You will need:
Outside fabric 2 pieces 26cm x 33cm
Strap 110cm x 8cm
Lining fabric 2 pieces 26cm x 33cm
15cm ribbon or cord and a large button
To make the Pattern:
Draw a rectangle on greaseproof paper 26cm x 33cm. Cut this out. For the curved bottom: mark 3 cm in from one corner, on both edges, draw a curve joining the marks (using something like a mug with approx. 7.5cm diameter) Fold the pattern in half along the length and cut both the curves for the bottom of the bag.
The pattern has a 1cm seam allowance
From the outside fabric cut 2 pieces from the pattern. For the strap cut a piece 110cm x 8cm this has a 1.5cm seam allowance.
From the lining cut 2 pieces from the pattern.
You might want to mark the 1cm seam allowance round the corners.
Stitch the 2 outside pieces together along 3 sides, right sides together, leaving the top open. Reinforce the corners by stitching along the same line again. Trim the corners by snipping small ‘V’ s out of the seam allowance. This will give you a smooth curve when you turn it out the right way.
Do the same again for the lining.
Turn the outside of the bag the right way out and press. Pin your loop of cord or ribbon at the centre of the top edge of the bag. Stitch this in place with a few stitches, just inside the seam allowance.
Place the lining over the outside of the bag, with the right sides of the fabric together. Pin in place and stitch, leaving a gap big enough to get your hand in.
Turn it the right way out and press the top edge.
Top stitch close to the edge, closing the gap.
To make the strap press 1.5cm in along the length on both sides, then fold in half along the length and top stitch along both sides.
Fold over 3cm at each end of the strap, pin and stitch in place about 13cm from the top edge. Check that you haven’t twisted the strap before you stitch.
Wear with pride!
If you would like more detailed instructions email Joelle for the beginners guide.
If you have any questions, please put them in the comments.