The true shopaholic loves to go shopping in style, and this gorgeous bag is just the right accessory for her daily shopping needs – everything but the kitchen sink will fit inside! With its generous panelling and sturdy base, it is ideal for trips to the supermarket or farmers’ market, and could even double up as the perfect beach bag or project bag!
You will need
- 76cm (30in) taupe home décor weight fabric for central bag panels
- 36cm (141⁄4in) red scallop home décor weight fabric for striped panels and base
- 20cm (8in) green home décor weight fabric for striped panels
- 76cm (30in) lightweight fusible fleece
- 1m (40in) of 4cm (11⁄2in) wide cotton strap webbing
- Magnetic closure
- Large red button
- 34 x 16cm (131⁄4 x 61⁄4in) piece of bag base, heavy cardboard or thick template plastic
Finished size : 43 x 30cm (17 x 12in) excluding handles
- Trace all of the Shopaholic’s Shopper templates (see Pattern Pullout Sheet) onto tracing paper or template plastic, transferring all the markings and cutting them out around the traced lines.
- From the taupe home décor weight fabric, trace the bag template A twice from the Pattern Pullout Sheet onto folded fabric and cut out along the traced lines to make four pieces. Next flip the bag template B upside down, trace it once onto the folded fabric and cut out along the traced lines to create two pieces.
- From the red scallop home décor weight print, cut four strips measuring 76 x 6.5cm (30 x 21⁄2in), two pieces measuring 35.5 x 18cm (14 x 7in) for the main bag and lining base, and a further two pieces measuring 18 x 5cm (7 x 2in).
- From the green home décor weight fabric, cut three strips measuring 76 x 6.5cm (30 x 21⁄2in) and one piece measuring 20 x 15cm (8 x 6in).
- From the lightweight fusible fleece, trace bag template A once onto the folded fleece and cut out along the traced lines to make two pieces. Cut one panel measuring 76 x 37cm (30 x 141⁄2in), one piece measuring 20 x 15cm (8 x 6in) and another piece measuring 35.5 x 18cm (14 x 7in).
- Interface two of the taupe A pieces, one of the red bag base pieces and the 20 x 15cm (8 x 6in) green panel with the matching lightweight fusible fleece pieces.
To make this project super quick and simple, leave out the stripy piecing of the side panels and substitute with another cute home décor weight fabric.
5mm (1⁄4in) seam allowance included.
1). Sew all of the 76 x 6.5cm (30 x 21⁄2in) red and green fabric strips together alternately along the 76cm (30in) lengths to create a striped panel, as shown.
2). Press all of the seams open, then fuse the fusible fleece panel of the same size to the wrong side of the striped panel. Topstitch the panel along both sides of each seam (see Useful Stitches).
3). Fold the striped pieced panel in half, right sides together, ensuring that all seams and fabric are evenly on top of each other. Trace bag template B (see Pattern Pullout Sheet) onto the folded panel and cut out along the traced lines.
4). Place one of the taupe bag A pieces with fleece and one of the striped bag B pieces on top of each other, right sides together, so that one long side edge meets, as shown. Sew together along the straight side edge, finishing your sewing 5mm (1⁄4in) from the bottom straight edge. Repeat with the remaining interfaced A and striped B pieces.
5). Take the two pieces created in Step 4 and sew together in the same way to create a panel, as shown. Topstitch the seams on the taupe fabric side, again stopping 5mm (1⁄4in) before the bottom edge. Now sew the remaining raw edges together, press and topstitch to the taupe seam side in the same way.
6). Place the interfaced bag base piece right side down, then place the two 18 x 5cm (7 x 2in) strips of red fabric on top of it, right sides up. Using the diagram as a reference, position each 18cm (7in) strip approximately 5cm (2in) in from the ends of the bag base and machine tack (baste) them into position (see Useful Stitches). These will become holders for the bag base insert.
7). Place one of the long edges of the bag base, right side together, with the bottom edge of a taupe section on the main bag. The base will be approximately 5mm (1⁄4in) longer on each side. Sew the edges together, stopping and starting 5mm (1⁄4in) from each edge of the bag base, so that you stop right at the seams of the main bag. Repeat with the remaining long edge of the bag base and the remaining bottom edge of the opposite taupe main bag panel.
8). Now position together one of the short ends of the bag base with the applicable red bottom straight edge of the main bag. Pin in place and then sew together in the same way as for the long edges (see Step 5). Repeat with the remaining base and bag edge so that the base is now completely in place.
For the neatest end result, always sew all the strips together in the same direction.
9). Repeat Steps 4, 5, 7 and 8 with all of the bag lining pieces, this time leaving a 22.5cm (9in) gap in the centre of one of the long bag base seams for turning.
10). Fold the interfaced 20 x 15cm (8 x 6in) piece of green fabric in half, right sides together, so that it measures 10 x 15cm (4 x 6in). Trace the bag flap template (see Pattern Pullout Sheet) onto the wrong side and mark on the position for the magnetic closure and button. Insert the male side of the magnetic closure (see Inserting Magnetic Closures) into the right side at the marked position and then fold back, so that the fabric is folded right sides together again.
11). Sew along the traced line of the bag flap, leaving the top straight edge open for turning. Cut out the flap approximately 3–5mm (1⁄8–1⁄4in) outside the sewn line. Turn and press well. Topstitch the bag flap along all sewn edges. Sew the button onto the right side of the flap at the same location as the magnetic closure beneath it.
12). Place the bag flap right sides together with the bag back. Machine tack (baste) the flap onto the centre, as shown.
13). Keeping the main bag right side out and the lining right side in, place the main bag inside the lining bag. Push the closure flap inside between the two layers so that it is clear of the top edge, then pin all the way around the top edge. Carefully sew all the way around the top of the bag. Snip the corners and turn the bag right side out through the gap in the bottom of the lining. Push the lining inside the main bag and topstitch the top bag edge.
14). Mark where the remaining female side of the magnetic closure should go, then insert it into the bag front, accessing this through the gap in the lining (see Inserting Magnetic Closures).
15). Now take the 34 x 16cm (131⁄4 x 61⁄4in) bag base insert. Carefully insert the base insert in through the turning gap, sliding it into the holders on the main bag base and adjusting, aligning and trimming it as required.
16). Cut two 50cm (20in) lengths of strap webbing. Fold the ends under on one piece by 2.5cm (1in) and press in place. Position the folded ends of the handle on top of the bag front so that they are just next to the seam, as shown in the photo below.
17). Topstitch the ends of the handle in place on the bag front. Now fold the loose section of the handle onto itself along the length and topstitch it in this folded position. Start and end the topstitching approximately 2.5cm (1in) from the top of the bag.
18). Repeat Steps 16–17 to create the back handle. Finally, ladder stitch the turning gap in the lining closed (see Useful Stitches).
The bag base insert adds base strength to the bag – you can use any thick and sturdy material.
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