Everyone seems to love my sewing tips and videos so I’ve made another one! Shopping bags are a fantastic accessory that have so many uses. These wonderful bags have become more and more expensive over time, plus they’re not always the size, colour and shape that you really want. I recently found a shopping bag that suited the size and shape I want from a sturdy shoulder bag but it wasn’t really the style and design I usually go for. With some wonderful fabric I picked up from my local fabric store I decided to recreate this bag in the style that really suits me. Here’s how I did it.
All you’ll need:
- Fabric of your choice and size.
- Coordinating Thread
- Sewing Machine
Cut a rectangle of fabric to the size that when folded in half is the size you’d like your bag to be.
Fold the material so the patterned sides lay flat together on the inside – we’re going to sew this bag inside out.
With your sewing machine, run a stitch up the two short sides to about 1 inch from the top.
Fold the inch of spare fabric back on itself and sew each double fold.
Stitch the two long sides all the way to the top.
Decide the length and width you would like your straps to be. I went for about 1/2 meter in length and about 2 inches wide. So I cut two lengths of fabric at 1/2 meter by 4 inches.
Fold your fabrics length ways, inside out and stitch along the length of your fabric.
Turn your straps back inside out by pulling the inner material out. This can be tricky!
Lay your straps flat with one end on one width side of the bag and the other reaching up around and down to lay flat on the other side of the bag.
Sew each strap to your bag. Align the second strap with the first otherwise your bag will be wonky!
Double stitch each strap for extra security.
Fold your back inside out and it’s done! You’re free to decorate your bag as you like or start using it straight away!
Watch this video and I’ll show you how it turned out!