Happy May Day, beta testers! The intro is short and sweet this week because it's spring time and there is a LOT of goodness to soak up, like this sweet little DIY...
For this project you will need (in addition to the following materials) a sewing machine and a little sewing know-how. If you'd like a sewing basics tutorial post, let me know! I'd be happy to whip one up if folks are interested!
- 1/2 yard patterned cotton fabric (you might be able to get away with 1/4 yard if your pattern isn't directional... or if you don't care for pattern matching)
- 1/4 yard leather (I used faux because it's easier to work with and a LOT cheaper)
- 1/2 yard solid cotton fabric for lining
- 1/4 yard fusible woven interfacing (optional)
- 18" metal zipper (doesn't matter if it's a separating zip, you can always stitch it closed!)
- Matching (or contrasting!) thread color
- Pins, hand-sewing needle, scissors, pencil and ruler
1. Cut your pieces: 2- 11"x15" pieces of lining, 2- 5.5"x15" of leather, and 2- 7"x15" of outer fabric and fusible interfacing. This is optional, but you may want to give your outer cotton fabric more support if your leather is super stiff or the cotton is super wimpy. Up to you!
2. Stitch the leather to the outer fabric, lining up the long sides (right sides together) and stitching with a 1/2" seam allowance. Press the seam allowances open (you may need a press cloth to keep the pleather from melting).
3. Line up your outer panels right sides together, pin and stitch the sides and bottom together with 1/2" seam allowance. Leave about 1/2" at the top open. This makes inserting the zipper easier. Trim your corners. Repeat with the lining, leaving about 6" open along the bottom so you can flip the bag later.
4. Insert zipper. Turn lining inside out and outer bag right side out, nest the outer inside the lining so right sides face each other. With it unzipped, pin the zipper to the top of the bag and lining making sure the zipper faces up and the top of the zipper lines up with the stitching line. Stitch zipper using your sewing machine's zipper foot, 1/4"-3/8" from the teeth. This is the trickiest part of the project so don't be disheartened if you have to take it out a couple times. Zippers are jerks, it's not you.
5. Turn the bag right side out with the little hole you've cleverly left yourself in the lining. You're almost done! I gave all my seams a little press at this point while I could still access the inside, then stitched the opening in the lining closed (by hand or machine).
Done! Now you have a charming and fashionable bag made by your own lovely hands! Even better it didn't cost an arm and a leg to get there! What's better than that?? (the answer is chocolate).
Have any suggestions for projects you'd like to see me tackle? Want to show off the sassy clutch you made? Post it with #bettybetatester! I've got even more springy fun recipes and projects coming your way this month so stay tuned. xo