Valentine's Day. If you don't like to celebrate the holiday of love, boycott the gift-giving holiday by making a cute bag to give to YOURSELF! And, if you love Valentine's Day, here is the perfect handmade shopping bag/ lunch bag/ gift bag to give to your Valentine this year.
This project is super easy! If you find that you need more help along the way, we do offer patterns of the project or pre-cut kits for this reusable bag that can be shipped right to your door. If you are in the Spokane, Washington, area, head to the events tab of our website and find a Sip N Sew that showcases this project for tons of fun, precut materials, some personal guidance, and one-on-one help.
Materials Needed and Cutting the Pieces
0.5 yard of the print that you would like for the top section and the lining. Cut one 20inx13in piece for the lining. Cut one 20inx4in piece for top section of the outside of the bag.
0.25 yard of the fabric you would like for the middle section and handles. Cut one 20inx5in piece for the middle section of the bag, Cut two 13inx3in pieces for the handles.
0.25 yard of the print that you would like for the bottom section of the bag. Cut one 20inx6in piece for the bottom section.
1. Sew the length of the strips for the outside of the bag together, right sides together, in the order that they will appear on the outside of the bag. Press seams open.
2. Fold handle pieces in half, lengthwise, right sides together. Pin and sew long raw edge, then flip the tube right-side out. Iron flat.
3. Mark the middle of the long side of the large piece that you created in step one with a pin. This is where the bag will fold when finished to create the second side. With the right side of this large piece face-up on the table, turn the strap pieces in a U shape and pin the ends to the top of the piece, putting the center of each strap end 3in in from the side seams and middle that you marked with a pin.
4. Fold this large piece in half, right sides together, matching short sides. Sew around the bottom and side. Be careful not to catch any part of the straps in these seams. DO NOT SEW THE TOP (where the straps are pinned) CLOSED. Turn right-side out.
5. Fold the lining piece in half, right sides together, matching the short sides. Sew the bottom and side together, leaving the top open. LEAVE A 3in HOLE in the middle of the bottom edge. This will be used to turn the bag right-side out.
6. Put the outer piece inside the lining piece. Pin the top edge of the lining to the top edge of the outer piece, matching the side seams. Keep straps tucked into the bag. Sew around the upper edge of the pinned bags.
7. Reach through the hole that you left in the bottom seam of the lining. Grab the outer part of the bag and pull it out. This will also flip your lining right-side out. Press all the side seams flat, turning in the raw edges of the hole in the bottom of the lining. Make sure that you turn them in the same amount as your seam allowance. Pin closed with raw edges inside. Topstitch along bottom seam of lining, sealing the hole closed.
8. Tuck lining into bag, press top edge.