Pretty reversible bag

Pretty reversible bag


  • Template (below)
  • Tracing paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape
  • Four pieces of contrasting fabric (2 with a summery pattern, two with a wintry pattern), each measuring 50x65cm (19½x25½in)
  • Four pieces of lightweight fusible interfacing, each measuring 50x65cm (19½x25½in)
  • Pins 
  • Small scrap of patterned fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
  1. Trace out the pattern for the bag and use a photocopier to enlarge it to the required size. You will need to do this in sections, which you can then stick together. Cut this out to make your template.
  2. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to iron the interfacing on to the back of the four pieces of contrasting fabric.
  3. Fold one piece of fabric in half and pin the template to it, aligning the straight section of the template along the fold in the fabric. Cut this out and repeat for the remaining three pieces of fabric.
  4. To make a label, cut a piece of fabric 7x7cm (2¾x2¾in). With wrong sides facing, fold the fabric in half and sew a seam down each short side, leaving the bottom edge open. Turn the right way out and press.
  5. With right sides facing, place two sections of the same fabric together, positioning the label approximately 2.5cm (1in) down from the bag’s opening. Sandwich the label between the two pieces of fabric (with the label inside the bag) and all raw edges aligned, as shown. Pin around the curved lower part of the bag, stopping approximately 1 cm (½in) down from the bottom of the bag’s opening. Sew a 1cm (½in) seam. Repeat this step with the other two pieces of fabric.
  6. Turn one of the bags right sides out. Then, with right sides facing, place one bag inside the other, making sure it is pushed in all the way in and that the side seams match up. On one side of the bag, pin and sew around the curved front opening and up the inside of the handles. Stop approximately 12cm (4¾in) short at the top of the handles. Repeat on the other side of the bag. Snip around the curved opening, within approximately 3mm (1/ 8in) of the stitching.
  7. Turn the bag the right way out through one of the handles. This is a tight squeeze but keep going!
  8. With right sides facing, and taking one side at a time, pin the two matching ends of one handle together and sew across. Repeat with the other three handle pieces.
  9. Taking one side at a time lay the unsewn, top section of the handles flat on your work surface. Turn under a 1cm (½in) hem on both sides of this strap – pressing and pinning as you go – to get a neat edge. Repeat with the other side of the bag.
  10. Finally, top-sew along the strap hems and around the front opening of the bag, close to the edges. Press.
  • Project from A Year in Crafts by Clare Youngs, published by CICO Books (£14.99)
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