In this tutorial I will show you how to make an across the body bag, perfect for everyday use. I will show you how to box the bottom to add more room.
Firstly I have chosen 2 co-ordinating fabrics, one for the inside and one for outside as I am going to make this bag reversible. I have cut 2 pieces of each fabric measuring 20 inches by 15 inches but the size is up to you.
Once stitched, press then repeat for the other 2 pieces.
To box the bottom, grab the side and bottom at a corner and match the seams that you will find meet.
Next stitch across the corner lining your stitches up with the pin (do not sew over the pin or your machine needle could break)
Repeat for all 4 corners
Next you need to cut across where you have sewn, removing the corner piece as shown below.
Next, turn the bag through the opening that you have left
The picture below shows the whole bag pulled through to the right side. Now press.
Next pin across the gap that you left for turning.
Stitch across the bottom to close. Here I have used the same embroidery stitch and thread as this bag will be reversible and when this side is showing it will add a fancy effect to the bag.
Now push the lining back inside the bag.
Next, top stitch with any stitch you like around the top of the bag. This step is optional but gives a neat finish. Here you can see the stitching inside and outside of the bag.
Now fold under the raw edge of your strap and pin in place across the side seam of your bag.
Now stitch the strap in place. I sew with a straight stitch around the square of the strap and you could also sew diagonallly, corner to corner like a cross, for additional strength.
AND.... you are done.
This is the finished bag made for a friend for her birthday.
On the floral blue bag I made the strap longer as this is for a taller person, this strap is 72 inches long overall.
If you have any questions please let me know and if you have anything you would like me to do a tutorial for then also please let me know.
Thanks and happy sewing, please share your pictures with me if you make the bag using this tutorial xxx