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The Easiest DIY Bag on the Planet to Sew

By: Bobbie from avisiontoremember.com
The Easiest DIY Bag on the Planet to Sew
The Easiest DIY Bag on the Planet to Sew
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This is no joke . . . this is the easiest bag to sew on the planet. If you're looking for easy, free bag patterns, look no further than The Easiest Bag on the Planet to Sew. Originally designed as a project to sew with a group of 9 year-old girls, this DIY bag is a kid-friendly sewing pattern. The results are cute for adults and kids alike! The raw edges of the seams make this project particularly friendly to new sewists. No need for perfect seams! Make a bag with raw edges for a cute, shabby-chic, boho project.

Project TypeMake a Project

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Sewn byMachine

Beginner

Materials List

  • Main Fabric (the outside fabric print) 1/2 yard
  • Coordinating Fabric (outside pocket, inside divider, and handles) 3/4 Yard
  • Flannel Fabric (this adds weight to the bag and makes the frayed edges a bit fuller and prettier) 3/4 Yard

Instructions:

  1. Cut your width of fabric piece in half so you have two 4" by 22" (ish) pieces. You will now sew (with the right sides together) down the long side and across 1 of the small sides making a tube. Turn your tube press and repeat with your other 4" piece

  2. Layer all of your flannel pieces with your coordinating main and coordinating fabric pieces. The 10.5" flannel will go with the 21" coordinating piece. The 12" coordinating and the 6" flannel will also go together. For the coordinating pieces with their smaller flannel pieces you will line up the flannel on 1 end of the cotton fabric piece. Then fold the flannel piece over so that it completely covers the flannel on the top and the bottom. It will resemble a 1 page book (the cotton is the cover, and the flannel is inside page)

  3. Sew across the top of the all your layered pieces (except the 4" by width of fabric piece). For the main fabric piece it will be across both of the 14" sides (make sure to pin and sew in your handles at the same time) and for the pocket and dividers it will be across the side that is opposite of the fold.

  4. Pin your front pocket into place on your outside bag piece by folding over your main fabric piece to find the right placement. Top stitch it into place.

  5. Now add your divider piece inside of your bag. Make sure that when you fold your main fabric piece in half that the divider piece lines up with the bottom of the bag.

  6. I like to use clips to hold the bag together while I sew down the 2 sides of the bag.

  7. Voila! Your Quick and Easiest Bag on the Planet is finished.

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One does not have to be new to sewing to appreciate this bag but it really is also a great project for a beginner. I love the casual look of the slightly rough seams but, besides the visual appeal, they also take a lot of the stress out of a first project. Get sewing everyone! It is a really nice bag and easy to make too!

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