I love this idea. I will have my daughter try it out! She sews.. I don't.. : )

  9. simple and lovely! i'm going to get a sewing machine next week and this may need to be my first project!


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