What you need:
Sewing machine, thread, needles, scissors, pins or Wonder Clips, Rotary cutting supplies, fabric, and Pellon 101 Shape Flex interfacing. If you want to make the drawstring-and-loops variation, you will also need 40 inches of ⅜-inch wide grosgrain ribbon, cut into a 28-inch length plus 6 2-inch pieces, and a stop-lock toggle.
Materials included in the kit:
- 2 rectangles of fabric that are 13.5 inches by 6.5 inches. Although the bag is reversible, choose one fabric for the outside and one for the lining. Fuse interfacing to both rectangles
- 2 five inch squares of fabric for the circular bottoms
- 2 rectangles of Pellon 101 Shape Flex interfacing that are 6.5 in wide and 20 in long
- A strip of fabric for your strap that is 44 to 60 inches long and 2.5 inches wide
- A strip of Shape Flex that is 1.75 inches wide and the length of your strap to fuse on your strap
- A template with a diameter of 118 mm.
- 28 inches of 3/8inch wide grosgrain ribbon plus 12 inches for the drawstring and loops variation and a stop-lock toggle
I like to wear my bags crossbody style and have found that taking a measurement from hip to opposite shoulder and doubling it gives a pretty good length for this which is why there is a range given for the strap measurement.
Sew right sides together and turn the tube so the right side of the fabric is facing out. I used a tube turner, though you can find other methods online. Then top stitch the strap 1/8 inch from each long side. You might find your blind hem foot helpful for this.
Sew right sides together of your 6.5 x 13.5 in rectangle to make a cylinder.
Use the circular template and a pencil to trace a circle on the back of your two 5-inch squares of fabric. The circle includes a ¼ inch seam allowance.
Putting the cylinder and circle together (You will do this twice)
Here is a video of me stitching the circle to the bottom of the tube. Things to remember: the math works. The circle will fit the circumference of the tube and YOU ARE THE BOSS OF THE FABRIC. Go as slowly as you need.
Next you will pin (or clip) your strap and loops (if desired) to the outside of one of the cylinders. It may feel like it’s upside down, but that is the correct orientation.
It will get folded under and sewn over. Make sure you are placing the two ends of the strap across from itself and that it’s not twisted.