Here is a cool Summer bag.
Use it for picnics, the beach, going to the library, camping, etc.
- 20 1/2″ x 20 1/2″ fabric of a sturdier weight for exterior, like home décor or denim, 2 pieces
– 7″ x 9 1/2″ fabric, 2 pieces, for exterior pocket, I chose a cotton for the lining and a denim piece
– 2 5/8″ x 2 5/8″ square of a quilting cotton, optional to sew on the pocket front
– 4″ x 22 1/2″ fabric for straps, 2 pieces of a sturdier weight
– 1″ x 3″ fabric scrap, optional accent piece for front
Fold one edge of the exterior fabric over 1/2″. Then fold over 5/8″ and press. Stitch across this with a zigzag stitch. This is the top of the bag. Repeat for the other exterior piece.
Pin the optional fabric square on the pocket front where you would like. The 9 1/2″ edges are the top and the bottom of the pocket.
I cut this fabric square out with pinking scissors and placed it on an angle, keeping at least 2″ away from all sides. Stitch around the edges with a zigzag stitch.
Place the 2 pocket pieces right sides matching. Sew all around with 1/4″ seams, leaving an opening on 1 short side. Turn right side out and press.
Pin the pocket to one of the bag’s exterior piece’s where you would like. Keep about 3″ or so away from all sides. Stitch close to the edge of the pocket on 2 sides and the bottom, leaving one of the long edges for the top of the pocket unsewn. This is the front of the bag.
Fold the optional scrap piece in 1/2 lengthwise and wrong side together. Sew down both long edges closing the loop. Leave the 2 short ends unsewn. I used a 3 thread over lock narrow hem serger stitch.
Pin the fabric strip to the exterior back with right sides and raw edges matching, keeping a couple inches away from the bottom. Baste in place. I pinned mine 3″ down from the top.
Place the 2 bag pieces right sides together with the sewn seams at the top. Sew with 1/4″ seams on the 2 sides and the bottom. I used a 4 thread over lock serger stitch.
Leaving the bag wrong side out, we’re going the square the bottom corners.
Place the side seam over the bottom seam, forming a triangle. Measure from the point of the triangle down 1 3/4″ and pin the seams together. Stitch across the seams. Trim a little extra fabric off, close to the stitches. Zigzag stitch on the raw edges.
Repeat for the other bottom corner. Turn the bag right side out.
For the straps, fold the 2 short ends over 1/4″. Then fold in 1/2 lengthwise and wrong side together. Press. Open back up and fold each long edge to meet in the center, creating a 1″ strap. Stitch on all raw sides close to the edge.
Repeat for the other strap.
Place the bag on a flat surface. Measure over 5″ from each side seam. Pin on strap on these measurements about 1″ down from the top edge. Stitch in a square, attaching the strap.
Repeat for the other back exterior side of the bag for the other strap.
A Summertime Bag!
Have a great day!