One of Stephen Small's best buds recently had a birthday. We decided to give him a hand made book bag. Because every boy needs a book bag.
No pattern necessary. I used this tote bag of mine as the "model" for size. If you're interested in making one, then follow me along on a quick and not super thorough tutorial...
Step 1- cut out 2 rectangles of fabric and 2 rectangles of quilt backing or whatever you want to use for lining. Make the lining slightly smaller (like 1/2 -3/4 inch small on all sides) because you want the lining to fit inside the bag.
Step 2- Sew fabric right sides together and lining right sides together. Turn fabric sides right side out. Leave lining inside out.
Step 3- Slip lining inside bag and line up seams.
Step 4- At the top of bag, fold under and iron the edges under. Pin.
Sew top seam.
Step 5- Cut 2 decent size rectangles for straps. Fold over and sew right sides together.
Step 6- Turn straps right side out. I put a seam down the middle for reinforcement. You could skip this step if desired.
Step 7- Sew straps to top of bag.
When I make another one, I will probably sew the straps in between the lining and the fabric. Experience is the best teacher. I would also wash and dry the quilted lining. It shrunk a little more than I expected. Oh well.
This was such a fun little project.
If I had thought about it far enough in advance, I probably would have had it monogrammed or a name put on there. I think it would be cute to have BOOKS written on it too.
I'll be back soon.