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Giveaway! Bag Patterns from ChrisW Designs

Today, we’re excited to offer one Craft Buds reader the chance to win 3 PDF patterns of their choice from ChrisW Designs!

Australia-based designer Christine makes some of the cutest handbags, clutches and backpacks around. Here are the three PDF patterns I would choose if I could pick just three!

The Amy Backpack would be great for a boy or a girl…just change up the fabrics! Includes a large zippered pocket, elastic front pocket and two side pockets for loads of storage.

The Olivia Handbag makes a great everyday purse with metal rings hardware, two front-flap pockets and a recessed zipper in the top to keep all of your belongings safe and sound.

For a simple “grab and go” bag, The Emma makes perfect sense. This cute shoulder bag has a magnetic snap closure and would be great for little girls as well as adults.

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One lucky winner will receive their 3 favorite patterns from ChrisW Designs. Good luck, and be sure to check out Christine’s blog to stay in touch!

Easy Lined Zipper Pouch

how to sew an easy, lined zipper pouch

Have no fear of the zipper! This lined zipper pouch tutorial will show you just how easy it is to create a zip-bag to store your goodies. When you don’t need to carry everything with you, replace your purse with a simple zipper clutch and store your keys, cards and cash! When you are done, you can use this same method to create a zipper pouch in various sizes based on your needs.

Materials
– 2 fat quarters (18”x22”) of cotton quilting fabric
– 9″ zipper
– Sewing machine with zipper foot
– Optional: medium-weight fusible interfacing

Want to print these instructions for later? Download the FREE 10-page PDF pattern with color photos here!

Finished Size
9-1/2″ long x 6-1/2″ tall

All seam allowances are 1/4″ unless otherwise noted.

Cutting:

From outer fabric, cut (2) rectangles 10″ x 7″  and (2) zipper tabs tabs 1-1/2” x 3”.

From lining fabric, cut (2) rectangles 10″ x 7″.

Assembly:

Fold zipper tabs in half widthwise, to make a square shape. On the right side of zipper, position fold of one zipper tab so it just overlaps metal end of zipper. Center and pin in place.

Position other folded zipper tab so fold just overlaps edge of zipper pull. Again, center and pin in place.  Note: Turn the sewing machine slowly with your hand when sewing close to metal parts, so as not to break a needle.

Using zipper foot, stitch zipper tabs in place with horizontal line along folded edge, about 1/8” from fold. Avoid metal parts as you sew. Test zipper to make sure tabs do not interfere with zipping.

sewing zipper tabs

Your zipper should look like this with both of the tabs attached.

Center zipper edge to pouch front, so right sides of pouch and zipper are facing. Pin edge of zipper to raw edge of top flap.

With zipper on top, stitch 1/4” from pinned edge.

Stack clutch back on clutch front, right sides facing, and pin raw edge of clutch back to free edge of zipper and repeat stitching.

This is what your pouch front should look like, when opened.

Now, it’s time to attach the lining!

Lay out the zipper pouch with the fabric wrong side up. (In the picture above, one outer fabric panel is folded back.) With wrong side of lining facing up, pin right side of lining to exposed zipper edge, as pictured.

When you fold back the lining, this is what you should see: the right side of the lining fabric. Stitch 1/4” from pinned edge to attach the first lining panel.

Now, repeat this process to attach the second lining panel on the exposed zipper edge. Pin the lining right side down against the raw edge of the zipper, and then stitch 1/4″ from edge.

This is what the lining panels will look like when they are sewn. You should see the back of the zipper and the right sides of both lining panels.

Leave zipper unzipped, and pin together right sides of clutch body, making sure to align top strips. Pin together right sides of lining pieces.

Stitch 1/4” around perimeter of both body and lining, leaving 4” open at bottom of lining for turning.

Through the opening you left earlier, carefully turn the bag inside out. Push lining inside of the bag and smooth out the corners. Press pouch and hand-stitch the lining closed.

How to sew a simple zip bag

Enjoy your new lined zipper pouch! Wasn’t that easy? If you make this pattern, we’d love to see it in the Craft Buds Flickr group!

