Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Easy Satchel Bag Tutoral

 I was trying to come up with an eas(ier) satchel bag then some that I've seen.  Here is it - I'm totally keeping this finished bag for myself.

For this project you'll need:
- 1/2 yard of outer fabric
- 1 yard coordinating fabric for the lining and straps
- Batting measuring 16 x 40 inches

- Cut the outer fabric, lining fabric, and batting to 16" x WOF (width of fabric)
- Cut two strips of the lining fabric 6" x WOF (we'll use these for the straps)

Start by ironing all your fabric and cutting all your pieces to the same size (16" x WOF)

Cut three inches off the top of all the layers so the fold-over of your bag won't be too long.

Lay out your pieces with the outer fabric face up, then the lining face down, then the batting on top.  Smooth it out so there aren't any wrinkles.

(Here's a picture with the batting on top, as explained above)

For decoration, cut a triangle off both corners on one side of your project (this will be the side that folds down).

Place a few stabilizing pins in your pieces and bring it to the sewing machine

Sew a 1/4" seam around three sides of your project (the long side, the end with clipped corners, and the other long side).

Be sure to leave one side (the one closest to me in this picture) open.

Turn the project right side out...

...so it looks like this:

Iron around the edges, so you have clean lines all around.

Fold back the outer fabric and clip the lining and batting down 2 inches.

Fold the outer fabric over once and press:

Press each corner of the outer fabric in at a 45 degree angle as shown:

Pin, and sew along the edge of the fabric to close off the opened end of your bag.

Play with how big you want the pocket of your bag to be verses the fold over part of the satchel bag.  Then, fold up one side with right sides together and sew along each edge.

To create your straps, sew both your 6" strips together so they're one long strip.  Then, use this method to make the strip into your strap.  It'll look like this when you're done:

Now we're going to sew the strap into the bottom of the bag.  When you start, the bottom corner of the bag will look like this:

Next, make a little pouch for by pushing the corner in on itself.

Insert your strap into the pouch, and have your other hand on the inside of the bag, ready to hold it in.  While pinching the strap and fabric, turn the bag inside out.

With the strap still iside, mark a line measuring 2.5" across on the corner of your bag and sew along this line.

This makes it so the side of your satchel bag has the strip running along the entire edge.

 Choose one side to sew the strap down to your bag.  This part is really annoying - you have to wrestle your bag in, and try not to sew the bag shut.  Just...do your best and go slow ;)

Reinforce the top with a perpendicular seam and repeat the process with the other side of the bag.

Last, I deiced to fold an in of the top flap in on itself and whip stitch it, just so the flap wouldn't be quite so wide.  This step is optional - you can see my little hand stitches in this picture.

Ta da!  Way to go - its always easier the second time around, so make a few.

Fly Away Quilts

ps - Isn't she a cutie (I'm biased I know)


  1. Looks great! I super love the fabric.

  2. Looks great! I super love the fabric.

  3. Great job! and yes she is a cutie!

  4. Bookmarking right away - this is SO CLEVER! The body done in one piece (imagine a pieced version!), no sewing inside-out and turning the whooole bag through a tiny bit (scrunching interfacing a lot!), and you boxed the corners brilliantly! Beautiful design element with the straps going in the corners and up the sides, and sturdy too! Really simple, super easy finishing of the inside, no making a whole new lining, and if you want to make it all pockety you can jut add those easily! You're brilliant, Lauren!


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