How to sew a zipper bag

Once you are comfortable with this simple zippered pouch, try out the quilted version: e-Reader Sleeves: iPad or Kindle Cover Pattern.

Download the FREE printable PDF pattern with color photos here!

Upcycle: Shirt to Purse

I love all the details you find in clothes: the little buttons, pleats and seams. I wanted to come up with a way to use those details to give some thrifted shirts new life. So I designed two purse patterns that use those fun details to their advantage.

In this tutorial, I’ll be featuring the instructions and pattern for the pink shirt and the tote bag. You can find the instructions and pattern for the brown/green shirt over at my other blog, Bugglebee Handmade.

The shirt I’m using in my pattern is a petite XL. Depending on the shirt you’re using, you may need to scale down the pattern a bit.

Materials:

  1. One long-sleeved shirt
  2. 1/2 yard fusible fleece
  3. 1/2 yard fabric for lining (I used a heavier weight home dec fabric)
  4. 82″ canvas strap

First you’ll cut out all the pieces. The following two photos show all the pieces together and also where each piece came from. The numbers correspond to the list below.

  1. Using the free PDF pattern from Google Docs here, cut two each from the shirt (top and bottom of the back side of shirt), fusible web, and lining fabric for the main body of the tote. The pattern is 2 pages. You’ll want to print both pages out, line up the dots and tape them together. In your browser the PDF preview may show the pages are cropped. If you are having problems printing the whole pattern through Google Docs, use your mouse to click on File (left side of screen), then choose “download original.” Open the downloaded document and try printing again.
  2. but once you download it, it  will show correctly.
  3. Cut one 9 3/8″ x 4″ rectangle from the shirt, fusible web, and lining fabric for the tote bottom.
  4. Cut two 13.5″ x 4″ rectangles from the shirt and fusible web, and four from the lining fabric for the sides. I cut the shirt fabric horizontally from the front of the shirt with the button 1/3 of the way in. This piece will become a pocket.
  5. Cut off the bottom 8.5″ sleeves including the cuff. Use the slit in the cuff and cut it open into a rectangle and remove any buttons. Mine is 10.5″ wide but it will vary by shirt. Also cut a 8.75″x10.5″ rectangle from the liner fabric.

Now that you’ve got all your pieces ready, let’s prep the outer pocket. For the front pocket, fold over the top 1/4″ of the liner fabric and iron it down.  then with wrong sides together, stitch the tops together. Then, flip the fabric so right sides are together. Line up the bottom of the two fabrics and stitch them together. Then turn it right side out.

Next, you’ll stitch together the strips for the sides and bottom of the tote. Line up the strips from the shirt face side down (side, bottom, side). Place the liner strips on top of the two side strips (these will line the side pockets seen in the photos at the bottom of the post) and sew them all together with right sides together.

Then with right sides together, sew the side/bottom strip to one of the main body pieces. I found it easier to line up the center and sew from the center out to the top. Then I went back and did the other side. Then sew on the other main body piece (not pictured) and turn it right side out.

Stitch the pocket on along the bottom seam. The pocket will still have raw edges.

Iron the fusible fleece to the liner strips for the sides and to the main body pieces. Line up the side strips (side, bottom, side) and sew them together. Then sew that strip to the main body pieces using the same method as the exterior. Trim off any excess material around the seam allowance.

Now nestle the liner inside the exterior of the bag. Fold the tops inside 1″ and stitch around the top with a 1/8″ seam allowance.

You’re almost done and just need to add the strap! Make sure the strap isn’t twisted and overlap the edges by 1/8″. Zig zag stitch back and forth over the strap until the raw edges are secured. The strap will now be one big loop.

Line up strap with the raw edges of the front pocket. Start by pinning down the zig zagged seam on your strap to the bottom of the bag. Then pin down the sides. Stitch along both sides of each canvas strap and make an X at the top of each strap. (Before I stitched down the straps, my husband pointed out that the front pocket didn’t stand out so I went back and added the pink strip to the top.)

And you’ve made a shirt into a tote! I really like the pleats from the sleeve on the front pocket and the side pockets from the front of the shirt. The side pockets are mostly just for show. In my pattern they’re too narrow to fit much. If you want them to be more functional make the side/bottom strips wider.

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